Qatar Airways Avios expire if the member doesn’t have an accrual or redemption activity on your account for 36 months. There are plenty of ways to generate activity in your account, even without flying — which we will cover below.
According to Qatar Airways, the Privilege Club expiration policy is:
Avios will not expire as long as member does Avios accrual / redemption activity with Qatar Airways or partners (Air, Non-air ,) [sic]. By default, if members have no activity for 36 consecutive months, then all of their balance Avios will expire. Expiry will be three years from their last accrual or redemption activity.
This expiration policy was changed in late July 2020 with immediate effect. Qatar Privilege Club emailed members to share the changes (note that at the time Qatar used Qmiles as its currency, not Avios):
We begin our journey together by extending the life of Qmiles. Starting today, Qmiles will last longer than ever before. Every time you spend or earn a Qmile, your balance will be valid for a further 36 months.
Simply login to keep up to date with your latest Qmiles balance. Start earning or spending today to keep your Qmiles balance active for even longer.
Before this change, Qatar miles had a fixed expiry date of three years. No matter your account activity, miles would expire at the end of the half-year three years after they were earned. That means miles earned between January and June 2018 would have expired on June 30, 2021, and miles earned between July and December 2018 would’ve expired on December 31, 2021.
Now, as long as you have qualifying activity in your account, your Avios won’t expire. Speaking of which…
How to Prevent Your Qatar Avios from Expiring
There are plenty of ways to earn or redeem Avios in order to extend their validity:
- Take a flight with Qatar Airways.
- Credit a flight on a partner airline to the Qatar Airways Privilege Club.
- Earn Avios when you rent a car with a partner. Car rental partners include Avis, Burdge, Sixt, and Europcar, and Hertz.
- Earn Avios for your next hotel stay when booking with a host of hotel programs like Hilton and Accor, or online booking sites like Booking.com.
- Transfer points to Avios from Citi ThankYou or Marriott Bonvoy.
- Earn Avios per dollar when you shop with Qatar partners.
- Redeem your Avios for flights with Qatar or a Oneworld partner.
- Use your Avios for upgrades, or excess baggage awards.
- Pay with Avios at various outlets at Hamad International Airport.
- Gift or transfer Avios to another member.
Bear in mind that Qatar has a vast amount of other partners across a range of services. However, they are mostly based in the Middle East. So it is always worth checking the Qatar partners page if you are spending some time in the Middle East.
Extending or Reinstating Qatar Avios
If you have been unable to use your Avios and they are about to expire, you do have the option of extending their validity for a further 12 months. You can perform the extension online. Extending Avios for 12 months costs US1.5¢ per Avios.
Similar to extending your Avios, you can also pay to have your miles reinstated after they have expired. Reinstating your miles will set you back US1.5¢ per Avios, and the reinstated miles are valid for 12 months from the original expiry date. This means you have to be careful when reinstating miles if it has been nearly 12 months since your miles expired.
Exceptions to the Qatar Avios Expiration Policy
According to Qatar, there is only one exception to the mileage expiration policy. Platinum members will not see their Avios expire as long as they maintain their status. Of course, to retain elite status, the member is likely generating qualifying activity.
While Qatar has some of the best products in the sky, with its QSuite standing head and shoulders above competitors’ business class, the same cannot be said of the Privilege Club. Which can be a little on the expensive side when it comes to redemptions. So if you are looking to fly Qatar, it is often best to credit and redeem AAdvantage miles or even British Airways Avios for your award. This is especially true if you are looking to transfer credit card or hotel points for your award.