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You can now search, but not book, Qatar redemptions on ba.com

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Well, its progress of a sort, I suppose! Yesterday, Qatar Airways redemptions were loaded onto ba.com. This gives Avios collectors (and American Airlines members) a head start at making redemptions, ahead of Qatar’s official entry into the oneworld alliance at the end of the month.

For some reason, whilst you can search Qatar availability on ba.com, you cannot book it. You get an error message asking you to call your local BA service centre to complete the booking. You can, at least, use ba.com to find out what seats are available before you ring.

Qatar 787 business class seat

The key thing to remember when searching for Qatar redemptions is that they fly from lots of places, not just London! Manchester is the other UK departure point. Their interactive route map is here.

The current cities running the new B787 with the new business class pictured above are (ex-Europe) Copenhagen, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Munich, Oslo, Stockholm and Zurich. If you can’t get a seat from London, you may want to try a redemption from one of the other cities. Non-European routes with 787′s are Bangalore, Delhi, Jeddah and Riyadh. Fly Qatar on other routes, including from Manchester, Paris or Brussels and you will get older equipment with older seats.

There are some good deals to be booked.

I did a random search last night. Fancy Christmas in Australia? Imagine you can’t get seats?

Qatar 2

There are 4 seats from Manchester to Perth in Business Class on December 8th, for example.

My gut feeling is that getting TO Doha will be a doddle if you are happy to start from anywhere in Europe. Focus on getting seats for the ‘Doha to Your Destination’ leg and then add on the ‘Europe to Doha’ bit afterwards. Happy hunting!

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Comments (45)

  • Amy Rideout says:

    This may seem a bit of a stupid question, but, where can I find the miles needed for LHR to Perth using Qatar Airlines? Thanks in advance?

  • Paul says:

    I have been able to get to the payment page for a possible booking next August.

    It is just a pity that the carrier imposed charges levied by BA are so outrageous.

    SIN DPS on QR round trip in J is £358. Avios is 30000 plus £95 with the breakdown shown below. Not good value and I rather suspect BA get £77 for not doing much.
    *****************
    Passenger Service Charge – Singapore GBP 9.80
    Passenger Security Service Charge – Singapore GBP 4.00
    Aviation Tax – Singapore GBP3.00
    Total government, authority and airport charges*GBP 16.80
    More information
    British Airways fees and carrier charges Per adult
    Carrier imposed charge GBP 77.00
    Total British Airways fees and carrier charges GBP77.00
    More information
    Total taxes, fees and carrier charges per person GBP 93.80

    • Phillip says:

      Given how many flights QR have to London daily, I’m finding availability very poor – well into 2014!

    • Rob says:

      Got AA miles? Whilst they were accidentally adding surcharges last week, in theory Qatar redemptions via AA should be surcharge-less.

  • Thywillbedone says:

    Off topic but I have some upcoming Qatar flights (starting 1 November) which were paid for some time ago – I would like to earn BA Tierpoints rather than Qpoints – anyone know how I can change my frequent flyer number for Qatar to BAEC – tried the Qatar website to no avail. Thanks!

    • Rob says:

      May be possible on the Finnair site after 1 November using their Manage My Booking feature, as you can change BA numbers that way.

      If not, just do it at the airport and ensure you get a new boarding pass printed.

  • Rob says:

    Yes, just seen this. Will try to do a post for tomorrow.

    • Alan says:

      Looks interesting – small print mentions iOS but click through to the Hotel Tonight one offers Android, so have registered anyway. Interesting feature that will grab your card details from taking a photo of it!

  • craig says:

    Wow – Qatar Air are joining One World! Things are looking up for the alliance, especially as TAM are joining next year too – having defected from Star Alliance. Great news for me as my family all go to Brazil every 9-12mths using BA or TAM, so them being aligned means joint ticketing and points transfers etc.

    Seems One World will have latin america (LAN & TAM) and the gulf region (Qatar & Jordanian) sewed up.

  • Phillip says:

    BKK-DOH-LHR is bookable on BA.com – both flights on QR. Disappointingly it seems BA is charging a significant amount to what would have otherwise been a cheap redemption as far as taxes are concerned:

    Government, authority and airport charges Per adult
    PZSE GBP 0.30
    Passenger Service Charge (Domestic) – Thailand
    GBP 13.90
    Total government, authority and airport charges*
    GBP 14.20
    British Airways fees and carrier charges Per adult
    Carrier imposed charge
    GBP 123.40
    Total British Airways fees and carrier charges
    GBP 123.40
    Total taxes, fees and carrier charges per person
    GBP 137.60

    BKK-KUL-LHR on MH only costs approximately £15 in taxes.

    • Phillip says:

      And some of the shorter two-class routes are only sold as Economy/First, no Business class option.

      • Wozza2404 says:

        This is likely going to be an AA situation. 3x Y miles for a short haul redemption in “F”, but 60TPs for a paid flight.

  • Maaaark says:

    Can you bump up a class or two by using Avios on Qatar?

    • Rob says:

      Potentially. We won’t know until the oneworld integration is complete. You can, for example, use Avios to upgrade on American – I intend to write about this one day.

      • Maaaark says:

        Excellent, fingers crossed then.

        I’ve booked a cash economy flight in Novemeber to MLE so would love to jump a few cabins.

        Is the upgrade rate universal – 25k per class I think?

  • Mo says:

    Just nabbed the last business seat on the flight I wanted FRA-DOH-BKK. Wooohooo!