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BA Avios on Qatar

BA Avios on Qatar

  1. AaronDavid

    Hi

    (This is my first post)

    I’m a member of BA Airmiles program of Avios.

    I’m looking at two flights for a potential trip to Australia with Qatar: LHR-SIN or LHR-ADL in their Q-suites.

    Flight 1 is 124,000 Avios + £345 and Flight 2 is 216,500 Avios + £456. These flights are one way, and I’m looking at coming back with BA.

    My question is: Is there any other programs were I can get the above flights for less miles if I transfer from my current BA Avios account?

    Cheers,

  2. MidSouthSkier

    Welcome [USER=6575]@AaronDavid[/USER] – once your miles are in a particular airline’s frequent flyer program (Avios, in this case) you can’t transfer them to another airline’s program. So you’ll be using BA’s award chart with their fuel surcharges (which some airlines don’t pass along) and the LHR departure fee.

    Supposing you had accumulated those miles in American’s program they charge 85K in business and 115K in first class each way but they don’t allow you to transit a 3rd region (the Middle East in this case) so you wouldn’t be able to fly in the Q Suites anyway. But you also wouldn’t have the surcharges that BA imposes.

    Here in the US we’re fortunate that we can accumulate points in various credit card programs and transfer them to airlines just as they’re needed. Much of the rest of the world does not have this option. This allows us to be able to pick ‘n choose where and when we transfer points to whichever airline makes the most sense for a give flight. But when we fly and earn points we’re in the same boat – we earn points on that particular airline for a flight and the points stay with the airline so when we use them, we have to use that airline’s award chart.

    Make sense? If you haven’t already, I’d check out the beginner’s guide. Look for it under the Start Here link at the top of the page. Especially check out the chapter on the types of points & miles: [URL]https://onemileatatime.com/types-miles-points/[/URL]

    Let us know if you have more questions! We were all beginners in this hobby once upon a time so feel free to ask.

  3. AaronDavid

    [QUOTE=”MidSouth Skier, post: 69499, member: 184″]Welcome
    Hi – Thank you for your quick and detailed reply. That has answered my question.

    I’ll have a look at this link.

    Cheers,

    [USER=6575]@AaronDavid[/USER] – once your miles are in a particular airline’s frequent flyer program (Avios, in this case) you can’t transfer them to another airline’s program. So you’ll be using BA’s award chart with their fuel surcharges (which some airlines don’t pass along) and the LHR departure fee.

    Supposing you had accumulated those miles in American’s program they charge 85K in business and 115K in first class each way but they don’t allow you to transit a 3rd region (the Middle East in this case) so you wouldn’t be able to fly in the Q Suites anyway. But you also wouldn’t have the surcharges that BA imposes.

    Here in the US we’re fortunate that we can accumulate points in various credit card programs and transfer them to airlines just as they’re needed. Much of the rest of the world does not have this option. This allows us to be able to pick ‘n choose where and when we transfer points to whichever airline makes the most sense for a give flight. But when we fly and earn points we’re in the same boat – we earn points on that particular airline for a flight and the points stay with the airline so when we use them, we have to use that airline’s award chart.

    Make sense? If you haven’t already, I’d check out the beginner’s guide. Look for it under the Start Here link at the top of the page. Especially check out the chapter on the types of points & miles: [URL]https://onemileatatime.com/types-miles-points/[/URL]

    Let us know if you have more questions! We were all beginners in this hobby once upon a time so feel free to ask.[/QUOTE]

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