Good news for members of the Qatar Airways Privilege Club, with the oneworld airline confirming to members that the validity of status tiers in the programme will be extended to 31st December 2022, in view of the continued difficulties around planning travel due to the pandemic.
This automatic extension will apply regardless of activity (or lack thereof), or the number of Qpoints you have accrued.
We understand that you may need more time to plan your travel and we want to ensure that matters beyond your control do not impact your tier status with us.
If you are a Platinum, Gold or Silver member of Privilege Club and your membership status is due to end before 31 December 2022, we’ll automatically extend your tier validity to 31 December 2022 on the day of renewal.Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways was one of the first airlines to announce a status tier extension when the COVID-19 situation took hold, back in March 2020, with this latest reprieve marking the second one offered by the carrier.
Validity of unused lounge passes will also be extended to 31st December 2022. See here for full details of the extension, including a list of frequently asked questions.
Great news for status match members
If you took advantage of Qatar’s generous status match in May 2020 and took the opportunity to leverage your Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer tier to unlock a year of equivalent oneworld status, this is really good news.
Like other accounts due to downgrade this year following a lack of travel, yours will also be extended for a second time, with a new expiry date of 31st December 2022.
Here’s how Qatar status matched most of our readers from the KrisFlyer programme way back towards the start of the pandemic:
Status matches were also offered at the same time for members of the following FFPs:
- Emirates Skywards
- Etihad Guest
- Turkish Miles&Smiles
- South African Airways Voyager
- Virgin Australia Velocity
The expiry date of your QRPC status level displayed at your online account or on the mobile app should now reflect the 31st December 2022 date, since those who matched but did not fly had a 31st December 2021 expiry prior to this extension.
What about next year?
When Qatar Airways launched its status match for frequent flyers in six different airline programmes, including KrisFlyer, it also offered a reduced Qpoints threshold for annual renewal to these new members.
Effectively, you’d need to accrue only half the usual Qpoints level to get another year at the same status level after June/July 2021.
It is not clear if this offer has been extended to allow you to now do so by 31st December 2022, or whether the regular tier renewal threshold will then apply, assuming a further status extension is not granted.
It’s probably safe to assume this particular benefit has been long forgotten!
The great benefit for most of our readers who status matched into the Qatar programme is of course lounge access at Changi (and globally) when departing on a oneworld carrier, like Malaysia Airlines.
There hasn’t been much to take advantage of over the last year, though things are starting to look up.
With more quarantine-free travel options, airlines are returning to Changi and the first oneworld lounge to reopen its doors since the start of the pandemic has been the Qantas Business Lounge in Terminal 1.
With your Gold and Platinum (oneworld Sapphire and Emerald) tiers extended through to the end of 2022 however, there’s even more hope that with the progressive return of travel you’ll also be able to use your shiny QRPC card to experience some of the following facilities at Changi on a future trip.
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