As of yesterday, the Qatar Airways Privilege Club uses Avios as its currency of choice and also as of yesterday, Qatar Airways Privilege Club accounts and British Airways Executive Club accounts can be linked and Avios transferred back and forth between them. That's what makes the current new member sign-up bonus that Qatar Airways is offering so attractive.
Last month, Qatar Airways announced that its Privilege Club frequent flyer program would be replacing Qmiles with Avios as its currency and as of today, that transition appears to be complete. As importantly, not only do flights credited to the Privilege Club now earn Avios but flyers with British Airways Executive Club and Privilege Club accounts can now link those accounts and move Avios between them.
In an announcement that's nothing short of stunning, Qatar Airways has confirmed that it will be adopting Avios as the currency for its Privilege Club loyalty program from late next month. Qmiles are going to be history and going forward, Privilege Club program members will earn the same currency as members of the British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, and Aer Club.
Qatar Airways has launched a new Qmiles sale in which it's selling its currency at a 40% discount for today and tomorrow. After tomorrow, the discount drops to 30%. Historically, Qatar Airways mileage sales haven't been particularly interesting because award costs have been sky high, but now that some awards can be booked for almost half of what they once cost, sales like this one start to look attractive.
Earlier this year, Qatar Airways and JetBlue announced that their "strategic partnership" would be expanding with the airlines codesharing on more routes and with reciprocal loyalty program benefits on the way for Privilege Club and TrueBlue members. As of yesterday, one of those reciprocal benefits was finally delivered with JetBlue and Qatar Airways flyers now able to earn points/miles on both airlines.
It was only last November when we saw Qatar Airways first introduce its version of an unbundled Business Class fare which no longer offered free seat selection or lounge access as part of its benefits package. Now, less than a year later, Qatar Airways is overhauling its Business Class fare structure once again and the latest changes could spell the end of the line for those of us accustomed to earning valuable elite status by booking the best deals that Qatar Airways offers.
Qatar Airways has rightly faced a good deal of criticism recently for being less than forthcoming with refunds that passengers are entitled to and for being unnecessarily opaque and hurried when it comes to how it has been dealing with elite status extensions...but the airline is in the road to redemption.
We have already seen IHG Rewards Club lower its elite status thresholds for 2020 and Hilton Honors has also confirmed that it's reviewing its elite status requirements for 2020 but, up until yesterday (and with the exception of Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific), we hadn't heard any of the major airlines making statements about the situation surrounding elite status qualification and elite benefits. Qatar Airways just changed that.
Qatar Airways has announced that, with immediate effect, Platinum-tier Privilege Club members may access the Al Safwa First Class lounge in Doha free of charge when traveling in Business Class.
Qatar Airways has now published its latest set of Easy Deals which cover travel up to the busy Holiday period (the Holidays are not included) and, as usual, there are some very good redemption opportunities to be had and discounts on multiple Qsuite routes.
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