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Qatar Airways status match success

Qatar Airways has dished out its complimentary one-year status to KrisFlyer members and others. How does it look?

QRPC Cards 2 (Qatar Airways)

Around three weeks ago, thanks to a heads-up from Australian Frequent Flyer, we revealed that Qatar Airways was offering a rare status match into its Privilege Club for frequent flyers of six airlines including SIA. With many of our readers already holding Elite Gold, PPS Club or Solitaire PPS status in the KrisFlyer programme, this was a great opportunity to pick up a year’s oneworld elite status.

From Sunday evening Qatar Airways started to email members about their successful status matches into the programme, with new Privilege Club membership tiers now valid until June 2021.

QR Status Match
(Image: Qatar Airways)

Status match emails were still coming through yesterday afternoon, though it seems almost everyone has now been informed.

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The deal

Initially the offer was rolled out to frequent flyers with the following airlines:

  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Etihad Guest
  • Turkish Miles&Smiles
  • South African Airways Voyager
  • Virgin Australia Velocity

Later Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and Virgin Australia were removed from the list, however all except Virgin Australia made it back onto a (regularly) extended offer (thanks to Head for Points for noticing it had returned).

Eventually the final applications were accepted on the morning of 28th May 2020 Singapore Time.

How did Qatar match your status?

Mainly Miles readers have been reporting to us the following status matches from the KrisFlyer / PPS Club programme into Privilege Club:

KF Card QRPC Card oneworld
Elite Silver Silver !OWR
Elite Gold Gold !OWS
PPS Club Gold !OWS
Platinum !OWE
Solitaire PPS Platinum !OWE

It’s not clear how Qatar Airways decided which PPS Club members would be matched to Gold membership (oneworld Sapphire) and which would be matched to Platinum (oneworld Emerald), though it seems that having some recent flying activity on your statement may have helped some gain the higher tier.

Readers using other valid frequent flyer programmes under the promotion also reported the following matches to us:


EY Guest Card

  • Etihad Gold ➔ Gold
  • Etihad Platinum ➔ Platinum

EK Card

  • Emirates Silver ➔ Silver
  • Emirates Gold ➔ Gold
  • Emirates Platinum ➔ Platinum

TK Card

  • Turkish Elite ➔ Gold
  • Turkish Elite Plus ➔ Platinum

VA Card

  • Velocity Gold ➔ Gold
  • Velocity Platinum ➔ Platinum

We haven’t heard from anyone who tried a status match from South African Airways. If you have any more data points from the above schemes do feel free to share them in the comments section.

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Singapore lounge access

Now that you’ve hopefully got your Gold or Platinum status with Qatar, here’s how you can use it to your advantage to access a range of lounges at Changi before departing on on a oneworld flight.

This assumes a ‘return to normal’ with all oneworld lounges reopened and airlines back in their original locations at Changi (e.g. Cathay Pacific back at T4).

Access is based on flying Economy Class on a oneworld operated and marketed flight (e.g. Malaysia Airlines Singapore to Kuala Lumpur under MH flight code).

Lounge QRPC Card
Gold Platinum
Entrance SignQantas Business
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T1_ Tick Tick
Dining BarQantas First
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T1_ Cross Tick
EntranceBritish Airways
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T1_ Tick Tick
Noodle Bar 5Cathay Pacific
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T4_ TickDeparting CX only TickDeparting CX only

In all cases you’ll be able to bring a guest with you into the lounge, provided your guest is also departing on a oneworld flight number.

Note that once Cathay Pacific returns to T4 and reopens its lounge there, you’ll only be able to visit this facility if you are departing from T4 (i.e. on Cathay Pacific, since there are no other oneworld airlines there).

It is not possible to visit T4 unless you are departing from there, however passengers departing T4 can visit T1/2/3, which means those flying Cathay Pacific can utilise the T1 oneworld lounges.

One lounge you unfortunately won’t be able to use with your newfound Qatar Airways status is the airline’s excellent new Premium Lounge at Changi’s Terminal 1.

Dining Table
Qatar’s Singapore Premium Lounge. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

This is strictly reserved for those flying in Business or First Class with a oneworld airline and there is unfortunately no access based on frequent flyer status alone.

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Doha lounge access

If you’re flying through Doha in Economy Class with Qatar Airways, you’ll be eligible to access:

  • Gold: Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge (+ 1 guest)
  • Platinum: Qatar Airways First Class Lounge (+ 2 guests)

Note that these are not the normal lounges used by Qatar’s Business Class passengers (Al Mourjan Business Lounge) or First Class passengers (Al Safwa First Lounge). These only operate for passengers actually travelling in premium cabins.

However Qatar Privilege Club Platinum tier members flying in Business Class will be able to access the Al Safwa First Class Lounge, with two guest passes provided.

QR Al Safwa (Qatar Airways)
Qatar Platinum members can access the Al Safwa First Class lounge in Doha when flying in Business Class with the airline. (Photo: Qatar Airways)

What about Silver members?

Privilege Club Silver members get lounge access when flying Qatar Economy Class in Doha, at the Qatar Business Class Lounge, plus some other airports on the network (e.g. Marhaba lounge in Sydney).

You can search here for eligibility.

Gifted Qcredits

When the status match was announced, it wasn’t clear whether those successful would receive the usual Qcredits awarded when upgrading to the Gold or Platinum tier.

In fact those matched to Platinum status should find they have been gifted 60 Qcredits, while those with Gold status have 40 Qcredits.

These are valid for 2 years, even if you don’t retain your status level next year, and can be used to:

  • Upgrade flights (e.g. Economy to Business)
  • Offset excess baggage charges
  • Pay for award fees (e.g. change / cancellation)
  • Obtain guest lounge passes

These benefits are only available when you fly Qatar Airways, not with oneworld partners.

QR Qcredits

For example, 33 Qcredits is enough to upgrade from Economy Class to Business Class on Qatar Airways between Singapore and Doha (one-way), which gives you the excellent Qsuite on that route.

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33 Qcredits is enough to upgrade from Economy to the Qsuite from Singapore to Doha. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Bear in mind however that it is very difficult to get a Qcredit upgrade on the Singapore – Doha route, so you can’t expect it to work except on the emptier flights.

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How to keep your new status

As part of this promotion Qatar Airways also halved the number of Qpoints you need to accrue to renew your status level for another year.

QR Status Match Upgrade

The Qcalculator on the Qatar Airways website allows you to determine how many Qpoints you’ll accrue when crediting Qatar Airways or oneworld flights to the programme by adding your Privilege Club frequent flyer number to your revenue booking.

Qcalculator

As you can see a return Business Class flight with Qatar Airways from Singapore to Paris and back puts you well on your way to renewal in the Gold tier, even if you secure one of the cheaper saver fares in a promotion.

Note: The Privilege Club site is still showing the regular Qpoints thresholds to retain your status (600 for Platinum, 300 for Gold). This is presumably an IT issue and may be resolved later.

Now for the slightly complicated bit. Simply crediting your revenue flights with oneworld airlines over the next year to your Qatar Privilege Club account isn’t enough to cross the threshold and renew your tier for a further 12 months, to June 2022.

For status retention or upgrade you must have flown at least four Qatar Airways marketed or operated flights (or accrued at least 20% of the required Qpoints on Qatar flights) during your membership year to be eligible.