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More £1,000 Qatar Airways business class fares to Asia (and Turkish £750 to Bangkok still bookable)

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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.

Qatar 787 350 business class

As with previous sales, Qatar Airways 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

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.

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’.

Comments (70)

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  • Idrive says:

    Good Morning All! Mmm do i need to get into action now? I need to travel in January but i reckon there will be more from now till autumn?It seems like tonight i am going to be busy!

  • Phillip says:

    One thing I have struggled to find, is information on which A330-200s carry the upgraded business class with flat beds. Other than the fact that they operate to Barcelona, Osaka, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket, even QR’s own seat maps still show only 165 degree recline. Nothing on qatarsource either, yet I know 7 of them have been refurbished!

  • Macca says:

    You say to check the aircraft you’ll be flying on but how do you do this? Is it just a case of getting the flight number and putting it into a flight checker for the aircraft type?

    I booked reward tickets to Larnaca recently thinking they were full business class seats on BA after checking the flight number on Seat Guru, but it turns out the plane is a short haul variation of their long haul aircraft.

    Perhaps a post showing us tips for checking this sort of thing would be good when news is slow one day? Like you did with the ITA Matrix.

    • Phillip says:

      With BA, when you book a flight, during the booking process, you can click on the flight number to retrieve the aircraft type. Where an aircraft is used for both short and longhaul operations, with few exceptions, if you are booking Club Europe (which is what Larnaca is) it’s a shorthaul configuration, if you’re booking Club World it’s a longhaul configuration (if all goes to plan and BA doesn’t make a last minute substitution).

      FT Dashboard is a good source of historic information that can further clarify what you are likely to get.

      With Qatar, you aircraft type is clearly shown during the booking process. For 787s, 777s, A350s and A380s, it is fairly straight forward as they have a uniform product within the type group (787s, 350s and A380s have a fairly uniform business class product altogether). The A330s and A320s however are a mixed bag.

  • Andy Venables says:

    The article says that you will earn Avios and BA tier points with these flights but when i enter the details on the Avios flight calculator it says zero for both.

    http://www.britishairways.com/travel/flight-calculator/public/en_gb

    Am i missing something?

    • bob says:

      Don’t forget that you need to book via the Qatar Airways website here to get these fares.

    • Clive says:

      Andy you will need to put in separate sectors ie LHR to DOH and then DOH to say BKK. It will then show the data

    • Danny says:

      You need to enter each sector/flight separately.

    • Nick W says:

      Andy V – On the BA flight checker, for One World flights with no BA codeshare you need to enter each sector separately eg LHR to DOH and then DOH to BKK. It will then show how many tier points and Avios you ill earn.

  • neil says:

    Malaysian also have a business promo fare from Amsterdam to Bankgkok via KUL for 1051 pounds. Its valid over the christmas and new year period as well, unlike the Turkish and Qatar fares..

    • CV3V says:

      Just to advise (having done this trip) that it uses an old 777 with angled lie flat seat, not a great experience when you want some sleep.

      MAS often have some really good business class deals for trips that start/end in BKK, you can then build in stopover in KUL before continuing onwards (ie. multi city). Priced up a very cheap business class flight BKK – KUL – HKG in the past.

      • Polly says:

        We experienced the same, not great on a 12/13 hr flight, not flat beds. And I don’t think they plan on upgrading them either, unless someone knows more on that. Def would chose QR every time over MAS, even if I don’t agree with their employment ethics as reported in the times today!

        • James67 says:

          They have announced retofit of remaining longhaul fleet with full flat as part of restructuring. Also reported they are going to offer competitive prices for just the seat in both J and F, with baggage, miles etc being add ons. That could work for me if price is right.

  • James67 says:

    Not quite as good as we have seen from Qatar, probably because we are moving into summer high season. Those booking far out might be better hedging their bets on an autumn winter sale.in hope of more £800ish sales.

  • RDB says:

    Do Qatar offer any transit deals in DOH over 8 hours Buss class ?

    • adam says:

      They do offer a free transit hotel but the T&Cs are quite restrictive. If I remember rightly it basically comes down to whether the route you have taken has flights that could have had a less than 8 hour layover.

      for arguments sake, you fly London to Doha and land at 12.30 and then fly on to BKK at 21.30. You would only get the free room if there was no other combination of flights between London and Bangkok that had less than 8 hours. essentially, if they operate flights (irrespective of whether they were seats available) that could have done it in less time then your out of luck.

      hope that makes sense…..

      • mark says:

        You are correct, but it’s also down to the booking class code as well – not too bad as you can get a free tour of Doha to kill time..

        I personally pay the £16 visa and go and explore the city, done it a few times… quad biking next time 🙂

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