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Qatar launches Amsterdam to Doha – and why it is not the best Avios redemption

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Qatar Airways is continuing its expansion in Europe with the launch of services from Amsterdam on 16th June.

Flights will operate daily and will use a new Boeing 787 which features Qatar’s latest business class seating (photo below).  This is an impressive 1-2-1 fully-flat arrangement which I reviewed last year.

As Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance, alongside British Airways, you can use your Avios points to book this flight.  Flights are already loaded at ba.com.

Qatar 787 business class seat

The good news ….  is that taxes are low compared to flying Qatar Airways from Heathrow.  A one-way redemption in Business Class from Amsterdam to Doha is 40,000 Avios + £119 in taxes and charges.  The same flight from Heathrow would cost 40,000 Avios + £274.  You might find it worthwhile getting a cheap one-way flight to Amsterdam to save £155 per person.

The bad news …. well, it isn’t really bad news.

However, if you are willing to start your Qatar Airways redemption flight in Europe, Amsterdam is NOT the best place to start.   Frankfurt is a better option.

Why?  Well, Frankfurt is – just – under 3,000 miles from Doha.  This means that it falls into the cheaper Avios redemption bracket.

Instead of 40,000 Avios points each way in Business Class, Frankfurt to Doha is just 25,000 Avios each way.  (Economy is a laughable 12,500 Avios each way.)  Frankfurt is also a Boeing 787 route.  The tax on a one-way from Frankfurt to Doha in Business Class is £160.

Other options to Doha in the 25,000 Avios one-way Business Class band include Zurich (£163 tax), Berlin (£144 tax) and Vienna (£135 tax).  Paris falls into the 40,000 Avios band.  The standard Qatar policy is to release four seats in Business Class per flight.

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Comments (35)

  • Gordon says:

    Any news on Qatar introducing a Dublin route? I think they had meetings and talks in Ireland about a year ago.

  • Steve says:

    Don’t forget (as mentioned previously on this website), Air Berlin…I believe they have a service to AUH (and DOH?). TXL-AUH I think comes in at the 25k OW J redemption. And the added bonus that the taxes are very very low (sub 50GBP from memory)? I am sure someone will come along and either correct or confirm this with perhaps more detail and less “vague news” to it!

    • Rob says:

      No, you are totally correct. Berlin to Abu Dhabi on AB is 50,000 Avios plus £75ish in business. Doesn’t work from Dusseldorf as it takes you over 3,000 miles.

      There are also Stuttgart to Abu Dhabi and Vienna to Abu Dhabi services now but AB is running those with short-haul aircraft, so worth avoiding even at 50,000 Avios return.

    • Adam says:

      Correct – I’m doing LHR-TXL-AUH//DXB-LHR over Easter. LHR-TXL is £17.50 + 4,500 (Y). TXL-AUH is £23 + 25,000 (J), DXB-LHR is £185 + 40,000 (J). All in £225 + 69,500 return in J. The Indigo in Berlin is great value at 20k IHG – we’ll be staying a couple of nights. Just need to find a good value redemption for hotels in Dubai – unfortunately the new IC doesn’t open until after we’ve been.

  • Sav says:

    Bit OT but are Qatar still allowing Oneworld Sapphires travelling in economy to access the Al Mourjan lounge in Doha? Heard they were allowing status oneworld passengers access in December.