Updated: Jul 16, 2020
Guide to getting the most out of Privilege Club Gold and Platinum
Privilege Club Gold Membership
Once you reach Privilege Club Gold, you'll notice an additional number of benefits than what you received as a Silver member, most noticeable when flying with other oneworld carriers (where you're recognised as a Sapphire member). The biggest one being that as long as you're travelling with a oneworld carrier, you'll have business class lounge access at every airport if there is one available. Similar to Privilege Club Silver, you'll continue to receive lounge access when flying with Qatar airways (regardless of class of travel), except this time you'll be allowed to take a guest with you as well. These are some of the additional benefits:
Business Class priority check-in
Extra baggage allowance
Priority baggage handling
Al Maha Gold Airport Services at Doha Airport
That final benefit, the Al Maha Gold Airport Services, is a good one, especially if you're not a Qatari resident with a QID or if you're transiting through Doha. If you're planning to enter Doha, then booking this service for your arrival is a great option. It allows you to wait in the Al Maha arrivals lounge while an assistant clears immigration for you, they will even collect your bags from the carousel. It gets even better if you're transiting, as someone will collect you from your gate (on a buggy) and drive you directly to your specified lounge. Note that this service is only available if you're arriving on a Qatar Airways operated flight.
Perhaps the biggest additional benefit though is the introduction of 'QCredits'. As a Privilege Club Gold member you'll receive 40 credits that can be used to upgrade to either Business or First from Economy. For example, a 1-way ticket from Doha to either Sydney or New York would cost 39 QCredits and is probably one of the best uses. Read about the best uses of your Qcredits here
One of the biggest downsides to Privilege Club Gold is that although it allows you into some of the better airline lounges around the world, it doesn't get you into either the Al Mourjan Business Lounge or the Al Safwa First Lounge in Doha. Instead, you'll have to make do with the Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge, the same lounge you could access as a silver member. Check out our Hamad International Airport Lounge Guide here for more information around this.
Privilege Club Platinum Membership
The highest tier at Qatar Airways Privilege Club is their Privilege Club Platinum Membership. Again, it doesn't offer a huge amount in the way of additional benefits compared to the tier below it when travelling with Qatar Airways, but it does offer some of the best oneworld perks. Let's start with with what it offers on Qatar Airways that Privilege Club Gold doesn't.
First Class priority check-in
Extra baggage allowance (more than Gold)
Fast track on select security lanes
Access to First Class lounges
Access to Al Safwa First Lounge in Doha when travelling Business Class
Easily one of the best benefits of Privilege Club Platinum is the use of First Class Lounges around the world. And although you won't get access to the exclusive Al Safwa First Lounge in Doha unless you're travelling Business Class, you'll still get access to first class lounges around the world when travelling on a Qatar Airways or a oneworld carrier including:
The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
Qantas First Lounge, Sydney and Melbourne
Japan Airlines First Class Lounge, Tokyo (Haneda)
Finnair Platinum Wing, Helsinki
Privilege Club Platinum also offers 60 'QCredits' every 12 months. Again, these are probably best used as upgrades and 60 QCredits are enough for a return Doha-London upgrade to Business Class or a oneway Doha-London upgrade to First Class from Economy which is outstanding value! Read about the best uses of your Qcredits here
Finally, it may seem small, but another great benefit of Privilege Club Platinum is the actual membership card and baggage tag. These tags are made from alloy and are similar in weight to an American Express Platinum Card. Very cool.