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Heads up – excellent UK Qatar Airways business class sale launched (Perth £1425, Dubai £880)

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Qatar Airways has just launched a new ex-UK sale.  This features some fantastic prices given that you are departing from the UK and not somewhere else in Europe.

The headline fare is Birmingham to Perth for £1,250 return in Business Class.  This would be an astonishing fare – except that I couldn’t find one.  There IS plenty at £1,425 return though.

There is LOADS of availability for Edinburgh to Dubai at £880 return.

The full list of deals is here.  You must book by Monday but can travel up to 31st March 2017.

Qatar A350

I will write more tomorrow.

But …..

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

Qatar Airways flights earn British Airways Avios and tier points.  A trip to Asia 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 on Monday.

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.

Of course, for these prices, you probably shouldn’t care.


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Comments (31)

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  • Nick says:

    Cheers rob Birmingham to Phuket in business £980 is a bargain!

    • Worzel says:

      Nice “Heads Up” Rob -thank you. Can’t take advantage but seems that Nick has done well and hopefully others.

  • tony says:

    Just a reminder that the ex-BHX/MAN sale by *A and DL/VS runs out tonight as well. Under £1200 to the West Coast with great availability through to the end of next March. Even cheaper to Florida (not MCO).

  • David says:

    “I would expect these flights to book into ‘R’ class.”

    – They do indeed book into R class, as shown on a dummy booking.

  • James says:

    Haha Literally posted today on another topic about waiting for this!

    I think those prices out of the UK, Its worth the points risk.
    But it would be very unfair of BA not to credit them for example in March 2017 almost a YEAR after acknowledging the fair class.

  • Michael says:

    Yes, this sale is a risk for those collecting Avios and BA Executive Club Tier Points.
    But it is a non-starter for fellow Oneworld AAdvantage members. R doesn’t appear anywhere on the AAdvantage charts now, or in the future.
    This is a bad omen for QR future sales if they fall into R class for AAdvantage members.
    Does this signal strains in the QR/AA relationship due to AA’s position on Middle East carriers?

  • Will says:

    Ref tier points BA actually state: “Almost all flights award Tier Points. The only exceptions are reward flights, agency and industry discounted fares and flights with an airline that is not part of oneworld”

    Does a Qatar sale fare technically fall into any of those conditions?

    • Will says:

      I fully understand they are not actually posting, I’m just pointing out a pretty direct inconsistency.

    • Rob says:

      There are other oneworld airlines where the cheapest business tickets earn nothing – I think Malaysian?

    • James says:

      What am I missing?

      The link I clicked on taking you to the ‘Collecting Avios and Tier Points” page shows:
      Business / Lowest (R, I) / 150% of miles flown 750 100%

      I even did a browser find for the month ‘May’ and got no results.

      Is it just a dodgy link?

      • Rob says:

        That is for flights on BA. Click on the Qatar logo and a box pops up with their rates. ( The pop up is why your search failed.)

        • Leo says:

          Shouldn’t have doubted you Rob – see it all too clearly now. Planning LHR-SGN in March – it’s now £1325 on QR and £1499 AY. Potentially 560 TPs on QR and 440 on AY…..do I risk QR?

          • James says:

            Yea, its right there.. Just stupidly didnt click the Qatar link haha.

            I guess it depends on what value 440 tier points are to you, based on how many you have already and when your year expires.

            personally Im about 30 away from silver so getting 560 will throw me into the middle of silver but I doubt id make gold before time ran out so Im not too bothered about the tier points side of things myself.

          • Rob says:

            You should doubt me, enough examples of why over the years 🙂

          • Brian says:

            I’d have thought, for comparable prices and tier points (give or take the odd hundred – unless you absolutely need them), AY is better because you don’t need to change in Doha.

  • bill says:

    Just cancelled MAD-PER-CDG and rebooked BHX-PER-BHX at no net increase in cost. The refund covers the new booking even after the refund fee and it’s more convenient routing.

  • Graeme says:

    2 weeks in the sun at Christmas booked through Expedia for £853 (R/I) using their ‘special fare’. EDI-DOH-DWC. Thanks for the heads up!

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