Qatar Airways has changed the rules on Avios earning allowing members of its Qatar Airways Privilege Club to spend the currency at Hamad International Airport.

The move means that travellers at all departure points will be rewarded with Avios points upon check in which will be credited up to 120 minutes before the flight’s departure. The points can now also be collected and spent at almost 200 outlets at Hamad International Airport (HIA) in partnership with Qatar Duty Free (QDF).

For members of the British Airways Executive Club, it will be necessary for them to have membership of Qatar Airways Privilege Club and move Avios from their BA accounts to spend them at Hamad International at Doha. This is done instantly and with no transaction cost.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, stated: “We have enhanced and upgraded our redemption options for our loyalty members and we are enabling access to a truly unique airport shopping and dining experience. A first in the world initiative, this demonstrates our commitment for going the extra mile when enhancing the quality of our offerings by providing members with a seamless experience. We encourage everyone travelling through HIA to avail themselves of this experience and opportunity as there has never been an easier way to collect and spend Avios.”

Avios is the reward currency of Qatar Airways Privilege Club and preferred currency of the Airline offering its most regular flyers extraordinary payment products. Avios can be used in conjunction with cash offering a part payment option. Avios are collected when members or their nominated family members fly with Qatar Airways, Oneworld airlines, plus QR’s airline partners. Avios can also be collected with more than 100 global partners and co-branded payment cards. Avios can be spent in multiple ways and the most recent enhancement is shopping and dining at Qatar Duty Free.