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New Qatar Airways 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.

Qatar A350

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

Here are a few I found interesting:

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 Airways website.  A few routes end tonight but most are bookable until Monday.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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

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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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways BA Amex American Express 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.

American Express Amex Gold

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 10,000 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.

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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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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 (31)

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  • 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.

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