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Crazy Qatar BUSINESS fares – £470 Bangkok, £1200 Perth, £660 HK etc

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OK, there is a medium-sized catch to this headline.  You need to start your trip in Cairo.  And obviously there are safer places in the world than Cairo at the moment.  But read on before dismissing this ….

Qatar Airways is running a ‘2 for 1’ sale for the next couple of days for flights departing from Cairo and various other Middle East / African cities. 

(For a UK resident, Cairo is the obvious starting point.  Your other options are Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda!

Whilst you may think that Morocco is also an option, the fares ex-Casablanca are a lot higher than the Cairo fares).

Qatar 787 business class seat

Full details can be found here.

The rules are straightforward:

Two people must travel together as these are technically ‘2 for 1’ prices

Buy your tickets by 13th December

Take your outbound and return flight by 31st March (edited, I originally wrote ‘outbound by’)

18-23 December and 2-12 January are black-out dates

You cannot have Doha as your final destination

Tickets are changeable for a $250 fee

Interestingly, flights from Cairo to Doha are booking into First Class for that segment.

Let’s look at some prices!

Qatar Airways flies to most places, and annoyingly they haven’t listed many sample prices on their website.  Here are a couple of examples that I priced up:

Cairo to Bangkok – E£10,608 = £940 = £470 per person!

Cairo to Perth – E£27,184 = £2,408 = £1,204 per person!

Cairo to Hong Kong – E£15,078 = £1,335 = £668 per person! (harder to find dates)

Plenty of other destinations as well.  Cape Town, for example, works out at £1,070 each, and this is for peak season travel.

Remember that you earn Avios points and British Airways Executive Club tier points when you fly with Qatar, making these flights even better value!

Getting to your starting point is not expensive.  Economy flights to Cairo cost 25,000 Avios and £163 per person.

Clearly this is not an option for everyone.  However, these are exceptional deals if you are in a position to take advantage.

Comments (16)

  • Volker says:

    All price quotations are return fares?

  • courtster says:

    £2419 for 2 to MEL is great, just a shame CAI-DOH books at only 1600 miles so only 40 TPs 🙁

  • vonnie says:

    Whoa amazing offer, but i’m new to this game so what do i know. furiously trying out dates now

  • renwaldo says:

    Hey Raffles,

    No luck finding these CAI – BKK return fares at the rate you suggested. Can you let me know what dates you plugged in to see them?

    • renwaldo says:

      Either I’ve mis-read your post, or there’s a slight mistake in it – for CAI – BKK at least

      You need to take your return flight by the 31st March, not the outbound flight, looking at the price matrix. Shame as I can’t go any earlier, but thanks for the heads up nevertheless!

      • Rob says:

        Apologies, have corrected the post. Am used to the BA model where the cut-off date is for the outbound only.

    • Rob says:

      Are you using the link in the post?

      I just put in 11-18 March as a random choice of dates and got it first time – E£10,608 all-in for 2, business class.

  • Paul says:

    Shame it ends a few days before the school half term. We were considering HKG (and onto TPE) for the Easter break so will have wait (hope) for a BA sale around Boxing Day

  • aceman says:

    Same price as one way, still very good, and something I might have to do…

  • Tony says:

    No one seems to have picked this up, but QR will also sell you CAI-LHR-CAI for £620 each

    And remember, it’s double points if you fly in January

    Dates I used were 21st-28th Jan

    • Sean Brennan says:

      I suppose the LHR-CAI-LHR will be on BA?

      • Jeremy I says:

        Sorry folks I’m a bit confused – what’s the attraction of LHR -CAI-LHR through Qatar? Is there any way of getting them priced into the same intinerary as the CAI-BKK-CAI flights?
        Apologies if I’m confusing everyone?!

        • Rob says:

          It would make a (fairly) cheap tier point run if you were chasing status. You would book a LHR-CAI return on BA – say out 1 Jan, back 31 Jan. You could then book CAI-LHR-CAI dated, for example, 2 January out and 30th January back. You then get 2 weekends in Cairo (first BA out, Qatar back, the 2nd Qatar out, BA back) with some time at home inbetween. Would be possible to time it over, say, two different weekends.

  • Phil the Flyer says:

    I’d already been e-mailed this offer from QR before I saw it highlighted here.

    I’ve successfully booked my wife and I QR business class CAI-DOH-HKG and return in March 2014 for approx GBP700 each. Throw in a HHonors Conrad Hong Kong reward stay (5th night free), 400TPs each and Avios, and we’ve got ourselves a comparative bargain – leaving more money to spend at the Hong Kong tailors!