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Amazing business deals (Avios earning) from Qatar Airways – Maldives £907, Singapore £837 etc

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Qatar Airways has kicked off another amazing round of business class deals under the heading of ‘Qatar Travel Festival’.

This is a genuinely impressive package:

Very, very cheap business class fares from various European departure points

You can book for travel until 15th December 2016

Qatar Travel Festival

… all of which earn Avios and British Airways tier points

… or, if you credit to Qatar Airways, will earn triple QMiles

… and you can win a prize as well in a free draw for all bookers

You have five days left to book – these deals end on 17th January.

Full details can be found here.

The best fares will not be found from the UK

Here are a few of the more jaw dropping prices.  These deals are all for business class travel via Doha.

Oslo to Cape Town – NOK 11,895 (£914)

Oslo to Bangkok – NOK 10,045 (£772)

Oslo to Maldives – NOK 11,795 (£907)

Oslo to Melbourne / Sydney – NOK 18,395 (£1,414)

Oslo to Singapore – NOK 10,895 (£837)

Copenhagen to Bali – DKK 13,795 (£1,380)

Copenhagen to Bangkok – DKK 8,945 (£895)

Copenhagen to Dubai – DKK 8,045 (£804)

Copenhagen to Hong Kong – DKK 10,695 (£1,070)

Copenhagen to Sydney – DKK 15,495 (£1,550)

Amsterdam to Bangkok – €1,160 (£866)

Amsterdam to Cape Town – €1,380 (£1,030)

Amsterdam to Dubai – €1,110 (£828)

Amsterdam to Phuket – €1,220 (£910)

Amsterdam to Zanzibar – €1,165 (£870)

These routes would all – apart from Dubai – earn 560 tier points return (140 + 140 + 140 + 140) due to the change of plane in Doha.

As ever with Qatar, you should keep an eye on the aircraft.  The most modern seats are on the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Airbus A380 fleet.  The A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft are now all fully flat, however.  A couple may even find the older style seating on these aircraft better as there are pairs of seat together.  The newer planes have a herringbone layout where passengers faces away from each other.

My review of the 787 business class seat is here.  The 777 business seat review is here.  The food and drink is the same high quality whichever aircraft you use.

You can book your Qatar Travel Festival deals on this special site here.

Comments (169)

  • JoshBosh says:

    The Australian routes would actually earn 600TP’s as the DOH-MEL/SYD route is long enough for 160 each way.

  • Boi says:

    We were looking to book BA with two 241s @ 500 000 Avios + £3500 taxes. We can get same dates with Qatar for £6100.

  • James says:

    What’s the best method to find the cheapest dates?

  • TomTom says:

    Check out the reviews for gotogate. There seem to be lots of complaints.

    • Jonathan says:

      It’s asymmetric though, do you post positive comments when you have a good experienc? Web reviews are disproportionately complaints even if they may only make up 0.5% of the overall users.

      As an example we’ve booked a couple of times to Mauritius through Southall Travel which get terrible reviews online, but assuming you get the tickets booked correctly what else do the travel agent do? We’ve not had any issues.

      • Zoe says:

        I used them for a hotel in Sri Lanka a few years ago. They did eventually get annoyed with the number of 3V transactions I was doing to pay down the balance.
        Kenwood Travel were very helpful though once they understood I wasn’t money laundering.

        • Jason says:

          I’ve used both southall and Kenwood and had no problems. Found a better agent though price wise 🙂

      • JQ says:

        I think the problems arise when you want to make changes/cancel. These agencies are also unhelpful when there are schedule changes by the airline.

  • RobC says:

    Booked Oslo to Bkk return yesterday for £608 using gotogate. Flights have booked into I and I was able to login to qatar’s website and choose my seats. Gotogate has worked wonders for me everyone else on the FT thread about that fare. Was a good 200 + pounds cheaper than booking direct! Thai islands here I come!

    • Danksy says:

      Haha yes me too… What dates are you flying out? I’m 23rd November…

  • Mycity68 says:

    Hi, is there a benifits in joining Qmiles for this promo instead of sending my miles to BA? Sorry can’t see what miles I would earn and the redemption rates using Qmiles

    • Polly says:

      Depends on how many times you will use QR in the future. We moved away from QMiles a few years ago, as BAEC had family earning so we could all accumulate them in one account. Even when I had loads of qmiles, I still had to buy extra to upgrade my OH to J, which was v annoying as I didn’t have enough in my ac to even upgrade myself. They didn’t allow me to use mine, they charge you to gift them or you just buy them to top up. Their c s is like talking to 12 yr olds, useless, take days to reply to you. By email.
      If you are using BA more for other routes, then maybe stick with them as they def are more flexible, for the USA and RFS. With QR you are mostly going the other direction.

  • Bill says:

    Can you still earn BA tier points and avios if booked via gotogate ?

  • Clive says:

    So this year is my BIG Hawaii 50 so thought I was clever and at T355 booked EVA ex AMS. Up pops this deal so looking at the cancellation policy on my tickets and thrashing out the numbers we have cancelled and booked with Qatar.

    Used Goto Gate and are now flying Business 787-380-380-787 ex OSL. Positioning flights booked as well so now just need a hotel overnight at OSL (will hit the duty free on arrival). connections are nt fantastic. We have about 3 hours out and 6 back but will give us time to explore the lounge.

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