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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 (August 2022)

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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:

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

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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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.

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Comments (166)

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  • Richard says:

    I’m not surprised they have to try hard to fill the business class cabin from Scandinavia. The companies here ( I live in Finland) are notorious for economy class for all travel policies. The head of Ikea has even said how he flies economy everywhere.
    Thai even have “premium economy” on nordic routes to BKK ,but it’s actually their business class cabin sold as “premium economy” because most companies will not entertain the purchase of “business class” tickets.

    • James67 says:

      Interesting to hear they are still doing that. They used to sell old First as business on those routes too I believe. I really liked TG old First, remains most comfortableflat bed I ever slep on in a plane but people would laugh at it now.

  • Daz says:

    So, I’ve just cancelled my little jolly to TLV in BA First next year as I had to use my companion voucher by Sep 16; I’ve booked 3 Business class FRA – SIN for the end of Mar coming back Apr 16.
    Costing:
    £3000 – 2 adults 1 child FRA-SIN return.
    £150, 33500 avios + 1 companion voucher – 2 adults 1 child LHR – FRA return.

    Nice little Easter holiday bargain to the far east; the Raffles hotel has decent prices over the period, so happy days, here I come.

  • Blah says:

    CDG-AUH – £860
    BRU-DXB – £690
    CDG-NRT £1000

    There are some decent prices without going to OSL hahaha.

    • Richmond says:

      I’m not sure why I bothered with BA GUF Voucher if I can fly cheaply CDG-NRT.

    • Rob says:

      Wow – didn’t look at Paris, I admit. £1k to Narita is not bad, clearly competing with the Air France £1,050 fare.

      • Ronster says:

        Hi Rob

        This CDG-HND DEAL does look amazing on QR.

        May I ask where you are seeing the £1,050 rate that AF (J)is offering and do you now the conditions for booking?

        Thanks

        Ronster

        • Rob says:

          I think that deal is over. Search for ‘osaka’ in the HFP seach box.

          • Ronster says:

            Hi Rob

            Thanks for clarifying.

            I was aware of the Osaka rates.

            However I could not fly out, before the end of Febuary.

            Thats when you would have had to have flown out by, on the deal
            conditions.

            Ronster

  • Ceri says:

    Amazing fares…shame we have to travel out to Vietnam around Christmas and back on 16th January. Anyone know if any decent offers to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh or the like?

    • James67 says:

      Perhaps worth waiting, BA may repeat their great exUK deals of last year, however. IIRC they did notallow travel until after Christmas.

      • CV3V says:

        I am quietly waiting to see if BA does a repeat of the 2015 sale, an ex UK sale is what I require to cancel current redemption. As you mentioned in another post, when flying to Asia, I value getting a decent sleep on an overnight flight (food, drink, sleep, breakfast!). Arriving into a ME terminal (shopping mall) in the middle of the night no longer appeals.

        • James67 says:

          On my flight from KL last month i was asleep 30 minutes after takeoff, woke up 3h5m out of LHR, watched a documentary, had a light breakfast and stepped off the plane. Way to go 🙂 On my way back in a couple of weeks hopefully it’ll be dinner, movie, sleep, arrival.

  • Andy Green says:

    right now I am wishing I had a crystal ball….. Are BA going to have a similar offer to their 2 for £2014 Business Class Deal over Christmas and the New Year? This was released 28th November last year…

    • nick says:

      Even if they do, I’d rather go ex-EU with QR. It’s better (IMHO) than BA First.

  • James67 says:

    Note to Brian: AY, RJ and BA have all been sub £1100 exUK to BKK in J. Possibly QR in a 241, I don’t recall. EY was very close, about £1200, from EDI this summer with the 30% off breaking deals on a Tuesday or Wednesday. China Airways via AMS with inclusive KLM connections from the regions is often about £1250 but I think their J product is very old unless it has been recently updated.

  • pointsarb says:

    [Raffles edit – it was on the HFP Twitter feed but the available spots I was given have gone. I am there. I agreed not to exceed a certain number.]

  • pointsarb says:

    Ok no probs Rob, hope to see you there!

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