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Qatar Airways service from Edinburgh goes daily – more lower tax Avios options

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Back in May, Qatar Airways launched a ‘five time a week’ service between Edinburgh and Doha.  It was the first service from Edinburgh to any of the Middle Eastern airports.

Qatar put a brand new Boeing 787 aircraft on the routeI reviewed my recent business class flight on a Qatar 787 in this article and it was very impressive, especially for solo travellers.  Qatar has a special webpage on the benefits of its Boeing 787 service which can be found here.

From 1st May 2015, Qatar is increasing the Edinburgh service to daily.

Qatar Airways launches Edinburgh

This has been a great route for Avios redemptions if you live in Edinburgh catchment area.  The airline tends to offer four business class seats per flight for Avios redemptions, which is 20% of the cabin.

Taxes are also lower than flying to Doha via Heathrow on British Airways.   Edinburgh to Doha in business class is currently 80,000 Avios plus £338 of taxes and charges.  British Airways, via Heathrow, would cost you 80,000 Avios plus £568 – an extra £230 per person.  If you are flying beyond Doha then the maths will change because you will need to factor the additional Avios required for the second leg.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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 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.

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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (10)

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  • Erico1875 says:

    Especially on 2 leg rtns flights ie Bom – Doh- Edi, the tax is so much lower than BAs that you can use the cash+ Avios option to reduce the number of Avios reqd to the same as BA . Ie drop from 60k to 50k

  • Jono Stuatt says:

    Why are flight to Doha with Qatar so expensive as opposed to flying to Dubai via Doha?

  • Speedbird_ABZ says:

    What’s the best way to book this? I have an Avios account and BAEC one. Do they take Amex 2-4-1 on this route or are they only for BA flights? I couldn’t find availability on

    • CV3V says:

      The 2-4-1 is only for BA flights. You can only book oneworld partners on BAEC I believe, but availability is poor whenever I have checked.

    • Andy says:

      I am fairly sure I’ve seen comments on here before that say it’s only for “BA metal”.

  • James67 says:

    For far eat it is not so great; cheaper tax and fees offset by extra 20k avios required each way compared to BA. Also, it is difficult to get connections to far east with the shott layover in Doha. For exsmplr, BKK and KUL usually require 8 hours unless you get lucky with availability on the ca90mon connections. For these reasons I continue to favour BA. Comments on 787 may apply yo QR J but economy passengers should be wary; this aircraft has received awful reviews on every carrier operating it. Main complaints are avod boxes under every aise and window seat, narrow seats, even where only 9 across, and seat anchor supports being where people are inclined to want to put their feet.

  • Sav says:

    Bit OT but did any other Cathay Gold card holders get an email invitation from Cathay Pacific to their Christmas champagne reception at the Ritz in London next month?

    • Rob says:

      No – they did this a couple of years ago and I did get invited, but couldn’t make it.

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