I have written a few pieces recently about Qatar Airways joining BA in the oneworld alliance, eg here and here. This gives you a very interesting new option for spending your Avios points, especially as Qatar Airways has an impressive reputation and a growing route network.
Qatar will be launching a new service from Edinburgh to Doha from May 28th. They will fly five times per week, and this will – apparently – be the first service from Edinburgh to any Middle Eastern destination.
It is also worth noting that Qatar will using a brand new Boeing 787 on the route, which means that it will feature their impressive new business class seating as pictured below:
Even better, it is running as a day flight. It will leave Edinburgh at 14.45, arriving in Doha at 23.40.
Avios redemption seats are already bookable at ba.com. A one-way from Edinburgh to Doha in business class costs 40,000 Avios plus £240 – £112 less tax than taking a BA flight with a change in Heathrow.
If flying to Qatar, it is worth noting that ex-Heathrow redemptions are also a lot cheaper on Qatar. The tax on a direct BA flight to Doha is £506 return, whilst a Qatar flight is £365 return. Unless you are using a 2-4-1 voucher from your BA Amex, Qatar seems a no-brainer if you can get a 787 departure. As the comments below show, even the older 777 planes are seen as a having a better business class service than BA.