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News in brief:

Last change to book Qatar Airways at an amazing price

Today is your last full day to take advantage of the Qatar Travel Festivalthe deals end at 9pm UK time on Sunday.  Some of the business class prices are simply astounding – Oslo to Bangkok for £772, Oslo to Cape Town for £914, Copenhagen to Sydney for £1550 etc.

All Qatar Airways flights earn British Airways Avios and tier points.   You can book until 16th December at these prices so you have no excuse.

The home page for the Qatar Travel Festival is here.   My full article from earlier in the week is here.

Qatar A350

British Airways cancels Gatwick services for Winter 2016

British Airways announced a raft of cancellations for next Winter yesterday.  They will not have told customers yet so check if you are impacted.  If you call BA now you will have a better chance of getting first choice of alternative flights.

Tampa – reduced to six flights per week with the Wednesday flight cancelled

Barbados – reduced to 11 flights per week with one Monday and one Wednesday flight cancelled during December, January and February

Kingston – reduced to three flights per week with the Saturday flight cancelled during December, January and February

Orlando – reduced to seven flights per week with one Monday, Wednesday and Saturday flight cancelled in November and March

Remember that using the My Flights app would have alerted you to these changes to your flight automatically.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

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

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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 10,500 Avios.

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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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

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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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (60)

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  • Clive says:

    There is OSL BKK on QR Y pricing at £260. In J it priced for me at £580 so snapped it up

  • Brian says:

    OT – sorry, but hopefully somebody can advise: I’m flying CW from Bangkok and have Silver status. Am I allowed to use any OneWorld lounge (except First ones) and if so, which one do people recommend? It’s a late morning flight. Thanks a lot in advance.

    • Rob says:

      Yes – although not sure what the options are

    • Andy says:

      BA has their own lounge in BKK, other oneworld options are JAL lounge and CX Lounge which I love, newly renovated and deco is akin to The Pier in HKG

      • Lady London says:

        Where there’s a CX Lounge I generally assume it will be the Oneworld lounge that is superior to all others. For *A I rate SQ lounges similar. Not always reliable, but has been a good rule of thumb for me when I’ve really not had any info beforehand about lounges that are available at a particular location.

        CX is good for noodles and a short order cooked to order, if you specifically want a Continental breakfast I don’t recall them being much stronger than anyone else. Naturally their forte is Asian catering.

    • Brian says:

      Thanks all.

  • Brian says:

    Thanks – I suppose if I have time, I can just do a bit of lounge-hopping, rather like you did at Terminal 3 recently. I guess I just want one that has a decent continental-style breakfast and isn’t too crowded.

  • Gordon says:

    Article in todays Times about Qatar threatening to split the one world alliance, or leave it, due to attempts by American airlines to prevent it expanding its US route network.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, onto this. I was going to run it today actually – it stems from a Bloomberg article on Tuesday – but I am in two minds as it is the sort of tittle tattle I try to avoid 🙂

      • Lady London says:

        I saw it on Bloomberg and thought
        (1) do we need to hear about this [No] and
        (2) if QR do leave Oneworld as a way of signalling their annoyance, then as I think they own part of IAG I guess BA might stick with them. Meaningless sabre-rattling.

        The wider theme of the major alliances potentially being weakened by growing mini-alliances such as is being built by Etihad, and other non-cooperative intra-alliance behaviour such as LH and SQ allowing only their own First Class passengers to access a lounge which normally should be accessible by top tier members of other airlines within the same alliance, etc., another example being QF’s hot new lounge in LAX apparently operating a policy of denying entry to OneWorld top tier members who were not QF members etc…) might one day be more interesting -but can we be bothered?

  • Jens says:

    I’m trying to find some business flights going from anywhere in Europe to Africa at these prices around august. Are they all gone?

    • Rob says:

      There are minimum stay requirements for some destinations, up to 7 days. That could be why – see the terms and conditions.

    • Lady London says:

      I did see some from Portugal or Spain 2 days ago

  • Fadi says:

    I’m on a mobile with a seriously smashed screen. Can anyone tell me what the cancellation policy is like? One word answers fine!

  • Tilly71 says:

    Needs some advise, is LON – BGI a really popular route for F or CW redemptions, the earliest date in 2016 I can find is September, do you need to be booking 355 days before?

    • Rob says:

      Sounds a bit odd, Barbados is dead in the UK Summer – long way to fly for 27 degrees (although I do recommend it then as the hotels are cheap).

      • Tilly71 says:

        That’s probably why there is availability as that’s was the earliest month in 2016 I could find any decent redemptions on avios.

  • AndyR says:

    I was wondering if anyone who booked a QR sale fare with could tell me if it is says it’s possible to cancel their booking for a fee under manage my booking on Qatar? I believe it should be around $300USD?

    • Lady London says:

      be careful I think £200 / $300 is the CHANGE fee (and might attract a difference in fare charge as well if the class you are booked into is no longer available at the time you need to change for the date you need to change to). I think all but one of the QR sales have been non-refundable, only changeable as above.

      For each ticket you should check the fare rules carefully as they can change according to all sorts of factors.

      • AndyR says:

        Hi Lady London, on the Qatar website it shows $300USD for cancellation, but I am just not sure if it applies if you purchase via an OTA. and the like don’t show the fare rules when you book which is annoying. Was hoping someone who has booked could let me know once they can see fare rules via manage my booking.

        • Lady London says:

          Lucky you then if that applies to your ticket. That would make 2 of the recent Qatar sales providing refundable tickets. Bit frustrating for me as I booked on the one where tickets were not refundable!

          You could take the general publicity for the sale made by QR as a guideline and I’m guessing you ought to be OK. However you are right that OTA’s tend to add their own charges and conditions (and sometimes get the fare rules wrong for a ticket they sell).

          If you can get the fare code off any documentation you have been given, or on the various online systems showing your ticket (myflights as covered on HfP recently is showing fare codes on my ticket) and then track the fare code back to find its fare conditions you will get the definitive answer that applies to your exact ticket.

    • Tobi says:

      Hi! I’ve booked via gotogate QR economy flights. On both trips I bought, I can’t change nor cancel the trip in the “Qatar Airways – Manage my Booking” tab. Being it Economy tickets, I’m not 100% sure it applies to C class booked via Gotogate. Hope this helps!

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