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:
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.
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.
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 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.