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New Qatar Business Class sale – deals from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, London

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Qatar Airways is currently running a sale from the UK.  This includes, as of a few weeks ago, Birmingham.

There are some decent economy deals available (Dubai from £315 for example) but I want to focus on the business class offers here.

These deals need to be booked by Monday evening (a handful of destinations close tonight).  You must travel by the end of May or July, depending on route, for the business class deals.  The economy deals generally run until the end of the year.

Full details can be found on the offers page of the Qatar website.

Here are a few I found interesting:

Qatar A350

Birmingham to ….

  • Adelaide £2,240
  • Amritsar £1,040
  • Bali £1,950
  • Hong Kong £1,675
  • Perth £2,305

Edinburgh to ….

  • Abu Dhabi / Dubai £1,030 – an excellent deal
  • Bali £1,575 – much cheaper than Birmingham
  • Bangkok £1,285
  • Cape Town £1,535
  • Johannesburg £1,335
  • Maldives £1,280 – another great deal

London to …..

  • Abu Dhabi / Dubai £1,400
  • Cape Town £1,990
  • Melbourne £2,780
  • Perth £2,175
  • Sydney £2,260

Manchester to …..

  • Bangkok £1,625
  • Phuket £1,870

Before you book, I should warn you about one BIG potential snag.

Qatar Airways flights earn British Airways Avios and tier points.  One of the Asia routes above would get you 560 tier points (4 flights x 140 each) which is 90% of a BA Executive Club Silver card.  It is a great opportunity.

Last month, Qatar brought in a new ticket ‘class’ for cheap business class seats, ‘R’.  I would expect these flights to book into ‘R’ class.

British Airways has been slow to update its partner list.  If you click here you will see that ‘R’ class tickets will only earn Avios and tier points if BOOKED after 1st May.

I am not 100% convinced by this – I get a feeling that it will actually apply to anything FLOWN after 1st May.  However, the rule as it is written on ba.com is that you would need to BOOK after 1st May and, of course, that isn’t possible as this sale ends tomorrow.

If you book one of these deals, you are taking a risk that you will get nothing in British Airways Executive Club.  The best you could do is credit the flights to Qatar Privilege Club but you would be nowhere near earning equivalent status.

Qatar 787 350 business class

The other thing to check with Qatar is which aircraft you will be getting.  It is shown clearly during the booking process.  The new – and fantastic – business class seating shown above is on the A380 (London only, some flights only), Boeing 787 and A350 aircraft.  Try to prioritise flights with those aircraft.  The excellent food, drink and IFE will be the same irrespective of plane type.

Full details of the offers can be found on this page of the Qatar website.  A few routes end tonight but most are bookable until Monday.

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Comments (31)

  • Sam wardill says:

    The times iPad edition yesterday ran an ad showing two for one flights in business with Qatar. Sydney £3090 for 2pax in business. It was not available tho

  • Topp2015 says:

    Bangkok is £1117 from Amsterdam on BA. Return leg routes you via gatwick the next day so no baggage issue

  • Calum Black says:

    Just checked with BA and was told that the rules apply from the date of booking, not the date of travel. So unfortunately this deal wouldn’t work. Still a cheap business class flight though!

    • Rob says:

      Not 100% sure they would know when you booked a Qatar flight to be honest but I agree it is too risky for a pure TP run.