EXCELLENT Avios-earning Qatar Airways sale deals, from £833!

EDIT:  It appears that, separately from this sale, Qatar is selling Copenhagen / Berlin to Singapore for £900 return in Business using the MASTERCARD promo code I outline here.  This is for May / June departures only, it seems. BA Silver in the bag (almost). 

If it only feels like last week that Qatar Airways had a major sale, it is because it was!  (Well, nearly – 27th April was the last article I wrote like this.)

A new sale is now live.  The good news is that this one has a substantially wider travel window.  You can fly from 16th August 2017 to 20th March 2018.

The deals from the UK must be booked by 15th May.  The more attractive deals out of Europe must be booked by either 15th May or 22nd May, depending on where you start.

Full details of the UK business class deals can be found here.  These deals are not bad, to be fair, with Asia around £1800 – £2000.  The cheapest departures are from Edinburgh.  London, Manchester and Birmingham are also available.

Qatar Travel Festival

The best fares will not be found from the UK, however, as you can see from the examples below.

Here are a few of the better headline prices.  These deals are all for business class travel via Doha.

These prices EXCLUDE the additional discount for using the promo code MASTERCARD when booking which is still running.  This code runs until 21st May so take note if you are looking to book from a sale city where the discounts run until 22nd May.

These prices are NOT the full list of discounts – they are just random examples I picked out.  You can use the country links below to check out prices from other popular starting points.  The best deals are spread out this time so there is no ‘slam dunk’ choice of the cheapest place to start your trip.

Stockholm to Dubai – £968

Stockholm to Krabi – £1,121

Oslo to Auckland – £1,633

Oslo to Cape Town – £1,356

Oslo to Maldives – £1,248

Helsinki to Krabi – £1,107

Helsinki to Dubai – £833

Frankfurt to Windhoek – £1,078

Berlin to Kuala Lumpur – £1,137

Berlin to Cape Town – £1,289

Berlin to Singapore – £1,277

Berlin to Melbourne – £2,005

Copenhagen to Auckland – £1,676

Copenhagen to Singapore – £1,246

Nice to Tokyo – £1,340 (excellent price for Tokyo)

Paris to Sydney – £2,213

The longer routes would earn 560 British Airways Executive Club tier points return (140 + 140 + 140 + 140) due to the change of plane in Doha.  Auckland is 600 tier points.  560 points is more than 90% of what you need for a BA Silver card.  Dubai is 140 + 60 + 60 + 140 as the connection books into First Class on a two class plane.  Remember, though, that you still need to have taken 4 British Airways flights for cash in your current tier point year before you will be upgraded.

Get a free hotel if you stopover in Doha

Until 30th September, Qatar Airways will give you a free hotel stay if you choose to stop in Doha on the way.

There are two options:

First and Business Class passengers get one free night in a 5-star hotel (add a 2nd night for $50 per room)

Economy passengers get one free night in a 4-star hotel (add a 2nd night for $50 per room)

Full details are on the Qatar Airways website here.

How to pick a departure city

It isn’t all about the long-haul flight price.  You need to add in the cost of getting to your starting point.

More importantly, you need to build in contingency.  You need to arrive early enough to ensure that you won’t miss your connection if your inbound flight is late.  If that means staying overnight, you need to factor in the cost of a hotel.  You may also want to pick an airport with a hotel on the airport to avoid messing about with shuttle buses.

Remember that BA will no longer tag through bags to connecting flights when they are on separate tickets.  If you are checking in a case, you will need to fly London to, say, Stockholm, wait for your case, clear immigration, go to Departures, check in your case and clear security again.  This will take some time.

Here are the links to the sale pages on the main Qatar European sites:

Qatar Airways UK deals

Qatar Airways Stockholm deals 

Qatar Airways Helsinki deals 

Qatar Airways Oslo deals 

Qatar Airways Denmark deals

Qatar Airways Germany deals

Qatar Airways Italy deals

Qatar Airways France deals

Qatar Airways Amsterdam deals  

Qatar Airways Brussels deals 

As ever with Qatar, you should keep an eye on the aircraft.  The most modern seats are on the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Airbus A380 fleet.  I think that the full A330 fleet has been refitted now too.  The newer planes have a 1-2-1 herringbone layout where passengers faces away from each other.  The Boeing 777 aircraft are fully flat but have a different 2 x 2 x 2 layout.  Qatar also uses short-haul planes on some European routes but these are configured with ‘proper’ business class seats.

Here are my Qatar Airways seat and lounge reviews – you will see that I am very positive about them:

There is always an element of ‘needle in a haystack’ with these sales, but if your plans for the Autumn or next Spring are not yet firm it is worth popping over to the Qatar Airways website and seeing if there is anything interesting.

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Comments

  1. Sunszajn says:

    Any deals for Hawaii?

    • I don’t think QR has done many ex-EU westbound sale flights. With the addition of the likes of Cardiff and Dublin, but it tends to be more ex-CAI flights, and then not as far as Hawaii.

  2. Richard says:

    What can I do if Iberia won’t compensate me for a cancelled flight that caused me to arrive at my destination around 22 hours after the scheduled arrival time and for a delayed flight (a separate incident) that caused me to miss my connection in Madrid and arrive at my destination around 12 hours after the scheduled arrival time?

    • Im getting absolutely nowhrre with iberia too. Just completely ignoring all emails

    • Small claims court, you can take them in your resident country (presumably uk) and small claims in the uk is a snip. They’d be foolish to defend in terms of cost / benefit analysis (assuming you gave a claim with some basis, which you seem to)

  3. MASTERCARD 15% promo appears to be for travel up to 10 Dec 17 – http://www.qatarairways.com/se/en/offers/mastercard.page

  4. If flying out of Stockholm etc. (to get the good prices), do you have to pay in SEK or can you pay in GBP? Until now I’ve only used BA 2-4-1’s, flying out of London.

    • Need to pay in SEK – and if they did offer to convert to £ you can be sure it would be at a worse rate than your credit card would use!

      • Thanks Rob, thought that might be the case.

      • Not necessarily. I booked a couple of ex-EUs in the QR Visa sale earlier this year, and, to my astonishment, the clunky QR website recognised my UK credit card and offered GBP conversions that were significantly more favourable than my Barclaycard exchange rate (c.2 percentage points better)

  5. TheRealStatto says:

    TheRealStatto – crunching the data so you don’t have to 🙂

    Here is a list of all the QR sale prices, sorted in reverse order of £/TP (for BAEC folks).

    Assumed exchange rates (GBP 1 = ):

    DKK 8.82774
    EUR 1.17000
    GBP 1.00000
    NOK 11.2064
    SEK 11.4843

    Didn’t do the AMS departures as they all seem to be Economy prices…

    ORG DST PRICE CUR X-RATE GBP TPs £/TP
    ARN KBV 12849 SEK 11.484300 1118.83 560 2.00
    HEL KBV 1319 EUR 1.170000 1127.35 560 2.01
    HEL BKK 1359 EUR 1.170000 1161.54 560 2.07
    BRU DEL 1380 EUR 1.170000 1179.49 560 2.11
    OSL BKK 13249 NOK 11.206400 1182.27 560 2.11
    HEL DXB 989 EUR 1.170000 845.30 400 2.11
    OSL SIN 13449 NOK 11.206400 1200.12 560 2.14
    HEL HKT 1419 EUR 1.170000 1212.82 560 2.17
    OSL MLE 13949 NOK 11.206400 1244.74 560 2.22
    CPH SIN 10999 DKK 8.827740 1245.96 560 2.22
    ARN BKK 14449 SEK 11.484300 1258.15 560 2.25
    BRU BKK 1490 EUR 1.170000 1273.50 560 2.27
    ARN SIN 14699 SEK 11.484300 1279.92 560 2.29
    BRU HKT 1510 EUR 1.170000 1290.60 560 2.30
    BRU PVG 1530 EUR 1.170000 1307.69 560 2.34
    CPH BKK 11799 DKK 8.827740 1336.58 560 2.39
    OSL CPT 15149 NOK 11.206400 1351.82 560 2.41
    ARN DWC 11099 SEK 11.484300 966.45 400 2.42
    NCE TYO 1590 EUR 1.170000 1358.97 560 2.43
    OSL CMB 15549 NOK 11.206400 1387.51 560 2.48
    ARN DPS 16049 SEK 11.484300 1397.47 560 2.50
    BRU CGK 1650 EUR 1.170000 1410.26 560 2.52
    OSL HKT 15899 NOK 11.206400 1418.74 560 2.53
    OSL KBV 16099 NOK 11.206400 1436.59 560 2.57
    OSL DXB 11699 NOK 11.206400 1043.96 400 2.61
    NCE CGK 1715 EUR 1.170000 1465.81 560 2.62
    OSL DXB 11799 NOK 11.206400 1052.88 400 2.63
    BRU DPS 1730 EUR 1.170000 1478.63 560 2.64
    ARN CMB 17049 SEK 11.484300 1484.55 560 2.65
    OSL KUL 16999 NOK 11.206400 1516.90 560 2.71
    OSL AKL 18249 NOK 11.206400 1628.44 600 2.71
    CPH DPS 13449 DKK 8.827740 1523.49 560 2.72
    OSL HKG 17149 NOK 11.206400 1530.29 560 2.73
    ARN MLE 17749 SEK 11.484300 1545.50 560 2.76
    NCE BKK 1825 EUR 1.170000 1559.83 560 2.79
    CPH AKL 14799 DKK 8.827740 1676.42 600 2.79
    PAR HKT 1835 EUR 1.170000 1568.38 560 2.80
    CPH CMB 13999 DKK 8.827740 1585.80 560 2.83
    CPH CPT 14049 DKK 8.827740 1591.46 560 2.84
    ARN AKL 19599 SEK 11.484300 1706.59 600 2.84
    CPH HKT 14149 DKK 8.827740 1602.79 560 2.86
    CPH KUL 14149 DKK 8.827740 1602.79 560 2.86
    BRU TYO 1900 EUR 1.170000 1623.93 560 2.90
    OSL DPS 18249 NOK 11.206400 1628.44 560 2.91
    CPH KBV 14399 DKK 8.827740 1631.11 560 2.91
    PAR BKK 1970 EUR 1.170000 1683.76 560 3.01
    BRU HAN 1970 EUR 1.170000 1683.76 560 3.01
    BRU CMB 2000 EUR 1.170000 1709.40 560 3.05
    CPH DWC 10799 DKK 8.827740 1223.30 400 3.06
    BRU CPT 2005 EUR 1.170000 1713.68 560 3.06
    BHX BKK 1719 GBP 1.000000 1719.00 560 3.07
    HEL DPS 2019 EUR 1.170000 1725.64 560 3.08
    ARN HKT 19849 SEK 11.484300 1728.36 560 3.09
    CPH DXB 10899 DKK 8.827740 1234.63 400 3.09
    EDI BKK 1729 GBP 1.000000 1729.00 560 3.09
    HEL CPT 2039 EUR 1.170000 1742.74 560 3.11
    LHR BKK 1749 GBP 1.000000 1749.00 560 3.12
    MAN BKK 1769 GBP 1.000000 1769.00 560 3.16
    EDI KUL 1779 GBP 1.000000 1779.00 560 3.18
    HEL SIN 2089 EUR 1.170000 1785.47 560 3.19
    EDI HKT 1809 GBP 1.000000 1809.00 560 3.23
    CPH HKG 15999 DKK 8.827740 1812.36 560 3.24
    CPH MLE 16049 DKK 8.827740 1818.02 560 3.25
    NCE KUL 2140 EUR 1.170000 1829.06 560 3.27
    HEL MEL 2339 EUR 1.170000 1999.15 600 3.33
    HEL SYD 2339 EUR 1.170000 1999.15 600 3.33
    OSL MEL 22599 NOK 11.206400 2016.62 600 3.36
    OSL SYD 22649 NOK 11.206400 2021.08 600 3.37
    BHX HKT 1889 GBP 1.000000 1889.00 560 3.37
    EDI SIN 1899 GBP 1.000000 1899.00 560 3.39
    LHR HKT 1909 GBP 1.000000 1909.00 560 3.41
    HEL MLE 2249 EUR 1.170000 1922.22 560 3.43
    OSL SEZ 21599 NOK 11.206400 1927.38 560 3.44
    BHX SIN 1929 GBP 1.000000 1929.00 560 3.44
    PAR CGK 2265 EUR 1.170000 1935.90 560 3.46
    MAN HKT 1939 GBP 1.000000 1939.00 560 3.46
    NCE HKG 2285 EUR 1.170000 1952.99 560 3.49
    PAR KUL 2285 EUR 1.170000 1952.99 560 3.49
    LHR SIN 1959 GBP 1.000000 1959.00 560 3.50
    PAR CMB 2300 EUR 1.170000 1965.81 560 3.51
    NCE CMB 2300 EUR 1.170000 1965.81 560 3.51
    MAN SIN 1979 GBP 1.000000 1979.00 560 3.53
    ARN SYD 25049 SEK 11.484300 2181.15 600 3.64
    BHX DPS 2039 GBP 1.000000 2039.00 560 3.64
    EDI DPS 2039 GBP 1.000000 2039.00 560 3.64
    ARN MEL 25149 SEK 11.484300 2189.86 600 3.65
    NCE MCT 1545 EUR 1.170000 1320.51 360 3.67
    PAR TYO 2410 EUR 1.170000 2059.83 560 3.68
    LHR DPS 2069 GBP 1.000000 2069.00 560 3.69
    NCE SIN 2435 EUR 1.170000 2081.20 560 3.72
    BRU PNH 2440 EUR 1.170000 2085.47 560 3.72
    MAN DPS 2089 GBP 1.000000 2089.00 560 3.73
    PAR SYD 2625 EUR 1.170000 2243.59 600 3.74
    CPH SEZ 18599 DKK 8.827740 2106.88 560 3.76
    PAR HKG 2470 EUR 1.170000 2111.11 560 3.77
    NCE HKT 2490 EUR 1.170000 2128.21 560 3.80
    NCE CAP 2510 EUR 1.170000 2145.30 560 3.83
    LHR ZNZ 2149 GBP 1.000000 2149.00 560 3.84
    PAR SIN 2535 EUR 1.170000 2166.67 560 3.87
    MAN ZNZ 2189 GBP 1.000000 2189.00 560 3.91
    BHX ZNZ 2189 GBP 1.000000 2189.00 560 3.91
    EDI ZNZ 2189 GBP 1.000000 2189.00 560 3.91
    BRU MEL 2750 EUR 1.170000 2350.43 600 3.92
    NCE ADL 2770 EUR 1.170000 2367.52 600 3.95
    PAR MCT 1690 EUR 1.170000 1444.44 360 4.01
    CPH MEL 21399 DKK 8.827740 2424.06 600 4.04
    PAR DPS 2655 EUR 1.170000 2269.23 560 4.05
    CPH SYD 21499 DKK 8.827740 2435.39 600 4.06
    HEL AKL 2919 EUR 1.170000 2494.87 600 4.16
    EDI MLE 2409 GBP 1.000000 2409.00 560 4.30
    PAR CAP 2840 EUR 1.170000 2427.35 560 4.33
    BHX KUL 2479 GBP 1.000000 2479.00 560 4.43
    LHR KUL 2509 GBP 1.000000 2509.00 560 4.48
    EDI SEZ 2519 GBP 1.000000 2519.00 560 4.50
    MAN KUL 2549 GBP 1.000000 2549.00 560 4.55
    NCE DPS 3050 EUR 1.170000 2606.84 560 4.66
    BHX MLE 2739 GBP 1.000000 2739.00 560 4.89
    BHX SEZ 2759 GBP 1.000000 2759.00 560 4.93
    LHR MLE 2769 GBP 1.000000 2769.00 560 4.94
    LHR SEZ 2789 GBP 1.000000 2789.00 560 4.98
    PAR AKL 3530 EUR 1.170000 3017.09 600 5.03
    MAN MLE 2819 GBP 1.000000 2819.00 560 5.03
    PAR PER 3545 EUR 1.170000 3029.91 600 5.05
    PAR ADL 3550 EUR 1.170000 3034.19 600 5.06
    PAR MEL 3550 EUR 1.170000 3034.19 600 5.06
    MAN SEZ 2839 GBP 1.000000 2839.00 560 5.07
    EDI DXB 2119 GBP 1.000000 2119.00 400 5.30
    LHR DXB 2159 GBP 1.000000 2159.00 400 5.40
    NCE PER 3795 EUR 1.170000 3243.59 600 5.41
    NCE MEL 3800 EUR 1.170000 3247.86 600 5.41
    NCE SYD 3810 EUR 1.170000 3256.41 600 5.43
    NCE AKL 3860 EUR 1.170000 3299.15 600 5.50
    BHX DXB 2209 GBP 1.000000 2209.00 400 5.52
    MAN DXB 2279 GBP 1.000000 2279.00 400 5.70

  6. Will these go on ITA Matrix? Qatar site is sending me loopy.

  7. Letsfly says:

    Looking at vce-bkk Swiss actually comes in at £802 to Qatar’s 814… both great prices. If I ignore the tier points… which do you recommend?

  8. Sinewaves says:

    Possibly stupid question. Any way of doing part pay with avios on any of these?

  9. Richard says:

    Do you have to use a master card to take advantage of the MASTERCARD promo code? What happens if you don’t? I am not sure I even have master card

  10. Roger I says:

    I was hoping to rebook our great OSL-CPT for early next year. Unfortunately, the current sale only has inconveniently long transfers at DOH, so I’m still looking. The free DOH hotel night this year would be interesting if renewed next year.

    Ethiopian Airlines seems to have expanded their offers in Europe. I see a great ET (= Ethiopian) offer for DUB-CPT at about £1,253 p.p. in biz (sometimes via LHR connecting with BA for a few pounds more). They’re using 787s for both legs, though with standard 2-2-2 seating, as in LH’s A380 apparently rather than 1-2-1 as with QR.

    We could suffer that, but where to book? Skyscanner searches click into web-only travel agents that I want to keep clear of. The ET website is difficult (for me) to use. Expedia don’t seem to have access to these fares.

    Has anybody some advice on how to book ET deals? Thanks.

    • Roger 1 says:

      Answering my own question, I was able to use the ET website. Biz fare DUB-CPT for my dates (March 2018) come to €1,400.10 = approx £1,186.50 p.p.

      BUT this books into P class with no miles other than ET’s own. D class with wider FF possibilities costs a couple of hundred pounds more.

      HERESY alert: I’m considering booking flights without miles. (eek!) My booking s on hold for up to 24 hours while I reflect.

  11. Andy S says:

    Would I be right in thinking that the tier points don’t get awarded until after you have travelled. Thinking of booking way in advance to catch start of new tier point year?

  12. Hello – the links to the pages with the deals don’t seem to be working? All other links fine but they keep timing out for some reason.