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. See the screenshot below from 8pm last night, note that the pricing is for two people:
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.