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Amazing Qatar Airways £750+ business class flights to Middle East, Asia, Maldives, Australia

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Qatar Airways is back with some more great business class fares out of Europe (and Scotland).

These deals represent exceptional value for business class travel, especially as Qatar Airways has an excellent reputation for the quality of its seats, food and service.

£775 to the Middle East is certainly good although admittedly diverting via Europe is hassle for a short route.  The upside is that, as your Doha to  Dubai / Abu Dhabi / Bahrain connection books into First, you should be able to access the new Qatar First Class lounge on the outbound.

Qatar 787 350 business class

£860 to Bangkok or Singapore is fantastic value, as is £816 to the Maldives over peak season.  £1,500 to Australia is laughably good value. 

Remember that Qatar Airways flights earn Avios and British Airways tier points if you add your BA Executive Club number.  Most of the Asian routes below will generate 560 tier points return (140 x 4).  The Middle Eastern routes, assuming you connect to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, would earn (140 + 60 x 2) 400 tier points return as the ‘domestic’ sectors book into First Class.

As with recent sales, Qatar is discounting heavily from selected cities in Europe.

The best deals appear to be out of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm at the moment.   This is not surprising – Qatar has to fill TWO Boeing 787 aircraft from Copenhagen almost every day in Business Class.  Scandinavian cities are competing against the cheap long-haul pricing offered by Norwegian.no.  Amsterdam is also a small country with big planes to fill.

If you have a particular route in mind, you should also try out other starting points.  Brussels has had some good deals in the past, for example.

Here are the fare rules for the current offers:

Book by November 6th

Travel between January 15th and June 30th 2016

Minimum stay 7 days, maximum stay 1 month

Here are some sample prices – remember that these tickets start in Amsterdam (full list here):

Bangkok – €1,310 (£935)

Ho Chi Minh City – €1,875 (£1,339)

Hong Kong – €1,680 (£1,200)

Kuala Lumpur – €1,865 (£1,335)

Perth – €2,390 (£1,707)

Phuket – €1,490 (£1,064)

Singapore – €2,155 (£1,539)

Tokyo – €1,875 (£1,339)

Here are some prices from Copenhagen taken from this list:

Abu Dhabi – DKK 9,995 (£957)

Bahrain – DKK 8,745  (£837)

Bangkok – DKK 10,445 (£1,000)

Colombo – DKK 14,045  (£1,345)

Delhi – DKK 8,845 (£847)

Dubai – DKK 8,095 (£775)

Hong Kong – DKK 11,145  (£1,067)

Kuala Lumpur – DKK 14,045 (£1,345)

Maldives – DKK 14,045 (£1,345)

Melbourne – DKK 16,545 (£1,584)

Perth – DKK 16,495 (£1,579)

Phuket – DKK 12,145 (£1,163)

Singapore – DKK 11,845 (£1,134)

Here are some prices from Stockholm taken from this list:

Bangkok – SEK 11,295 (£858)

Delhi – SEK 12,295 (£934)

Dubai – SEK 10,695 (£812)

Hong Kong – SEK 10,395 (£790)

Kuala Lumpur – SEK 16,395 (£1,246)

Melbourne – SEK 20,445 (£1,553)

Perth – SEK 20,395 (£1,550)

Phuket – SEK 12,745 (£968)

Singapore – SEK 12,195 (£926)

Tokyo – SEK 16,795  (£1,276)

Here are some prices from Oslo taken from this list:

Abu Dhabi – NOK 12,645 (£965)

Bangkok – NOK 11,945 (£912)

Delhi – NOK 9,845 (£751)

Dubai – NOK 10,795 (£824)

Kuala Lumpur – NOK 14,845 (£1,133)

Maldives – NOK 10,695 (£816)

Melbourne – NOK 19,795  (£1,511)

Perth – NOK 19,795 (£1,511)

Singapore – NOK 11,345 (£866)

Qatar Airways A350 Doha

Finally, there are a couple of deals from Edinburgh.  Dubai is £1,150 if you fly to the new airport or £1,250 to the main airport.  Other routes are around £1,800+.  Weirdly, Manchester to Dubai is £1,860 so you save £610 by heading to Edinburgh first!

When booking with Qatar Airways, it is important to NOT 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 aircraft have recently been converted into flat seats although I am not sure that they are like.  The final A340 aircraft are due to be fully flat by February according to the comments below.

The good news is that Copenhagen, Oslo, Amsterdam and Stockholm are usually operated by Boeing 787 aircraft so you should get the newest business class product.

Apart from Oslo, which is further and uglier (!), all of these departure points are easy to reach from the UK and a pleasant place to stay for the night if a stopover is required.  I would have a serious look at these deals for your long-haul travel plans over the next six months.  Have a play around at qatarairways.com and see what you can find.

You should also do the maths and consider whether it is worth cancelling any Avios redemptions in order to rebook on a Qatar cash ticket.

The list of Copenhagen deals is here, the list of Stockholm deals is here, the Amsterdam deals are here and the Oslo deals are here.  Other destinations apart from those listed may well be available at sale prices if you search.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (165)

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  • Polly says:

    Can totally recommend the 787 out of .CPH, and don’t worry about the over 8 hr transfer, hotels are 5 star and you get limo to and from airport fast tracked etc..great lounge and food etc. If anyone is thinking about cancelling a 241 F on BA, go for it! Got us an extra trip to HKT from CPH that way on QR. Will now use our 241 on BA F to SEA in march.

    • Simmo says:

      Is a hotel included on the transfers over 8 hours?
      The wording on the website put me off saying down to their discression.

      Seems most Europe- Phuket has either a 1h transfer over over 8h!

      Really liked the idea of using the airport hotel and using the lounge for dinner/drinks, but prices seem steep for the overnight.

      • Jason says:

        It’s about a £100, overnight, if the hotel isn’t included.its very convenient. Seriously thinking of changing a LHR doh, avios booking, on the a380 in J at the old rate and going to the Maldives, only problem is I’ve paid a deposit on the hotel in Dubai 🙁

      • Rob says:

        They have tightened up on the rules for getting stopovers for free – not sure what they are but it makes it tricky for most to qualify.

      • Adam says:

        The hotel situation is a little complicated. Basically you only get it included if there is no possible way that you could fly between the two cities (connecting through doh) without an over 8 hour layover. For example. (Please note I use the below times as an example and I know they are not correct)

        Flights from cph to doh

        Dep12.00 – arr 19.00
        Dep16.00 – arr 23.00

        Doh – hkt

        Dep- 06.00 – arr 14.00

        You won’t get the hotel even if you take the earlier cph-doh flight (even though there’s a 9h layover) as they sell a flight that means you could have had a sub 8hour layover. This is the still the case if the early flight was sold out.

        Essentially it means that if your start or end point is London, you would never get a hotel on any route as there would always be a flight at some point within 8 hours of landing in doh.

        Hope this makes sense.

        • Adam says:

          * damn maths. 11 hour layover, not 9.

        • Simmo says:

          Thanks Adam! – Very helpful.

          So basically you are looking for a starting point with only one departure a day, and when the onward flight is 8+ hours.

        • pointscollector says:

          Just been playing around on the qatar website to combine one of these promo J fares with a free hotel night & limo transfer in DOH, but couldn’t find any. Has anyone else had more luck? (I’m interested in flights to the far east, ideally BKK).

    • Dannyrado says:

      You get a limo on QR??

      • Rob says:

        No

        • Pierre says:

          you only get a limo transfer between hotel and airport in the case of the free stopover.
          last time I used it it was an S350 I think

          • jovana says:

            No limo for us on our free stopover. It was a minibus (think executive minibus).

  • Will says:

    The issue with Amsterdam isn’t that it’s a “small country” it’s that the majority of passengers who use it are sky team members.

    As such the agressive fares are to lure people away from sky team and onto one world. The size of the country has very little to do with the fares especially as most people connect onto flights at AMS.

    • JQ says:

      Yes the fares would lure people away from direct flights on Skyteam to connections in DOH, but these prices are for traffic originating in Amsterdam, not traffic connecting there. Nobody except FT/HFPers would normally connect to a QR flight in AMS, but with these fares it makes sense to go there from the UK. QR flies to BRU, LUX and FRA, so unless there is a major price difference it doesn’t make sense for residents of that area of Europe to specifically choose AMS

    • Andrew says:

      I’m not sure Amsterdam is a country at all!

  • Simmo says:

    Great prices. Shane I need flights for Aug16.

    Going to cross my fingers for a companion business class sale again!

  • James says:

    How many Avios would one receive flying ARN-HKG-ARN please? Thanks in advance.

    • Rob says:

      There is a link to the Avios Calculator in the right hand HFP margin under ‘Key BA Links’. You must search ARN-DOH and DOH-HKG separately.

    • bsuije says:

      James,

      You can use the calculator here to work that out – http://www.britishairways.com/travel/flight-calculator/public/en_gb .

      You will need to put in each leg separately and then add up the avios & tier points, e.g. ARN-DOH and then DOH-HKG (and back again). Make sure you select the right travel class & the correct tier (I’ve always taken that to be your BA status).

  • james says:

    As the middle eastern flights are marketed as first you actually get 60tp for them, so 140 + 60 x 2 = 400 total.

    • Rob says:

      I was wondering about that last night – I was going to ask if anyone knew.

      • James says:

        You know you have become a proper collector when you can help Raffles out with something 🙂

    • idrive says:

      Ba Avios calc says 140+140×2 for COP-DOH-HKG, am I missing anything?

      • Brian says:

        I assume you won’t be going to Hong Kong to live there and never come back… :))

    • Macca says:

      I’m confused. If I use the BA calculator to check CPH-DOH in First it is saying 210TP’s. You say they’re “marketed” as First but you state 140TP’s (Business class level). What am I missing?

      • james says:

        CPH – DOH is business (140tp), DOH – XXX (middle east) is first (60tp).

        Think of the QR middle east flights as you would AA domestic flights, it’s the same principle.

        • idrive says:

          ok fine, I am checking HKG-SIN-KUL not Middle East.
          sorry about the confusion

        • Macca says:

          Oh I see, just the flights within ME are First. I assumed you meant flights TO the ME (which Doha is in) were first.

          Thanks for clearing that up!

  • Brian says:

    The cancellations for fog yesterday highlight the danger of getting an ex-EU flight with positioning flights from the UK on the same day.

    • Sebastian says:

      I know some people do it, but I’ve always thought same day connections are insane, as like yesterday proves, one unforeseen inconvienace and your holiday goes up in smoke. Now I do ex-EU but I always go the day before.

      • Brian says:

        Indeed – yes, it costs more, but the ex-EU cities (Copenhagen, Dublin, Amsterdam…) are all well worth visiting in their own right, so it’s much better just to view it as a mini city break.

  • aliks says:

    Great timing for this QR sale since I was looking out for a good deal to Oman next Easter.
    Before the sale, AMS-DOH-MCT was the best I class offer at around £1350, now I have bagged 2 seats at £955.

    And one last question – for many trips connecting in DOH, you have to land or takeoff in the middle of night. We have a choice of onward flight to MCT taking off at either 03:45am or 7:45. I opted for the 7:45 – are we likely to be able to get some sleep in the quiet section of the lounge? The reserved area sounds OK but has anybody got direct experience?

    • aliks says:

      2 seats at £955 from Paris to MCT that is

      • matt says:

        2 seats at £995 each I presume?

        • aliks says:

          Yes 2 seats at £955 each.
          Interestingly enough, I was checking on ITAMatrix quite a bit last night and the quotes for these flights were hopping around a small anount. £937 at one point, £1036 a little bit later.

          Its standing at £952 at the moment.

    • Fadi says:

      There is no where good to sleep in the lounge at DOH.

      • Polly says:

        Fadi, why don’t you book a long connection, then you get to be in a top hotel, and limo back and forth to hotel, pure bliss. We ended up on a 10 hr layover by accident on our way home from HKT for a funeral, sadly, and it was such a good service. I know James 67 we have this notion to get to your destination ASAP, but this was a fab experience, that worked out ok. We only had a short layover on the way out tho. So I say don’t worry about a long layover. You will still age a great experience flying J on QR. It’s a win win.. We too have now run out of annual leave for 2016! So busy cancelling and re booking.. Too exciting for words, this is!!!

        • JQ says:

          You only get a hotel if your connection is the shortest possible and is still over 8 hours.

  • Me says:

    Please can someone remind me of the current penalties for cancelling BAEC redemptions?

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