Qatar business class to Auckland for £1,125

Qatar Airways has launched a limited batch of Avios and BA tier point earning sale fares.  These are only available until Monday but you can book for any date in the next 12 months.

This is not a wholesale mega sale as we saw in January.  The prices are certainly good but you need to look carefully for the real bargains.

The good news is that you are now 100% certain to receive British Airways tier points and Avios on discounted Qatar business class tickets.

There is bad news for people who missed out on the April Qatar sale because they took BA at their word when they said that Qatar business class sale tickets booked before 1st May but flown later would not earn Avios.  Reports on Flyertalk are that these tickets ARE crediting perfectly happily to BA Executive Club.

The best deal I can find is to Auckland.

Qatar confirmed today (Monday) that Auckland is delayed until 1 February 2017.  You cannot now book tickets for travel before that date at this price.  If you booked over the weekend, I would imagine Qatar will re-route on the A380 via Sydney which is not a huge hardship.

If booking this deal, make sure you book directly on the Qatar website.  This leaves Qatar fully responsible for getting you to Auckland in case the start of services is delayed again – most likely by putting you onto a Sydney flight and buying you a connection.  Booking via Expedia or another agent adds a level of doubt about who would be responsible.

You should also note that Doha to Auckland is currently 17 hours on a Boeing 777 which has Qatar’s older style 2 x 2 x 2 seating.  This is great for a couple but less good if travelling alone.  My review of this seat can be found here.  It will hopefully be switched to an A350 if Airbus can fix the problems which are delaying their deliveries to Qatar.

Warnings out of the way, here are the best prices I have seen advertised.

Whilst not mentioned on their Italy deals page, Qatar is offering Pisa to Auckland for €1,423 (£1,125).  I had no problem finding this price for January 2017 but, of course, you cannot now book for departures before 1st February.  The flight from Pisa to Doha is on a short haul A320 but it does apparently have ‘proper’ business class seating.  From Rome you will pay a lot more – €2,000.

Another option, and a more convenient one, is from Berlin.  Berlin to Auckland is €1,649 (£1,300) return.  A list of other Qatar sale deals out of Germany is here.

Oddly, you can mix and match these two fares to get an even better price!  Using the multi-city option on the Qatar website lets you book Berlin – Auckland / Auckland – Pisa for just €1,393 (£1,100).

Qatar A380

What sale deals are available from the UK?

The list of sale deals from the UK is here.

From Birmingham, which is the only city listed, there is a lot around the £1,600 mark including Hong Kong and Johannesburg.  It is worth trying prices from Manchester, Edinburgh and London as well.

Apart from Auckland, there is nothing in this sale which is a ‘must book’.  It is worth remembering that these fares are good for the next 12 months, however, so you may want to lock in something for Christmas or Easter 2017.

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Comments

  1. So I booked Berlin > Auckland > Pisa and the manage my booking for BA shows only 420TPs. Is this a mistake? I don’t see how that works out… I thought it would be 140 x 4 so 560TPs… is the Pisa to Doha flight showing as 80TPs right now?

    Hopefully fixed by next year lol a long time to worry about it

    • …. you “worry” about TP’s when you’ve just bagged a return to NZ in biz for a steal?!?

      As an aside, I tried to add my booking to the ‘Manage my Booking’ on BA and got a message saying “Sorry, we are unable to add bookings that do not contain any British Airways flights to your account” …. clues?

      • Stu R this is totally normal. Only if there is any BA flight in your booking you would receive a BA record locator.

        • Yes, but Ian above says:
          “I booked Berlin > Auckland > Pisa and the manage my booking for BA shows ….”
          unless his flight from Berlin to Doha carries a BA codeshare number?

          • I did think that too but I’m just over-complicating things. It should be 600TPs all up but the Doha to Pisa route isn’t loaded into the BA system yet, doesn’t even show on the BA calculator too. Thanks for the help anyway :)

      • lol I’m not worried just curious. It’ll be the end of my TP year and I’ll be very close to 10,000TPs this year… just want it for a screenshot to be honest.

        I know its a steal.. but 19 hours on a plane even in business is not exciting. I would still much pefer 3-4 flights with layovers enroute but def not complaining! :)

  2. Jest had a horrendous experience with Qatar. Suffice to say, if they tell you that although your flight is delayed, they’re holding the connection for you…. they’re lying and they’re getting you to Doha to strand you rather than admitting failure and rerouting you.

  3. Those flights I bought for €1,347 to AKL are now priced in I class at €4,272. What an absolute bargain! Thank you again for the heads up!

  4. I booked a flight from Doha to Auckland a few weeks ago leaving on the 22nd December 2016… Has my flight been cancelled?! I haven’t heard anything from Qatar airlines about this yet?! Ahhhhhhhh!!

    • Yes, the launch flight has been delayed to 6 Feb 2017 and may even slips further until next April

      Call QR asap and explore your rebook / reroute / refund options

  5. I booked a business class flight Athens – Auckland via Doha (which includes the new direct Doha-AKL flight) . The booking was made via the Qatar web site for January 2017 and the flights were confirmed in April 2016. Have now been emailed a new ticket re-routing me to Sydney, Australia. On contacting Qatar Airlines Athens office I was told I could not be re-routed to Auckland and if I wanted to continue to Auckland from Sydney it would be at my own expense. I was offered a full refund or the option of rebooking for February 2017, more than a month after the original booking.

    • Not so bad, you get a full refund and plenty of time to find another route.

      • Qatar virgin says:

        Dont agree Harry. People booked fares with Qatar because they were cheap. These weren’t mistake fares that being booked. They were legit fares from Qatar. Once people book their flights they tend to make subsequent bookings for hotels, cars and time off etc… Qatar should be more flexible and help get people to their destinations with the least impact. In my instance Qatar have put me on a DOH-AKL flight that leaves before my PSA – DOH arrives – so its effectively cancelling my tickets as they are unusable. They are forcing people into cancelling their flights.

    • EC261 applies, so they can’t just try and leave you in Sydney rather the AKL. Qatar has a contractual obligation to get ticket-holders to their final destination; and with a minimum of inconvenience.

      I would let this run for a few weeks as there is still some shake out to happen, they offered too generous terms to change originally & have now volte faced and introduced draconian rules that are currently illegal under EC law.

      No doubt they will eventually find a happy medium. In the meantime check out flyertalk as this is being discussed a lot on their currently.

      • My brother and I booked PSA/AKL/PSA departing in December. As with Mary we found that our booking had been amended to go to Sydney, with the DOH/SYD flight departing before the PSA/DOH flight arrived (and vice versa!). I had a call from a reservations agent at Qatar who initially told me we could fly to Sydney and travel onto Auckland at our own expense or pay the extra taxes and go to Auckland via Hong Kong. When I called back to ascertain what the taxes would be I was then given a different story as, evidently, the first agent hadn’t seen the email from Doha setting out the official position on this.

        The net outcome was we’d have pay a considerable increase to fly to Auckland via Hong Kong or to simply fly to Sydney and make our own way there. The only two acceptable options were a refund or rebooking in February at the original promotional fare. We chose the latter option as, to be frank, it made no real difference to us to go in December or February.

        At the end of the day, a fare of just over £1,050 for business class to Auckland and back is incredibly good so I guess it’s understandable they want to limit their exposure.

      • I don’t see how EC261 impacts here though if they’re offering a full refund? I was caught out with this before when bmi regional decided to cancel a BRU-EDI flights on Sundays – this was going to be my way back from a TP run. However because they did so a month beforehand their only liability seemed to be to offer me a refund (which I had to take in the end) or a flight the next day (which would have incurred an extra hotel night).

        See http://ec.europa.eu/ireland/the_eu_and_you/faq/air_travel/index_en.htm#5

        “Examples
        Cancellation more than 14 days before date of departure:

        Hugh has received a text from his airline advising him that his flight in 16 days is cancelled. He does not have a right to compensation under the Regulation but may seek a refund of his flight cost.”