EXPLAINED: QR Privilege Club Silver


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Privilege Club Silver

Privilege Club Silver is one of four tiers that make up Qatar Airways frequent flyer membership program.

Silver is the lowest elite status tier that can be achieved and is earned after Burgundy.

Qatar Airways is part of the Oneworld Alliance meaning that if you hold Silver status, it will be equivalent to Oneworld Ruby status and will offer similar benefits on flights with other Oneworld Airlines.

Qatar Airways & Privilege Club

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing and highly-rated airlines, with one of the world’s most modern fleets. It Joined in 2013 and now services some 200 destinations worldwide.

Privilege Club is the airline’s way of saying thank you…except in 2018 when, without notice, it devalued the value of reward currency with little notice. In tandem, from May 2018, its Qpoints earning structure was revised to award more Qpoints to Privilege Club members who fly in higher fare classes and to farther destinations on Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways Frequent Flyer Basics



Qatar Airways Frequent Flyer Program is aptly called the Privilege Club.

In every Oneworld Frequent Flyer program, there are two currencies which members collect simultaneously – Status Points (SP) which determines your elite status level and cannot be spent and Reward Currency (RC) which can be exchanged for airline benefits and rewards.



Qpoints is the name given to Qatar Airways Status Points System.

The number of Qmiles held is used to calculate your elite status tier. In general, the more Qmiles you accrue the higher your elite status tier.

A Membership Year is defined as the “Tier Renewal Date” under Qatar’s Terms and Conditions.

It stipulates that membership renewal is every 12 months from the date of:
(a) Elevation to a higher tier; or
(b) Renewal of the Membership Tier.

** Note that Qatar Airways can choose to renew your status based on your actions over the previous 24 months as well (if you haven’t met the requirement in 12 months).



Qmiles is the name of the Reward Currency used by Qatar Airways.

A points-based reward scheme used by the airline were you can exchange accrued Qmiles for reward seat redemptions, flight upgrades and other travel-based experiences.

Oneworld Ruby

Privilege Club Silver is equivalent to Oneworld Rubystatus and you will receive similar benefits when flying with other Oneworld Alliance members.

At least 12 Months

For Privilege Club members, you will have the status for a minimum of 12 months.

If you qualify for a higher tier in your current membership period, you will be given the higher tier for your current year plus the year you have qualified for.

Soft Landing

If you do not reach the required Qpoints required to re-qualify in the following year you will soft land (in accordance to clause 4.4 of Privilege club terms and conditions) to the next lowest tier.

There is no other use for Status Points other than setting your elite status; they cannot be spent.

How to Collect Elite Miles

When you travel with Qatar Airways, a Oneworld partner airline, its subsidiaries, or in some specific cases non-Oneworld member airlines you can earn Elite Miles with which you can use to achieve higher levels of elite status and unlock different rewards as you do.

The Privilege Club Burgundy membership is the most basic and is available to everyone as it does not come with any benefits except the ability to earn Status Points and Reward Currencies. Silver, Gold, Platinum status are earned and come with a varying degree of benefits.

Moving up the ladder within Privilege Club is completely dependent on the number of Qpoints accrued within a given year, and like QMiles, expire after a set time – in this case, QMiles expire at the end of your membership year.

Qmiles can only be earnt by actually flying, not by signing up to credit card deals. There is no other use for Qmiles other than setting your elite status; they cannot be spent. The general rule is that they are usually based on the distance of the flight and the fare class you are travelling in.

Qatar’ Privilege Club program works a little differently than to other Oneworld members. Some differences include:

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Zone Based Calculations

Qatar Airlines is a Zone-based program like its counterparts British Airways and Cathay Pacific, this is contrast to American Airlines which are mileage based programs.

Miles on Renewal

Like Royal Jordanian or Royal Air Maroc, members require the fewer qualifying status points to re-qualify in the following year.

This is in contrast to Japan Airlines which requires the same number of Miles.

No Mid-Tier Bonus

Unlike its alliance counterpart Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways does not offer mid-tier status to its members.

Lifetime Status

Unlike American Airlines, British Airways and Finnair, Qatar Airways does not offer lifetime status to its members.


Qmiles are valid for a minimum period of three years and will expire at the end of the six-month calendar period (January to June or July to December) in which those Qmiles were earned. For example, Qmiles earned between January and June 2017 will expire on 30 June 2020 and Qmiles earned between July and December 2017 will expire on 31 December 2020.

Privilege Club Platinum members are exempt as their miles do not expire.

You may extend Qmiles which are due to expire on the next Qmiles Expiry Date for a non-refundable fee. Extended Qmiles will be valid for an additional twelve (12) months from their original expiry date.

Expired Privilege Club Miles earned can only be extended once.

Routes to Earn Privilege Club Silver Status

With Miles

The only way to reach Privilege Club Silver is to fly with Qatar Airways, a Oneworld partner airline, its subsidiaries, or in some specific cases a non-Oneworld member airline and accrue miles.

To achieve Privilege Club Silver status with miles, you need 150 Qpoints.

To Renew
135 Qpoints within a 12 month period; or
270 Qpoints within a 24 month period.

Benefits of Privilege Club Silver

Outline of the Benefits of having Privilege Club Silver Status

Lounge Access

A unique perk of Privilege Club Silver is that it does come with lounge access for the member. This is not a Oneworld policy but rather where Qatar Airways has gone above and beyond policy minimum.

As such, lounge access is only available to yourself and no guests are allowed.

Due to the strange nature of this, gate agents may need to be reminded (put politely) and you will need to check the list of lounges on Qatar’s website to see which. You should be given an invitation by the check-in desk for whichever lounge QR contracts with at the airport – which may or may not be the Oneworld lounge.

Extra Bonus Miles & Q Credits

When flying on Qatar Airways Marked flights

When travelling on eligible Qatar Airways marked flight, you will receive 25% extra Qmiles.

Priority Check In

irrespective of class of service

Members have access to use Business Class check-in desks when flying internationally or domestically on either Qatar Airlines or other Oneworld carriers.

Priority Boarding

When on Qatar Airways or Oneworld Member airlines

With Silver status, you are also able to board before the general boarding group.

Extra Luggage Allowance

Variable rules depending on Airline and travel location.

Privilege Club Silver members get an additional 15Kg (or 1 piece) extra checked bag allowance on top of their standard class allowance when travelling on Qatar Airways.

Gifting Lounge Passes

Hamad International Airport

Receive two guest passes per year to invite additional friends to join you in the lounge at Doha.

The main member must be present to redeem the guest lounge pass. Both main member and guest must travel on flights marketed and operated by Qatar Airways. The guest’s flight must depart no more than three hours from that of the main member. Access to Premium Lounges is granted upon presentation of a Premium Ticket.

Calculating the Number of Qpoints Earned

Qatar Airways Airlines calculates Qpoints based on Sector which are grouped by distance from the departure destination and assigning a percentage multiplier based on the class of travel.

As such, the number of QPoints earned is dependant on 3 factors, the Route, the carrier you have flown with, and the class of travel.

Note however there are some specific exceptions to the rules which are worth considering, for example

  • U.S. domestic flights booked in First Class on a two-cabin aircraft will earn Qmiles as per Business Class cabin.
  • Accrual on Qantas domestic flights are only eligible when they are in conjunction with an international flight marketed by either Qantas or Qatar Airways on the same ticket.

Qmiles and Qpoints can be accrued before joining so long as you submit a claim within 90 days prior to the start of your membership.

The simplest and best tool for finding out how many QPoints you’ll earn on any flight is to use Qpoints Calculator.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Frequent Flyer Cards



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  1. Thanks for your reply I just wanted to know can I divide my weight in 3 luggage 26×3
    as I am entitled 32 32 15 as silver card holder traveling from New York to Dhaka in buisness class please clarify.
    Awaiting for your reply.

    • while it may sound logical (not to break the bag handlers back) you will not be allowed to do so

      Traveling in business you are allowed 32kg x 2 from America’s – which is per QR baggage rules.

      However, as the carrier uses the piece system on these flights but I cannot find a source for the weight to share – I would seek advice from QR directly. for OW Saphire members a piece is defined as 23KG but i find no mention for QR silver which is OW ruby. HYPOTHETICALLY speaking – if the carrier does match it to 23kg, you won’t be able to exceed this so 26kg x 3 cannnot be done

      be very careful – as being overweight the airline can charge 200USD for an extra bag – https://www.qatarairways.com/en/baggage/excess.html

  2. Hi, im trying to book for a ticket but the ‘buy with qmiles’ option is not available in my silver tier account. can you resolve this?

    • It is likely due to the fact when you were trying to make a booking they were in the process of removing Qmiles and linking QR with Avios.
      however you can relive this by calling their airline (using the silver number) and making the booking that way

  3. Hello. First of all, thank you Dan for this article, really appreciate this.
    I have a quick question. I have a Silver status with Qatar Airways, and I am travelling to Europe soon with my family (4 of us). I booked an Economy ticket going there, and business class tickets for our return flight.
    I know I am only entitled to 1 lounge pass (Silver Lounge), and I can probably use my 2 lounge passes for my other 2 family members. Is it possible for my to pay for the 1 remaining member so we can all be together? I read somewhere that there are no paying guests in the Silver lounge. 🙁

    Hope you can help. Thanks in advance.
    P.S. I have no issue with our return flight, since we are on business class.

    • Hi there

      there is a potential chance if the stopover is in Qatar – the al mourjan and al Safwa lounges can be paid for entry so you should have issues there
      but in the other outstations, those lounges can only be accessed with status or the lounge passes


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