Qatar Airways has launched another batch of ‘2 for 1’ business class deals from the UK. These are well priced but are only valid when two people travel together.
You need to book these before 17th May for return travel from 15th May to 10th December.
You can find some sample fares and book here although availability is often tricky to find. You may want to check out pricing from EU boarding points such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo and Frankfurt as they are running the same offer and fares are even more attractive.
The headline fares are, to be honest, higher than you would pay in a standard Qatar sale. However, once you divide them by two to get the ‘per person’ price under this 241 offer, they are very attractive.
Out of London, Bangkok at £1,650 per person looks pretty good. Perth is £2,375 each. Dubai is good value at £1,600. Cape Town at £1,800 is an excellent price if you can find it for the start of their Summer season later in the year.
Out of, say, Amsterdam, though, the deals are outstanding (yet again). Bangkok, as a random example, comes up as €2,165 in October for TWO people. That is just £780 each, business class, return.
Remember that you will also earn British Airways tier points and Avios (125% of flown miles in business) with Qatar. On longer routes you would earn 560 tier points in business class – 140 for the flight to Doha and 140 for your onward flight (if over 2,000 miles) each way. The Bangkok trip above would earn 560 tier points in British Airways Executive Club – very nearly enough for Silver status.
The best thing to do is to visit the sale page here and play around the destinations and European starting points. Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo and Frankfurt are good places to start.
Remember that you need to book for 2 people or multiples of 2 people. You won’t see these prices if you just search for a price for one person.
Do not just look at price. Remember that the Boeing 787 (reviewed here), A380 and A350 services have the latest business class seat. The Boeing 777 (reviewed here) has an older but still fully flat seat. The A330 and A340 services have sloping business class seats. You should also consider the flight times, given that you will need to book a connecting flight to and from the UK and may want to avoid paying for hotels.
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:
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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.