Get 2,500 free Avios by signing up for Qatar Privilege Club and even more when you use Cash + Avios

Mar 24, 2022

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If you’re not a member of Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club loyalty program, now is a great time to sign up.

When you sign up for an account and use promo code “FLYQR3,” you will be rewarded with 2,500 welcome Avios.

And since Privilege Club members can now link their Avios accounts to British Airways Executive Club, you can transfer your Qatar Avios (including the 2,500 welcome Avios) to British Airways at no charge.

Plus, you can earn even more free Avios when you take your first flight and use the new Cash + Avios feature.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can benefit from each of these promotions.

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How to get 2,500 free Avios

Qatar’s Qsuite on the Airbus A350-1000. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

As mentioned, Qatar Airways is currently running a promotion that awards 2,500 bonus Avios to new members. You can join the program by registering on this page.

As with signing up for any airline loyalty program, you will be prompted for a variety of personal details. But you’ll want to take special note of the “Enrolment promo code” section. Add “FLYQR3” to that box before continuing to the next screen.

Use promo code FLYQR3 for 2,500 welcome Avios
(Screenshot from qatarairways.com)

After you submit your application, you will be given a membership number, and 2,500 Avios will instantly be deposited into your account.

If you fly with Qatar Airways by 30 Sept and credit the flight to your new membership account, you will receive an additional 5,000 bonus Avios.

Keep in mind that this promotion expires on 31 March.

Earn up to 10,000 Avios with this Cash + Avios promotion

Qatar is also giving members up to 10,000 bonus Avios when using its new Cash + Avios feature. When you book a flight by 31 March and fly before 31 Oct, you’ll earn 5,000 Avios when you book an economy ticket and 10,000 Avios when you book a first- or business-class ticket using this feature. You will only earn the bonus on flights operated by Qatar Airways.

This feature lets you use a mixture of cash and Avios to pay for an award ticket. You can use as many Avios as you’d like, with more Avios equaling a higher discount.

When booking your ticket, make sure that you’re logged in to your account. You’ll also need to use promo code “QRAVIOS” when you search for your flight.

Use promo code QRAVIOS for bonus Avios
(Screenshot from qatarairways.com)

When you get to the payment page, you’ll find a slider where you can select your preferred ratio of cash to Avios. On an economy-class flight from Doha, Qatar, to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, costing 410 Qatari riyals (about £85), you can use a minimum of 1,250 Avios, which takes 36 riyals (about £7.50) off the bill. If you want to use 2,500 Avios, you will save 73 riyals (about £15).

Cash + Avios on Qatar
(Screenshot from qatarairways.com)

Any combination of cash and Avios should trigger the 5,000 Avios (economy class) or 10,000 Avios (business or first class) bonus promotion, even if the amount of points you use is less than the bonus you earn.

You can transfer these Avios to British Airways

To transfer your Qatar Avios to British Airways Avios, you first have to link your British Airways and Qatar Airways accounts. You can do this on the British Airways or Qatar Airways website, following the instructions found in this article.

We value each Avios at 1.1p apiece, so the 2,500 Avios earned with the sign-up promotion are worth £27.50, while the 5,000 earned from an economy Cash + Avios booking is worth £55. Stacking the two promotions would give you £82 in value, which isn’t too shabby if you’re already considering booking a Qatar Airways flight. There are plenty of British Airways Avios sweet spots too.

You can also top off your Avios account by transferring American Express Membership Rewards points or Marriott Bonvoy points to British Airways, and from there, you could transfer the points to Qatar to seamlessly top up your balance for an award ticket.

Bottom line

It’s great to see Qatar Airways ring in the addition of Avios with a handful of excellent promotions. And let’s be real: It doesn’t get better than earning Avios just for signing up for an account. Make sure to take advantage of the new account promotion if you don’t already have a Qatar Privilege Club account, and keep the others in mind if you’re planning a trip with Qatar Airways in the near future.

Featured photo by Leon Liu via Unsplash.

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