Today is the last day to book the excellent deals currently available in the Qatar Airways UK sale. For certain destinations, the pricing is unprecedented for UK-departing business class flights.
Don’t forget the bad news though. Qatar Airways flights earn British Airways Avios and tier points. Fly with them to Asia in Business Class and you 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’. These sale flights book into ‘R’ class. British Airways has been slow to update its partner list and if you click here and then click on the Qatar logo 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. However, the rule as it is written on ba.com (and the BA call centre is reiterating this) is that you would need to BOOK after 1st May and, of course, that isn’t possible as today is the last day to book.
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 UK sale home page on the Qatar website is here. You can book for travel until 31st March 2017.
Here is a reminder of the best deals:
Edinburgh to Dubai – £880
Birmingham to Phuket – £980
Edinburgh to Maldives – £1,130
Edinburgh to Bangkok – £1,140
Edinburgh to Singapore – £1,200
Birmingham to Perth – £1,425 (the advertised price of £1,230 does not seem to exist)
London to Dubai – £1,250
Look below for a £1,300 fare to Australasia though …..
Etihad launches its own UK business class sale
Etihad has launched a UK sale in competition, although the prices do not compare in most cases. That said, the Etihad product is excellent – especially if you can get onto the Etihad A380 Business Class Studio which I reviewed here. I honestly think it is the best business class product out there.
You must book by 28th April for travel between 9th May and 28th February 2017.
Here are some sample prices in Business Class:
London to Colombo – £1,838
Manchester to Melbourne – £2,680
London to Abu Dhabi – £1,505
Edinburgh to Mumbai – £1,540
Full details of the UK sale deals can be found on this page of the Etihad website.
If you are willing to start outside the UK, you may be interested in an Istanbul to Sydney Business Class sale fare that Etihad is currently selling – just $1,927 (£1,332). If you select the A380 to Sydney from Abu Dhabi then this is a fantastic fare. It can be booked via the UK Etihad site.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (September 2021)
Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card. However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes. 30,000 points is a special offer which expires on 9th November 2021.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Etihad Guest miles. 60,000 points is a special offer which expires on 2nd November 2021.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.
Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent).