Qatar Airways Privilege Club extends members’ tier status throughout 2021

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February 14, 2021
His Excellency the Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications and Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) Chairman, Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed headed a delegation traveling to Abu Dhabi aboard the inaugural Gulf Air flight from Bahrain International Airport’s (BIA) new Passenger Terminal. The delegation included BAC’s Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Chief Development and Technical Officer, Abdulla Janahi, Chief Commercial Officer, Ayman Zainal, government officials,and members of the media. On arrival, HE the Minister met with officials from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), which is financing the USD1.1 billion Airport Modernization Program (AMP) through a grant offered as part of the GCC Bahrain Development Program. HE the Minister thanked ADFD for its valued support in delivering one of the most important national development projects in Bahrain’s history. Launched in February 2016, the AMP the largest investment in Bahrain’s aviation sector to date. HE the Minister said: “This milestone achievement is a prime example of cooperation between GCC countries. The AMP is a pillar of the Bahrain government’s economic plan, which reaffirms the pioneering and historical position that the Kingdom enjoys in the aviation sector. The new airport is a significant addition to the country’s infrastructure and will support Bahrain’s long-term economic and tourism goals, catalyzing growth in all economic sectors. It also supports the continued growth in regional and international air traffic, building on the Kingdom of Bahrain’s legacy as a link between the east and the west and its strategic location as a regional crossroad.” HE the Minister added: “Through the provision of world-class facilities and services and backed by robust infrastructure, the new airport will sustain the growth of Bahrain’s aviation sector for decades to come. This, in turn, will help drive investment into the Kingdom and stimulate national economic growth in line with Bahrain’s Vision 2030. This historic project would not have been possible without the vision of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the directives of the late Prime Minister, His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and the support of the current Prime Minister and Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Their combined efforts have turned the civil aviation sector into a strategic economic catalyst for the Kingdom of Bahrain.” HE the Minister also reiterated his thanks to BAC’s staff and strategic partners, contractors, all companies working in BIA, and all parties involved for their strong support for this national project. The transfer to the new terminal brings the Transportation & Telecommunications and its partners a major step closer to the completion of the AMP, which includes several other strategic projects. These include the development of a Fuel Farm Complex that will reinforce Bahrain’s position as a center of aviation fuel services in the GCC, and a private aviation terminal serving businessmen and private aircraft owners. The new terminal is four times the size of the legacy airport and designed to deliver a more personal, Bahraini feel. Equipped with the latest technologies in the market and supported by new infrastructure, it increases the airport’s capacity to 14 million passengers per year, delivering a hassle-free airport experience and the highest standards of luxury.
February 14, 2021

Qatar Airways Privilege Club will extend its valued members’ tier status in recognition that travel plans continue to be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative will extend members’ tier status until 31 December 2021 and applies to our Silver, Gold and Platinum members whose tier is due to end this year and have not earned enough Qpoints to retain it.

This announcement follows news that Qatar Airways will offer all passengers unlimited date changes and free refunds for tickets issued before 30 April 2021 for travel completed by 31 December 2021. Privilege Club members can therefore benefit from flexible booking policies that will allow them to change their plans with ease if they need to, while retaining their current, hard-earned tier status and enjoying the unique benefits associated with it.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Thierry Antinori, said: “At Qatar Airways we are doing everything in our power to be the airline you can rely on. Having flown continuously during the pandemic, we currently operate the largest network among airlines based in the Middle East thanks to the flexibility offered by our sustainable, wide body Boeing 787 and A350 aircrafts. We also offer the highest standards of safety on board and at Hamad International Airport – recently endorsed by our Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating Airport Safety Rating.

“Our Privilege Club members are very important to us and we want to continue to be there for them. We understand that some of our members may need more time to plan and book their upcoming travel. That is why we are announcing today our latest tier extension as one of the many steps that Privilege Club has taken over the last year to honour the loyalty of our valued members as we navigate these difficult times together.” 

Last year, Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club was one of the first airline loyalty programmes to announce a tier extension offer of up to 12 months to its members. Throughout 2020, Privilege Club continued to invest in redefining the programme, including cutting the number of Qmiles required to book award flights by up to 49 per cent. It also revised its Qmiles policy so that when a member earns or spends them, their balance is valid for 36 months.

When travelling with Qatar Airways on board and at Hamad International Airport (HIA), passengers can expect the highest safety standards as well as comfort, luxury and hospitality. Qatar Airways recently became the first global airline to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. This follows HIA’s recent success as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented on board and in HIA, please visit

Additionally, Qatar Airways’ Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat provides, including sliding doors and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 45 destinations including Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, London and New York.

At Hamad International Airport, Privilege Club members can enjoy the most luxurious lounges in the world. Platinum members can experience the incredible Al Safwa First Lounge with two guests when travelling in Business Class or the First Class Lounge when travelling in Economy Class, Gold members can unwind at the Business Class Lounge with one guest, and Silver members can access the Business Class Lounge as individuals. All Privilege Club members travelling on award flights in Business Class can enjoy the exceptional facilities at the Al Mourjan Business Lounge.

Qatar Airways currently operates more than 800 weekly flights to over 120 destinations across the globe. By the end of March 2021, Qatar Airways plans to rebuild its network to over 130 destinations. Many cities will be served with a strong schedule of daily or more frequencies.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club is the Official Frequent Flyer Programme of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and recently won a Frequent Traveler award for ‘Best Rewards Program’ in the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania regions for 2020.