Qatar Airways announced on March 23 that its “Privilege Club” frequent flyer program has officially adopted Avios as its reward base.

Avios already serves as a frequent flyer point for members of the British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Aer Lingus Aer Club and Vueling Club. The Qatari airline’s membership in Avios offers a combination of benefits, including a wider range of guaranteed award seats and competitive pricing on Qatar Airways flights.

The frequent flyer program alliance is first applied to the Qatar Airways and British Airways frequent flyer programs. Members of both Clubs can make unlimited transfers of Avios balances between accounts, without balance limitations or transfer fees, and spend and redeem tickets for Qatar Airways and British Airways awards. At this time, it is not possible to transfer Avios from other programs directly to Qatar Airways. But this will be a next step.

IAG Loyalty and Qatar Airways are working on introducing new customer benefits as part of the partnership. The two entities plan to expand ways for members to earn and collect Avios worldwide in the coming months. Future benefits will include an expanded list of airline and non-airline partnerships, including telecommunications, financial services and entertainment.

There’s more good news for members of BA’s Executive Club program. The British airline has lowered the award level for travel in Qsuite, the business class in Qatar. Avios points now count at a level similar to that of the Qatar Privilege Club. The latter previously offered lower award levels for Qsuites.

Luc Citrinot