Qatar Airways Avios: Rewards Overview

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Overview of Qatar Avios including earning and redeeming Avios, transfer partners, and credit cards along with reward calculators.
Last Updated 2022-08-10

Avios is shared rewards program owned by British Airways and is used by British Airways, Ibera, Aer Lingus, Vueling, and Qatar. The act of earning and redeeming Avios with Qatar will differ from other Avios-earning programs.

Qatar Avios at-a-glance

Qatar Avios Value Worth 1 cent each on average
Airline Alliance oneworld
Major Transfer Partners
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How to earn Qatar Avios

There's a handful of ways that you can earn Avios. This includes:

  • Flying Qatar and their partners
  • Using transfer partner credit cards
  • Spending with travel partners
  • Buying Avios

Flying Qatar and partners

The most straightforward way to earn Qatar Avios is by flying Qatar and their partners. If you're logged into your Qatar Privilege Club account, you'll earn Avios when booking flights through qatarairways.com.

Qatar Avios can also be earned booking travel with the following oneworld alliance partners:

When booking through airline partners, be sure to put in your Qatar Privilege Club membership number into your reservation so that you can be credited Qatar Avios.

Using transfer partner credit cards

Qatar Airways doesn't offer a co-branded credit cards for U.S.-based members, but you can still earn Qatar Avios using credit cards offered by the following transfer partners:

Citi ThankYou Rewards credit cards

Citi ThankYou Points can be transferred to Qatar Privilege Club at a 1:1 ratio. This means that every 1,000 points you transfer to Qatar will give you 1,000 Qatar Avios.

There are two credit cards that allow you to transfer Citi ThankYou points to partners:

If you have one of the above cards, you can then pair them with other ThankYou Rewards credit cards and transfer those points to Qatar as well!

Marriott Bonvoy credit cards

Marriott Bonvoy points can be transferred to Qatar Privilege Club at a 3:1 ratio meaning that every 3,000 points you transfer will give you 1,000 Qatar Avios.

In addition to that, Marriott will give you a 5,000 Avios bonus for every 60,000-block of points you transfer in a single transaction. So a 60,000-Marriott point transfer would give you a total of 25,000 Qatar Avios.

Marriott has a total of four available credit cards between Chase and American Express that you can use to build points.

British Airways Executive Club credit cards

Avios earned with British Airways Executive Club can be transferred to Qatar Avios at a 1:1 ratio and vice-versa. The ability to move Avios between both of these programs freely opens up the doors for many additional transfer partners to Qatar.

British Airways only has one co-branded credit card. It will not earn you much spending with Qatar, but it does have a 100,000 Avios intro bonus which is what the card is most known for.

Iberia Plus credit cards

Iberia Plus is another Avios-earning program that allows you to move Avios back and forth between it's program and British Airways Executive Club. Since you can transfer Iberia Avios to British Airways and then transfer those to Qatar, this makes Iberia a transfer partner.

Iberia offers one co-branded credit card and like the British Airways credit card, it offers a 100,000 Avios intro bonus which can net you a significant amount of Qatar Avios.

American Express Membership Rewards credit cards

American Express Membership Rewards is a 1:1 transfer partner of British Airways which means it is also a 1:1 transfer partner of Qatar Airways. This gives you the ability to earn a significant amount of Qatar Avios due to AMEX's high intro bonuses and category multipliers.

American Express offers a total of 9 Membership Rewards credit cards. Out of those options, here are our top picks:

Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards

Chase Ultimate Rewards is a 1:1 transfer partner of British Airways Executive Club which means it's also a 1:1 transfer partner of Qatar Avios. Chase offers three credit cards that you can use to earn points—all of which are fantastic for those who enjoy traveling:

Points earned with Chase's no-annual fee cash back credit cards can be transferred to the three cards above. So be sure to build the perfect combo of Chase credit cards to maximize your earnings.

Capital One Miles credit cards

Capital One Venture Rewards and Spark Rewards programs are both 1:1 transfer partners of British Airways, which means that they are also a 1:1 transfer partner of Qatar. Capital One offers a handful of credit cards that earns points at a flat-rate across all purchases as well as bonus points when booking airfare, car rentals, and hotels through Capital One Travel portal.

Here are our top picks for earning Capital One miles:

Qatar travel partners

Qatar Avios can be earned spending with partners which includes car rentals, hotels, and retail. Top partners includes:

You can check out qatarairways.com for the full list of partners.

Buying Qatar Avios

If you're a few Avios short of a redemption, you can buy Avios in blocks of 1,000 starting from 35 USD. The more Avios you buy in a single transaction, the less you pay per Avios.

You can buy up to 250,000 Avios per year, but you must have earned a minimum of 1,000 Avios from your date of enrollment before you can purchase additional Avios.

Redeeming Qatar Avios

Qatar Avios offers a handful of redemption options which includes:

  • Flights with Qatar and their airline partners
  • Excess baggage fees
  • In-flight Wi-Fi
  • Car rentals
  • Hotels
  • Qatar eShop (retail)

Redeeming Qatar Avios for flights with Qatar and their airline partners will offer the best value. There's several sweet spots that can offer you great value.

Those include:

  • Flying from the U.S. to Doha on Qatar Airways
  • Flying from the U.S. to Europe on American Airlines
  • Flying from the U.S. to Australia on Qantas in First Class

How much are Qatar Avios worth?

The Point Calculator values Avios at 1 cent each for standard flights and 2 cents for First and Business class flights.

Qatar Avios value

Redemption option Redemption value in cents
Business and first class flights with Qatar and oneworld partners 1.8 - 2.2
Standard flight redemptions with Qatar Airways and oneworld partners 0.8 - 1.2
Redeeming points for hotels and car rentals 0.5 - 0.8

FAQ

How do you earn Qatar Avios?

Qatar Avios can be earned flying Qatar and partners, spending with travel partners, and using credit cards.

Can you transfer points to Qatar?

Yes. You can transfer rewards from all major U.S. partners directly to your Qatar Privilege Club account.

What's the best way to earn Qatar Avios?

The best way to earn lots of Qatar Avios is through intro bonuses and credit card spending.

How much are Qatar Avios worth?

The Point Calculator values Qatar Avios at 1 cent each on average for economy redemptions and 2 cents each for First and Business class redemptions with Qatar and their airline partners.

Can you transfer British Airways Avios to Qatar Avios?

Yes. You can move Avios back and forth between British Airways and Qatar at a 1:1 ratio. Your accounts must be linked to do so.

Can you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Qatar Avios?

Yes. You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways Avios first and then transfer them to Qatar from British Airways.