Bits: 2400 Avios with Tesco Mobile, Qatar Airways launches Cardiff!

News in brief:

2,400 Avios with a new Tesco Mobile phone

If you’re looking for a, possibly spare or second, mobile phone, Tesco Mobile has a new offer.  Buy any of these six phones and you will receive 1,000 bonus Clubcard points, worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club miles.

The phones start at £69.  I’m not an expert on this but there might be some eBay resale potential here too.  Full details are in this Shopper Points article.

Alcatel Pop 4

Qatar Airways to launch services from Cardiff Wales Airport

Qatar Airways had promised the announcement of a “ground-breaking experience for passengers” at Arabian Travel Market this week, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for something this ground-breaking.

Qatar Airways is launching services from Cardiff Wales Airport in 2018.  Cardiff joins San Francisco, Kiev and Lisbon among 12 new cities earmarked for services.  There is no word of whether the Welsh Assembly has oiled the wheels with a route support deal or what aircraft type will be used.  Qatar does occasionally use short-haul planes for connections from second-tier airports.

Qatar Airways is, of course, a oneworld partner airline which means that you can earn and redeem Avios points, and earn British Airways tier points, when flying with Qatar.

Anyone expecting exceptionally cheap deals may be disappointed though.  The Qatar / British Airways partnership deal, under which the two airlines share the revenue from services on both airlines between the UK and Doha, may well restrict the ability to discount to the levels we have seen in Europe.

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Comments

  1. Same here.
    Its troubling that they have my avios balance correct….

    • Interesting, never noticed that. Might be prudent to go to BA and combibe avios there and change avios log in details.

      • Tweet from @AviosUK, looks like a cock-up rather than a scam.

        “We’re aware that an email for our South African customers has been sent to some of our UK base in error, please disregard. Thx ^VW”

  2. OT: Plans for a 50% reduction in APD on flights from Scotland passed their first hurdle today:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39694369

    • It’s a good idea. Once implemented I’d like to see reductions in APD for airports in the north of England to remain competitive then introduce a tiered charge throughout the country so that only LHR/LGW/LCY remain at 100% APD.

      • Presumably BA will just increase their surcharges on redemptions to make up the difference?

        • Why? The majority of airports they serve don’t levy APD (to a similar level as us anyway) but they didn’t increase surcharges from them to match the UK level – including Aberdeen.

      • You will likely find some take exception to your comments on the London airports. I used to share your views but I’m now less convinced. Regional expansion is taking place all across the UK despite LHR so penalising it and the other London airports might just be self-defeating by reducing choice, not increasing it. London area will always be able to attract both greater frequencies and a broader range of destinations than the regions ever could simply due to the density of population and commerce in the south east. A more interesting question might be whether it is in the interests of passengers to meddle with BAs monopoly at LHR, however, I am now against that too as the most likely outcome would be a decrease in the number of nonstop longhaul destinations.

  3. Just a quick question for anyone in th know, today I was booked on dxb-doh-bhx (on business and first) Thanks you qatar the first leg was late coming in and we missed the doh-bhx. As a result they transferred us to doh-mun-bhx. (The last leg being with Lufthansa but all booked through qatar on the same 6 digit flight reference code.

    What are the chances that we will get an extra 40 tier points for the last leg.

    • Nil, even if the flight had a Qatar flight number, because oneworld goes on operating carrier. The only exception is Qantas-coded Emirates flights.

      Whether Qatar can make BA give you 40 TP ….. I don’t know.