Qatar Airways has launched another of its occasional 2-4-1 sales. These have annoying short booking windows (in this case, only until February 14th) but offer exceptional discounts when two people travel together.
Here are some sample prices on the Qatar website. If we focus just on the Business Class fares, there is Shanghai at £1,585 each and Kuala Lumpur at £1,600.
Whilst not on the list, The Maldives comes out at £1,130 in June.
Remember that Qatar flies from Manchester and, from May, Edinburgh, so these fares are of special interest if you live in the regions.
From Heathrow, Perth prices up at £2,330.
However, there is no need to pay such a rip-off price as £2,330 to fly to Australia and back in one of the worlds best business class cabins. (And earn Avios and British Airways tier points to boot!)
These sale fares are available from other European starting points too.
From Frankfurt, returns to Perth are just €2,319 each. That is just £1,917 each! Importantly, Qatar flies its new Boeing 787 to Frankfurt so you are guaranteed the latest seats.
Similar deals are available from other European capitals served by Qatar, but check for a 787 aircraft (see photo below) for the European leg. You will usually find this flying from Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Zurich, Brussels and Munich.
The fare rules are modest:
Book by February 14th
Fly between February 20th and December 17th, excluding the peak Summer period of July 24th to September 13th.
For Perth only, you must travel between April 16th and June 30th.
No changes, cancellations or refunds.
Despite the fare rules, I found very little available over the Easter period unfortunately.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.