Qatar Airways has launched another one-week-only promotion on economy and business class seats from London. Some of the fares are not bad, such as Dubai from £345. Business class fares start around £1730 and you can get as far as Bangkok for that price.
You can see full details here. You need to book by June 21st and fly before March 16th 2016.
The real action, though, is taking place elsewhere in Europe.
As with previous sales, Qatar is discounting very heavily indeed from selected cities in Europe. It can’t be easy, to be honest, to fill TWO Boeing 787 aircraft from Copenhagen every day in Business Class.
With prices like these, it is tempting to cancel any outstanding Avios redemptions and rebook for cash on Qatar. You won’t be paying much more than £500 above the Avios taxes and charges figure – use your Avios points to redeem for a hotel when you get there instead!
Here are some sample prices to Bangkok in Business Class:
ex Amsterdam – €1,665 – £1,203
ex Copenhagen – DKK 10,495 – £1,017
ex Stockholm – SEK 13,195 – £1,034
ex Oslo – NOK 12,545 – £1,035
ex Frankfurt – €1,835 – £1,326
and here are some prices to Singapore in Business Class:
ex Amsterdam – €2,230 – £1,611
ex Copenhagen – DKK 13,795 – £1,337
ex Stockholm – SEK 15,095 – £1,183
ex Oslo – NOK 13,945 – £1,151
ex Frankfurt – €1,905 – £1,377
Many more destinations are available. There is a €1,205 business class fare from Brussels to Dubai for example, as well as fares from Sofia to some Chinese destinations for €1,500.
Don’t just look at the headline price. It is also important to get the right aircraft. You want to be booking onto a Boeing 787 featuring the latest impressive 1-2-1 business class seating which I reviewed here. The A380 and A350 aircraft have the same seating.
The Boeing 777 seating I reviewed here is fully lie flat but is in a more traditional configuration. The A330 and A340 aircraft have sloping business class seats so are not the best first choice.
Remember that these fares earn Avios and BA tier points. Most of the Asian routes will generate 560 tier points return (140 x 4)! Don’t forget that you need to book via the Qatar Airways website here to get these fares.
As with the UK deals, all of the above fares must be booked by June 21st for travel by March 16th 2016. Thank to Polly for the tip-off.
PS. The amazing £750 return Business Class tickets to Bangkok are still bookable! This is a Turkish Airlines service from Stockholm. You must book at the Turkish website by June 21st for travel until December 15th. Full details are in this article. Turkish is a Star Alliance member so you will be earning miles in a Star Alliance programme such as Miles & More. The airline is very well regarded these days and aims to be on a par with the Middle East ‘big three’.