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How To Transfer Your Avios Between British Airways, Qatar Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus Accounts

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Avios are an incredibly valuable reward currency used by Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and Qatar Airways.

Although each program has a unique award structure, Avios can be transferred between programs. This can provide many benefits, as each program has special award pricing and different availability.

In this guide, we look at how you can transfer Avios between the award programs that use them as their reward currency.

Airlines That Utilize Avios as a Currency

Several loyalty programs accrue Avios, including Aer Lingus AerClub, British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Qatar Airways Privilege Club, and Vueling Club. Finnair Plus is expected to adopt Avios as a currency in early 2024.

Although each program earns Avios, they can be redeemed in many different ways. This is an excellent benefit as each program has its own award chart with sweet spots.

Another great perk of the Avios program would be in the form of transferrable points currencies like American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards. Each Avios-participating program is a transfer partner of at least 1 major transferrable points currency. This opens up a world of transfer options between the different Avios programs.

Bottom Line:

Several loyalty programs earn Avios as their reward currency. Transferring Avios between programs is a great way to take advantage of sweet spots within each program.

Combining Avios Between Accounts

Avios can be transferred from any program to another. There are no limits on how many you can transfer, and no cost is associated with doing so. Transfers are typically instant as well.

However, there are a few essential things to know when it comes to combining Avios between accounts.

First, Avios can only be transferred between accounts in your name. You’ll need to make sure that all your loyalty accounts have matching personal details (for example, your full name). You cannot transfer your Qatar Airways Privilege Club to a friend’s British Airways Executive Club account. However, you can use your Avios to make bookings for family or friends or create a household account to pool Avios.

Second, some programs have some additional restrictions. For example, you cannot move points to or from Iberia Plus within 90 days of joining the Iberia Plus program.

Lastly, there is no single website that allows all transfers. Most transfers require a 2-step process.

Transferring Avios Between Programs

Unfortunately, not all transfers from one Avios program to another can be done directly. With some programs, mainly Qatar Airways Privilege Club, you must follow an extra step. Here are the steps to follow to move Avios from one program to another:

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To/FromAer LingusBritish AirwaysIberiaQatar AirwaysVueling
Aer LingusAvios.comAvios.comTransfer to BA, then to QatarTransfer to BA, then Avios.com
British AirwaysAvios.comBA websiteBA or Qatar websiteAvios.com
IberiaAvios.comBA websiteTransfer to BA, then to QatarAvios.com
Qatar AirwaysTransfer to BA, then to Aer LingusBA or Qatar websiteTransfer to BA, then to IberiaTransfer to BA, then Avios.com
VuelingTransfer to BA, then to Aer LingusVueling websiteVueling websiteTransfer to BA, then to Qatar

Transfer Avios with Avios.com

The simplest way to transfer Avios between accounts is through Avios.com. You can only log in on the site with Aer Lingus, British Airways, or Iberia credentials. Currently, you cannot use the site to move Avios into Qatar Airways Privilege Club.

Avios.com login
You can log into Avios.com with your Aer Lingus AerClub account. Image Credit: Avios.com

You can create a free account if you do not have an Aer Lingus AerClub account.

AerClub create an account
Create an AerClub account to log in to Avios.com. Image Credit: Aer Lingus

Once you have an Aer Lingus account, head to Avios.com and log in with your AerClub login details. Once logged in, click Manage my account and Combine my Avios.

Avios.com manage account combine avios
Avios.com is a great resource to move Avios between British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus. Image Credit: Avios.com

From here, you can see your Aer Lingus Avios balance. You can also select which program (Iberia Plus or British Airways Executive Club) you want to transfer Avios between. As mentioned above, you cannot transfer to Qatar Airways Privilege Club through Avios.com.

Avios.com combine my avios
You can see your account balances. Image Credit: Avios.com

Transfer Avios Between British Airways and Iberia or Qatar

Transferring Avios between British Airways and Iberia or Qatar is a simple process. To start the process, head over to the British Airways Executive Club website and log in to your Executive Club account. Once logged in, click on your name at the top right of your screen.

From there, hover over Executive Club and click Combine my Avios.

Avios combine my avios BA
British Airways is the easiest program for Avios transfers. Image Credit: British Airways

You can move your Avios to Iberia Plus or Qatar Airways Privilege Club from there. To transfer your Avios between programs, select Combine my Avios.

Avios combine my avios
Use British Airways to transfer Avios. Image Credit: British Airways

From here, British Airways will prompt you to log in to your Iberia or Qatar account. After logging in to your other account, you can see both your accounts and the balances in each account.

From here, you will select the Avios transfer direction and enter how many Avios you want to transfer.

Avios transfer to Iberia
British Airways provides the best “hub” for transferring Avios. Image Credit: British Airways

Transfer Avios Between Qatar Airways and British Airways

Qatar Airways Privilege Club is the newest member of the Avios program. For now, you can only transfer Avios between Qatar Airways and British Airways.

To transfer Avios between Qatar Airways and British Airways, log into your Privilege Club account on Qatar Airways’ website.

Qatar Airways link my accounts
Image Credit: Qatar Airways

If you haven’t already, link your Qatar Airways and British Airways accounts through the Privilege Club dashboard.

At the bottom of the page, you will be able to link your accounts. Click on Link your accounts with British Airways Executive Club.

Qatar Airways link BA account
Image Credit: Qatar Airways

You will then be directed to the British Airways Executive Club login page. You will need to log in to your British Airways account.

Qatar Airways link BA QR account
Image Credit: Qatar Airways

Once your accounts are linked, you can see your Avios balance in each account. From your Qatar Privilege Club dashboard, click Combine Avios.

Qatar Airways combine Avios
Image Credit: Qatar Airways

You can send your Privilege Club Avios to Executive Club from this page (or visa versa).

Qatar Airways move Avios
Image Credit: Qatar Airways

As mentioned above, you can only move Qatar Privilege Club Avios to British Airways Executive Club. If you want to transfer your Qatar Avios to Iberia or Aer Lingus, you will first need to transfer your Avios to British Airways. Once with British Airways, the Avios can be transferred to Iberia or Aer Lingus.

Credit Card Transfer Partners

As mentioned above, each Avios loyalty program is a transfer partner of at least 1 major transferrable points currency. Here is what points programs transfer to each of the Avios programs:

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 Aer LingusBritish AirwaysIberiaQatar Airways Vueling
Amex Membership RewardsXXXX
Bilt RewardsXXX
Capital One MilesX
Chase Ultimate RewardsXXX
Citi ThankYou RewardsX
Marriott BonvoyXXXXX

All points transfer at a 1:1 rate with Avios, except Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott Bonvoy points transfer at a 3:1 rate, with a 5,000-Avios bonus for every 60,000 Bonvoy points transferred.

For example, say you wanted to book an award ticket using Avios. After comparing the different programs, you decide that the best way to book the award ticket is through the British Airways Executive Club program. However, you only have Citi ThankYou Points, and British Airways is not a transfer partner of Citi. What can you do?

Fortunately, Qatar Airways Privilege Club is a 1:1 transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Rewards. You could transfer your Citi ThankYou Points to Qatar Airways Privilege Club and then directly to British Airways Executive Club.

This means you can indirectly earn any variation of Avios through the different Avios programs and their partners. Additionally, being able to transfer Avios between programs is a big deal when it comes to transfer bonuses from credit card transfer partners.

Final Thoughts

Aer Lingus AerClub, British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Qatar Privilege Club, and Vueling Club all earn Avios as their reward currency. Fortunately, you can transfer Avios between the different programs.

By moving around your Avios between the different programs, you can take advantage of all the other sweet spots each program offers. Best of all, each Avios program is a transfer partner of at least 1 major transferrable points currency.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Avios? Which programs earn Avios?

Avios is the rewards currency for Aer Lingus AerClub, British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Qatar Airways Privilege Club, and Vueling Club. Finnair Plus is expected to join this group in early 2024.

Can I transfer my Avios to someone else's account?

Avios cannot be moved to an account in another name. However, you can use your Avios to make bookings for family or friends or create a household account to pool Avios.

Do you need to pay to join Avios?

No, there is no cost to join any of the Avios programs.

Which credit card points programs transfer to Avios?

Each Avios program is a transfer partner of at least 1 major transferrable points currency, including Amex Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy. See our article for specific partners by program.

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Ehsan is an avid traveler who has traveled to 100 countries, diligently using points and miles to fund his journeys. Currently, he holds 32 active credit cards and earns over a million points and miles annually, primarily using them for luxury hotels and long-haul premium cabins.

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