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Qatar business class to Auckland for £1,125

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Qatar Airways has launched a limited batch of Avios and BA tier point earning sale fares.  These are only available until Monday but you can book for any date in the next 12 months.

This is not a wholesale mega sale as we saw in January.  The prices are certainly good but you need to look carefully for the real bargains.

The good news is that you are now 100% certain to receive British Airways tier points and Avios on discounted Qatar business class tickets.

Qatar Airways A350 Doha

There is bad news for people who missed out on the April Qatar sale because they took BA at their word when they said that Qatar business class sale tickets booked before 1st May but flown later would not earn Avios.  Reports on Flyertalk are that these tickets ARE crediting perfectly happily to BA Executive Club.

The best deal I can find is to Auckland.

Qatar confirmed today (Monday) that Auckland is delayed until 1 February 2017.  You cannot now book tickets for travel before that date at this price.  If you booked over the weekend, I would imagine Qatar will re-route on the A380 via Sydney which is not a huge hardship.

If booking this deal, make sure you book directly on the Qatar website.  This leaves Qatar fully responsible for getting you to Auckland in case the start of services is delayed again – most likely by putting you onto a Sydney flight and buying you a connection.  Booking via Expedia or another agent adds a level of doubt about who would be responsible.

You should also note that Doha to Auckland is currently 17 hours on a Boeing 777 which has Qatar’s older style 2 x 2 x 2 seating.  This is great for a couple but less good if travelling alone.  My review of this seat can be found here.  It will hopefully be switched to an A350 if Airbus can fix the problems which are delaying their deliveries to Qatar.

Warnings out of the way, here are the best prices I have seen advertised.

Whilst not mentioned on their Italy deals page, Qatar is offering Pisa to Auckland for €1,423 (£1,125).  I had no problem finding this price for January 2017 but, of course, you cannot now book for departures before 1st February.  The flight from Pisa to Doha is on a short haul A320 but it does apparently have ‘proper’ business class seating.  From Rome you will pay a lot more – €2,000.

Qatar A380

Another option, and a more convenient one, is from Berlin.  Berlin to Auckland is €1,649 (£1,300) return.  A list of other Qatar sale deals out of Germany is here.

Oddly, you can mix and match these two fares to get an even better price!  Using the multi-city option on the Qatar website lets you book Berlin – Auckland / Auckland – Pisa for just €1,393 (£1,100).

What sale deals are available from the UK?

The list of sale deals from the UK is here.

From Birmingham, which is the only city listed, there is a lot around the £1,600 mark including Hong Kong and Johannesburg.  It is worth trying prices from Manchester, Edinburgh and London as well.

Apart from Auckland, there is nothing in this sale which is a ‘must book’.  It is worth remembering that these fares are good for the next 12 months, however, so you may want to lock in something for Christmas or Easter 2017.

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Comments (160)

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      I priced it up at €1.1k on Expedia yesterday. Don’t remember the dates unfortunately.

      • JamesW says:

        Nothing too exciting price wise in J except of course AKL which is a bloody excellent price. Shame its the 777.

        Was hoping for a nice J to CPT 🙁

        Krabi isn’t too bad I suppose but wouldn’t make me change any plans.

      • JamesW says:

        1100 Euros would be incredible.

        • Rob says:

          Very risky booking this anywhere except the Qatar website for the reasons I explained

  • Alex says:

    Don’t understand why Qatar not receiving a350s would affect a 777 routing?

    • Tom says:

      Hi Alex, if you don’t have the number of aircraft you planned to have at a given time – you need to make some changes to your flying schedule 🙂

      • Rob says:

        Only 2 aircraft in the fleet can do a 17 hour flight – A350 and 777. The 777 aircraft are needed elsewhere.

  • Polly says:

    That’s us off to AKL next year, with a short stay in Pisa both ways. Really pretty city too. Been waiting patiently for this fare to materialise. It’s an amazing price, considering the best to OZ has been e1700 recently. But that Berlin option is fantastic too, decisions decisions..and we would retain BA silver too! Sadly will have to cancel BA 241 in F to KUL, but so worth it.

    • Andrew says:

      QR J is as good as BA F anyway.

      • Barry cutters says:

        Not the old 2×2 seating on the 772 to Auckland it’s not . But an excellent fare agreed. Plus would earn 25k avios

        • William says:

          I don’t get that. I think the 77 trumps any other QR aircraft quite comfortably. Given you’re on there for 16+ hrs you better hope the entertainment system is working and there’s certainly a better range than the 787.

      • polly says:

        Agree it’s def equal if not better. Felt the qr cabins more spacious. Last year we also cancelled a BA F 241 to KUL for a QR J sale CPH to Hkt. Now wasting! a 241 in CE to CPH to get our next qr sale j trip to Hkt in Oct. This just too good a deal to pass up tho…still collecting avios but keep having them refunded. Not complaining.

  • Sandgrounder says:

    Some very cheap deals in economy, BKK £350 from EDI, £370 BHX. JNB from £390 from EDI.

    • Polly says:

      Wonder if we can get straight back to LHR though?

    • Nick says:

      I priced up BHX to DXB and found it for £273 in Y. Was tempted as it’s the 787 on that route

      • Will says:

        Y in the 787 is cramped.

        • Nick says:

          Thanks for that. Having last flown QR in J on the A350 it might come across as a squeeze!

  • Mud Island Mlungu says:

    I can vouch that the A320 has newer business class seating. 2+2 angled towards the Windows.

    Just flown OSL-MLE from a business class offer Kate last year for £825 each.

    • Mud Island Mlungu says:


    • JamesWag says:

      Is that all of them though, or only some ??

      • Rob says:

        The ones used on these routes should get it. I assume Qatar has a few A320s for regional routes around the Middle East which don’t have it, but even those have the perfectly fine 2×2 seating I have done a few times recently.

  • Alex says:

    Open jaw RTN is available £1315 to come back on a380 to London

    • James A says:

      Or £1097 return to Germany (A350 to FRA & MUC).

      • Sav says:

        Is that to Auckland?

        • James A says:

          Yes to all, the £1315 open jaw return also applies to BHX and EDI (MAN is £100 more). Pretty much anywhere in Europe is available at that price actually. The sub £1100 fares return into Germany.

  • Pascal says:

    Really tempted to book… Some nice dates possible over NYE. The plane bothers a bit…Would love obviously an A380…

    Is it a good idea using curve to pay and bill it to amex? Would save 40 quid if I see that right? On the other hand Amex would double the points for a foreign country/ travel booking, right? So easy 2000 MR Points (for two people booking) for 40 GBP if I calculate that right?

    Plus does anyone know if Amex has some problems with posting MR Points? My girlfriend and me (two seperate cards) haven’t got points in the last few days, including Curve.

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Nick says:

      The 777 is actually very comfortable and the seats / beds are huge albeit there is less stowage space around the seat and no wifi. I flew a sector from Bali to Doha on the 777 earlier this year with other 3 legs on the A380 and the A350. I was not looked not forward to the 777 but if travelling as a couple, it is arguably better as you can talk to your partner. I slept better on the 777 than on the other aircraft and the service and f&b was superb. If travelling solo, I would advise reserving one of the two middle seats which both have aisle access. I have an ex EU ticket to Vietnam and Bangkok in November and all legs are now on the 777 since QR announced a few days ago that they are pulling the A380 off one rotation per day to BKK so it can be redeployed on the Sydney route.

      • Pascal says:

        Thanks a lot Nick, this plus Raffles review take a bit of my fear that it’s an old plane which is a lot less luxurious than the A380. But makes total sense, so we’ll go ahead. And still got the A350 from Frankfurt to check out an on board bar. Plus who knows, maybe DOH-AKL is getting routed via SYD due to the plane delay (flying end of December)

        • Nick says:

          I can confirm the ‘bar’ is v nice on the A350 but was hardly used last time I flew FRA – DOH probably because there’s only so much food and champagne you can drink!

      • Danksy says:

        I noticed two legs of my trip in November have changed from an a380 to 777-300… Never experienced the standup bar service on QR before… Ho hum

      • William says:

        Yay! Finally the 777 gets a robust defence. I agree it is better than the 380. 380 is excellent for the tv screen but don’t forget it’s a big cabin on the 380 so I thought service was quite a bit poorer. We felt like royalty on the 77.

    • Raffles says:

      Use Amex because you get the added, admittedly weak, Gold travel cover. You also have Amex to fall back on if Qatar end up delaying the service and causing trouble!

      • Pascal says:

        Thanks Raffles, done!
        Looking forward to the Qatar Business Experience compared to BA.

        I’ll now dig into the topic of Avios redemptions with Qantas over there.

  • Blackberryaddict says:

    Yeee – booked as well :D. Couldn’t resist this. Next Easter – New Zealand here we come

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