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The partnership of British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Airways Privilege Club is now live. Privilege Club is officially using Avios. At this early stage, perhaps the most appealing function for most InsideFlyer UK readers is to Combine Your Avios back and forth between Executive Club and Privilege Club.
The methodology for moving Avios back and forth is slightly different to what you might be accustomed to. There is a separate link for BA <–> Qatar transfers.
When you click on the link, you will be taken to a special website. You will be required to login to your British Airways Executive Club account again.
When you log in for the first time, you will be asked to provide a mobile phone number. This will be used for two-factor authentication each time you login. (i.e. a one-time password will be sent by text to your phone)
You will be asked to “link accounts“. It is worth noting that you can only link and unlink the same accounts twice in your/their lifetime. So don’t make any mistakes. (or think that you can set up multiple Privilege Club accounts and combine all of those free Avios into one BA account)
As part of the account linking process, you will be also sent a one-time password to the email address and/or telephone number associated with your Privilege Club account.
Once your accounts are linked, you can transfer Avios freely back and forth… (if you want to move in a different direction to the default, you need to click on the double arrows)
Your transfer should happen instantly…
But What About…
British Airways Household Accounts
I had no problem moving 2,500 Avios from Qatar into a British Airways Executive Club Household Account.
It appears that you can only link a Qatar Airways Privilege Club account with a British Airways Executive Club account.
Therefore, if you want the ultimate destination of your Avios to be an Iberia Plus account, you will have to make a second transfer as normal. (click here to be reminded how)
Don’t Forget Your 2,500 Free Avios
If you sign up to Qatar Airways Privilege Club by using this link – BEFORE 31 March, 2022 – you will earn 2,500 Avios. Those Avios can be freely transferred over to Executive Club.
So, there’s no excuse for not signing up for a Privilege Club account today and testing out the new Combine Your Avios function…