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Some impressive business class deals in the Qatar Airways 2-4-1 sale

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Qatar Airways is currently running a ‘2-4-1’ sale on business class seats from a number of European destinations. Some of the prices on offer are very, very attractive indeed.

Remember that Qatar Airways is now a oneworld partner, so you earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly. I will be writing about the earnings rates, and a ‘double Avios’ promotion, tomorrow.

Here is the link to the sale fares.

Qatar sale

From London, standout deals includes £3,100 for two people to the Maldives. Remember that, on the leg to Doha from London, Qatar runs its new Boeing 787’s with its new business class, as I wrote about here. £3,163 to Bangkok for two looks good as well.

However, deals get even more attractive when you start outside the UK – although Qatar does not always run its newest planes on these routes.

This link shows the fares from Paris.

They are offering a pretty amazing fare of €2,685 to Bangkok – and that is for two people! Maldives is an astonishing €2,260 – that is under £1,000 per person for business class flights during peak season.

To put this into context, as Qatar is currently giving out double Avios points, your £1,000 return to the Maldives would also earn you about 26,500 Avios as well! That is based on 3,200 miles to Doha each way, 2,000 miles to Male, 1.25x mileage earned for business class and the current double Avios promotion which I will feature tomorrow.

Other deals may be available from other European gateways if you have a play with the Qatar website.

You need to book by 14th November, for travel before 31st March.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (26)

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  • Polly says:

    What exchange rate are you using right now?

    • Nick. says:

      The current exchange rate @ http://www.xe.com is 1.197 so using this brings it to well under 1K pp.

    • Erico1875 says:

      £1000 works out at 1.13 so to be under , marginally, above that

      • John says:

        £934 is not “marginally” under £1000 – this is how much I would pay with the Capital One Classic Extra Mastercard if I booked today.

        With Nationwide Select Visa I would pay £940.
        Using the Lloyds Avios Amex, you’d pay £952 and get 1190 avios.
        Using an Amex Amex, you’d pay £981 and get 981 MR (or maybe 1962 or even 2943)

  • Boi says:

    wow, thats impressive. hopefully something similar can come up for our dates.

    Looking for deals to JNB in april. Currently can’t even get a reward seat to reduce costs as return is at easter!! 2 adults and 3 kids proving expensive but can’t bear economy so please somebody come up with a sale 🙂

  • phreegreens says:

    MEL for £4,333 (for 2!) inc. taxes in January is far from shabby either. Plenty of dates price up as well.

  • Tony says:

    Paris-Phuket for EUR2030 for 2 is an even better deal than Male (and you can probably find somewhere to say without remortgaging your house if you go to Thailand…)

  • where2travel says:

    Qatar do not run their 787 aircraft (with the new very nice looking business class cabins and seats) from MAN, CDG or BRU and it’s usually on just one rotation from LHR. They do run it from FRA, MUC, CPH, ZRH, OSL and some of the fares from these cities are cheaper so worth a look.

  • Ironbark says:

    This is a great deal, under £3800 for 2 to Melbourne from Paris. Unfortunately they are unable to add children to the booking, it’s strictly 2 adults, so we couldn’t take advantage.

    • david says:

      They told me there was no problem at all booking a separate infant ticket and associating it with the 241 booking (which does have to be done online though) – they even gave me the quote for teh infant. In the end I decided to use my AA miles to book Etihad however as I dont want to have a huge amount of miles sitting around gradually depreciating.

      • Ironbark says:

        I have heard Qatar customer services can be hit and miss, maybe I’ll try ringing them again. The man I spoke to was emphatic that the fare was just for 2 adults, there was no way to book an infant or child. I booked the Qantas 2 for 1 a few years ago, and it was no problem to add another person, at a reduced price too!

  • Blackberryaddict says:

    I’ve booked LHR-DOH-PVG for work – have to go with a colleague so this works out very well. With the double miles you get around the same as BA direct, and much more than Finnair. Plus 540 TPs is not to be sniffed at.

    I had kind of given up on a leisure trip, but the ex-eu is a good tip. I have done it on BA, and had looked at RJ ex-CDG, but this is an even better deal.

    QR seems to run a lot of promotions – any idea if they will repeat the 241?

  • Oliver says:

    These are very good fares! That’s a lot of avios! definitely worth booking with QR if you need to go to any of those places soon

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