BA reinstates Qatar ‘R’ class earning – so check out Qatar’s new ‘2 4 1’ sale!

Yesterday was a fairly chaotic day on Head for Points, but all ended well.  British Airways claimed that it was a mistake that it announced that Qatar Airways ‘R’ class (discounted business class) tickets would no longer earn Avios or tier points – a mistake repeated by BA’s social media and call centres.  By the end of the day, ba.com had been adjusted and ‘R’ class tickets were again officially qualifying for Avios and tier points.

This means that we can look at the current Qatar Airways ‘2 4 1’ business class sale today.

As usual, the best deals are to be had if you start outside the UK.

Remember the following guidelines:

As this is a 2-4-1 sale, you need two or four to be travelling to get the prices quoted

These flights all involve changing in Doha.  This means that you earn tier points and Avios on four segments.  For flights to Asia, you will earn 560 tier points return (140 x 4) as long as each flight is over 2,000 miles.

Qatar Airways has a wide range of aircraft in its fleet.  The hugely impressive current generation business class seating will definitely be found on the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Airbus A380 aircraft.  As this is a 2-4-1 sale, however, you will also be perfectly happy on the Boeing 777 fleet because of the two-abreast seating.

My review of Qatar Airways A380 business class is here, 777 business class here and 787 business class here.

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These pages have a summary of the best deals for the main European departure hubs.  I recommend taking a look at each based on where you want to fly:

Qatar Airways Stockholm deals (Singapore SEK 11,730)

Qatar Airways Helsinki deals (Phuket €1,130)

Qatar Airways Germany deals (Johannesburg €1,229; Dubai €1,019)

Qatar Airways Oslo deals (Bangkok NOK 10,500)

Qatar Airways Paris deals

Qatar Airways Amsterdam deals  (Tokyo €1,519)

Qatar Airways Brussels deals (Maldives €1,580)

In most cases you must book on the Qatar Airways website by Monday 7th November and travel between 15th November and 15th June.

An extra 5% saving on flights from the UK

There is no doubt that the best deals are available from continental Europe.  However, if you are happy to pay extra for the convenience of starting from a UK airport then there are some offers out there.

Here are a sample, priced per person based on two travelling:

Dubai – £1320 (Edinburgh)

Goa – £1390

Bangkok – £1620

Kuala Lumpur –  £1650 (Edinburgh)

Seychelles – £1840

Maldives – £1750

Cape Town – £1950

More UK deals can be found here.

Book your Business Class Qatar Airways sale flight from the UK via this page and you will receive a further 5% discount.

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Comments

  1. Phew! Thanks for the scare, Rob!

    Especially as I’m on QR914 to Adelaide right now (Hi Mike, Hi Peter!) and banking on this for BA status three days before my TP year end.

    Aloha from (recently departed from) Doha.

    • Wow, that was tight timing.. Have a great trip! We all had a right scare yesterday… But can all breathe easily… For now!

  2. OT: I’m going to have my first ex-EU flight with Qatar to BKK in March and reading through these posts I’ve realised that I’ve registered my flights with Qatars frequent flyers number instead of BAEC, will I still be able to claim tier points to BAEC? Thank you

    • Not if you keep the Qatar number in the booking.

      However, the Manage My Booking function on the Qatar website will let you change over the number to a BA one.

  3. Do you have to be a Privilege Member to get these sale rates? Looking at rates but sale rates seem to apply whether one person or two travel in Business Class. Rate for two is twice rate for one in the Business Promo rate. Am I missing something?

  4. I’d just like to thank Rob and helpful posters for flagging up these QR deals. Am currently in the lounge at Doha with a happy rested wife. Although she wasn’t too keen initially on joining me on a TP run ex-Oslo to Bangkok (and onward to Myanmar), sleeping for 5 hours on the 777 followed by service of 4 cups of Earl Grey tea – served in pairs – without a flinch has QR firmly in her good books.

    They even checked the bags through to LHr on our BA flight OSL.

    £660pp rtn pp for QR OSL-BKK, only slightly more than the BA taxes and charges alone is a real bargain. Big thanks to whoever suggested booking on expedia.no in the first place (some sort of deal to compete with Norwegian I assume). I fare bucket and the Avios/TPs have posted.

    Ian