Currently, Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling all use Avios and you can switch your points freely between programs to use the program that works best for your points needs.
The change will happen in March but most of the details are unknown.
- Will the award charts change? (Hopefully not)
- Will they introduce surcharges (I doubt it)
- Will you be able to transfer points in and out from other Avios programs at Avios.com? (we have no idea)
With all the unknowns there isn’t too much to analyze right now, but it’s certainly worth taking note and keeping an eye out for the transition.
Currently you would only want to use QMiles for travel on Qatar (in which case they are just as good as using American Airlines’ AAdvantage miles) but not for partners where the award chart isn’t great.
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