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Bits: Qatar adds 2nd Heathrow A380, 1200 Avios with an Amazon Fire Stick

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News in brief:

Qatar Airways adds 2nd Heathrow A380

Qatar Airways announced yesterday that it is adding a second A380 aircraft out of Heathrow to Doha from July 1st.

The even better news is that this is replacing an A330 service which features Qatar’s oldest, sloping, business class product.  The service will depart Heathrow at 21.30, arriving at 06.10 in Doha.  The return will depart Doha at 12.35, landing at 17.55.

Unlike the new Boeing 787 fleet, the A380 aircraft do include a First Class cabin of eight seats (picture below).

As a British Airways partner, you earn Avios and tier points when you fly Qatar and can redeem your Avios points for their flights.

Qatar A380 First Class

500 Clubcard points with the Amazon Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is the Amazon equivalent of Google Chromecast – a small dongle that you plug into a HDMI socket on your TV and use for wireless streaming from your mobile phone or tablet.  If you subscribe to Amazon Instant Video you can stream with the Fire TV Stick without requiring any additional device.

What it can and cannot do depends on what phone or tablet you already own.  I recommend taking a look at the Tesco site for details.

If you order before May 13th, you will receive 500 bonus Clubcard points.  These will convert into 1,200 Avios points or 1,250 Virgin Flying Club miles.  You can order via Tesco Direct here.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (34)

  • Andrew says:

    I’m booked on to the DOH-LHR flight in F on July 2nd. I’m now very pleased at the prospect of it being an A380.

  • amex? says:

    Looks like the £250 Hong Kong return flights are popular http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/300-virgin-atlantic-return-from-heathrow-hong-kong-zuji-2190872

    scroll down to see the cheap ones, Dreamliner

  • CV says:

    OT – but I managed to get 2 flights in March 2016 to KUL using BA241. This was great for me as there had no availability up till now, but managed to get the only 2 flights available – with about 2 weeks between the out and in flight. I assume this is due to someone cancelling their booking and booking with Qatar and the bargain business class fares last week. So thanks to whoever that was!

  • ComeFlyWithMe123 says:

    OT – I am looking to pay off my Santander loan early and when calling for a settlement figure, the agent said I could pay with a credit card. Happy days I am thinking!! Does anyone know if my card provider will deem this as a cash advance and therefore charge me for doing this (I could use AMEX, IHG or Hilton Barclaycard etc)

    Thanks in Advance.

    • Alan says:

      Going back a few years, but it just got charged as a purchase when I paid off my student loan on my credit card.

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