Qatar Airways joins Oneworld. This is how it benefits you
Starting from midnight (Doha time) today, Qatar Airways becomes part of oneworld, making it the only Gulf carrier to join the global air alliance. The alliance’s members include airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and around 30 of their affiliated airlines.
As a Oneworld passenger, the foremost benefit you receive is an extensive range of great value alliance fares to various destinations on the alliance’s network. The full details of all Oneworld fares can be viewed here.
But this move would greatly benefit Qatar Airways Privilege Club members who will now be entitled to additional benefits.
- As a promotional offer, Privilege Club card holders will receive double Qmiles rewards when flying between 15 November, 2013 and 31 January, 2014 (until 24 January, 2014 for Cathay Pacific), on any of the Oneworld airlines by registering through their account. However, the peak holiday period (20 December, 2013 to 5 January, 2014) is excluded from this offer. If you are already a member of the existing Oneworld airlines’ loyalty programme, you will receive double mileage awards when flying on Qatar Airways between 15 November, 2013 and 31 January, 2014 (until 24 January, 2013 for Cathay Pacific’s The Marco Polo Club cardholders). Again, this offer is not valid during the peak holiday period.
- The Platinum, Gold and Silver members of Privilege Club will receive new membership cards sporting the Oneworld logo and the alliance’s “gemstone” tier status symbol. Platinum cardholders will have cards with an Emerald status, Gold will have Sapphire while Silver will have Ruby, which they can use to receive the alliance’s full range of services and benefits when travelling throughout the entire Oneworld network of 900 destinations.
- Privilege Club Platinum (Emerald) and Gold (Sapphire) members plus one accompanying guest will have access to any of the 550 airport lounges worldwide, offered by Oneworld member airlines whenever they fly with any of the alliance’s carriers, even in Economy Class. Platinum (Emerald) cardholders will be able to access First Class lounges even if they don’t fly First Class. They will also be able to check-in at the First Class counters of the Oneworld airlines, and will be offered additional baggage allowance and fast track access during security checks. Meanwhile, Privilege Club Gold (Sapphire) cardholders and an accompanying guest, can access any Business Class lounge offered by Oneworld’s member airlines worldwide regardless of the class they fly in. They can also check-in at the Business Class counters.
- As Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire frequent flyers, you can cut the waiting time and board the aircraft at any time before the boarding gate closes.
- Privilege Club Silver (Ruby) cardholders will be able to check-in at Business Class counters, irrespective of the class they are flying in.
- All three cardholders – Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby – will be given priority standby and waiting list on any Oneworld flight that is fully booked.
- Cardholders can also pre-reserve their preferred seat on any Oneworld flight.
- Privilege Club cardholders can redeem their Qmiles for flights to any of the 900 destinations offered by all Oneworld member airlines.
Passengers boarding the airline’s first flights tomorrow morning – QR633 which leaves Dhaka for Doha at 3.13 local (00.15 Doha time) and the QR1166 leaving Doha at 00.20 (Doha time) to Riyadh will be the first to avail Oneworld’s full range of services and benefits.
A ceremony was held at the Hamad International Airport today to mark the airline’s entry into Oneworld, during which Qatar Airway’s first aircraft with the special Oneowrld livery was unveiled. The ceremony was hosted by Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Aknbar Al Baker, and was attended by the Prime Minister of Qatar, HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, as well as CEOs and senior executives from all other Oneworld member airlines including Oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby.