Qatar Airways adopts Avios as award currency – loses Qmiles

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It was just announced that Qatar Airways was ditching their old currency and adoption Avios. If you’re unfamiliar with Avios, it’s the backbone of British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus. While each airline maintains its own Avios program, they’re all subsidiaries of parent company IAG of which Avios is the main currency. You can use Avios to move points between the subsidiary airlines, and with this news, I’m hopeful Qatar Airways will be too. It’s also worth noting that Qatar owns a large stake in IAG…so this isn’t that out of the blue.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • All Privilege Club Qmiles will be converted 1:1 into Avios
  • The current award chart is staying the same



Currently you can transfer Citi Thank You into Qatar Airways

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Will we see Avios become transferrable to Qatar?

You can currently move Avios around between British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus. Will we soon be able to move them to Qatar Airways? Let’s hope so… but there wasn’t any news on that

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Often Avios are on a transfer bonus from Amex and Chase. Will Qatar follow suit?

Currently, Qatar Airways is a transfer partner of Citi Thank You points. But, who knows, this could change. But even if it doesn’t, it could potentially be possible to move them into say British Airways during a transfer bonus and then into Qatar Airways.a screenshot of a phone

Sample Redemptions that are of interest

Flying QSuites could be an interesting option now…

70k in Business Class one way between Doha and the following cities

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • LAX
  • Miami
  • New York JFK
  • Philly
  • Dulles

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Who knows what will happen, but this certainly isn’t bad news.

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