As I wrote about last month, Qatar QMiles have been converted to Avios, joining IAG Group’s British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Vueling. Qatar is the largest shareholder in IAG, so moving to Avios is a natural move.
Miles have been converted at a 1:1 ratio and Qatar mileage requirements remain the same.
You can enroll here in Qatar Avios by 3/31/22 and get 2,500 miles instantly, or another 5,000 miles for flying on a paid Qatar flight by 9/30/22.
Note that you must be at least 18 to have a QMiles account.
Qatar has some decent reward options, like Qatar Qsuites business class awards from JFK to Doha for 70K miles, JFK to the Maldives for 85K and JFK to Cape Town for 95K miles.
You can redeem AA miles for Qatar Qsuites business class from JFK to Doha or the Maldives for the same 70K miles and JFK to South Africa is just 75K AA miles with no fuel surcharges, though only Marriott points transfer into AA miles, making them harder to get other than from their own credit cards.
Currently Citi points transfer to Qatar, but not British Airways. However you can now transfer Citi points to British Airways via Qatar!
Currently AMEX, Capital One, and Chase points points transfer to British Airways but not Qatar. However you can now transfer AMEX, Capital One, and Chase points to Qatar via British Airways!
I have updated the master transfer and points expiration post with this information.
Qatar QSuites is one of the highest rated business class products around. They can be configured into a closed suite for 1, 2, or even 4 passengers! They even provide delicious Hermolis kosher meals onboard!
If you enroll 6 people with the 2,500 mile bonus and convert the Qatar Avios to British Airways Avios, you will then be able to create a BA household account and merge those miles together for 15K Avios in one account, enough for 2 free one-way domestic short haul award tickets!
Note that if you do enroll in a household account, you won’t be able to redeem Avios for anyone outside of your household.
It’s worth noting that BA has removed the hundreds of dollars in fuel surcharges that they used to levy on Qatar flights, though they still charge a few dollars more than Qatar.
QSuites, via Qatar Avios:
Will you signup for a Qatar account?