Qatar Airways Set to Join Avios

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Qatar Airways is the latest name to join the Avios loyalty program. The premium airline announced earlier this week, with eh switchover from Privilege Club Qmiles to Avios expected to finalize towards the end of March.

Qatar Airways Switching to Avios

Qatar Airways will drop its Privilege Club loyalty program, opting for Avios instead. The change from Privilege Club to Avios will finalize in March, with existing Qmiles transferring to Avios at a ratio of 1:1. In addition, members will retain their well-earned rewards balance. They will be able to continue enjoying the redemption opportunities they currently have.

Avios is the global loyalty currency of British Airways Executive Club, Aer Lingus AerClub, Iberia’s Iberia Plus, and Vueling’s Vueling Club. Members can earn points through flights with any Avios-earning airline or with select partners – including Best Western, Agoda, Melia Hotels & Resorts, Avis, Nike, Macy’s, and more.

The switch from Qmiles to Avios also opens up the possibility of a new co-branded credit card through JP Morgan Chase. Chase already issues co-branded airline credit cards for British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus. Qatar Airways currently offers co-branded credit cards with Doha Bank, QIB Bank, Burgan Bank, Housing Bank, and QNB. However, the airline does not offer a credit card for the U.S. market.

“Qatar Airways Continues to Redefine Loyalty”

In a press release announcing the switch to Avios, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker stated: “The transition from Qmiles to Avios marks a ground-breaking new era for Privilege Club, enabling our loyal members to participate in the most compelling loyalty network and the largest portfolio of partners in the industry.

“As the World’s Best Airline, Qatar Airways continues to redefine loyalty through the adoption of exciting digital innovations to create unique world-class experiences for our members. We look forward to revealing more details of this exciting change over the coming weeks, as we explore even more ways to reward our valued members both on and off the ground.”

CEO of IAG Loyalty, Mr. Adam Daniels, the firm that owns and operates the Avios program, added: “Qatar Airways have recognized the power of Avios. By adopting Avios, they will be able to offer their customers a wider range of benefits and support their business development ambitions. It’s an exciting step for IAG Loyalty as we extend our leadership in loyalty, increase Avios’ global reach, and build out our partnership strategy even further.”

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