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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)

  • JamesWag says:

    It has been mentioned on FT that looking to book Jan / Feb now shows with a layover in HKG & PER (last leg on CX to AKL) instead of direct 17+ he flight on the 772.
    Has anyone here explored this & found it possible to get a real stopover of a couple of days in HKG and/or PER without repricing far too high ?
    I’ll take a look myself of course but wanted to ask others given time is running out to book this.

    • Pascal says:

      When doing a new search I can’t see the flights I’m booked on anymore, yet they’re still confirmed and no changes yet.
      Keen to see how “nice” Qatar will be at rerouting… Just giving any new flights or will it be possible to have a word in the routing? (e.g. A380 to SYD, few days there and then on to AKL)

      • JamesWag says:

        I heard they’re going to charter Ryanair planes all the way 🙂

        Just jesting obviously.

        • Pascal says:

          Yay looking forward to that 17 hours flight 😉 What a breeze…

      • Kerry says:

        I’m wondering the same thing – I posted separately about our booking early-December (also a link to confirmation that the service won’t start until 01Feb17) – I’m also hopeful they’ll re-route us via SYD on an A380 and are nice enough to allow a layover!

  • Phil says:

    Hi

    Does anyone know if you can book multi city trips with a Qatar sale

    Specifically i am trying to do LHR – SIN, HKT – LHR

    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Yes, the Qatar site has a multi-city option but whether the pricing works or not is a different question. There is certainly no problem returning to a different city as long as you depart the same one you arrived not.

  • Boris says:

    This is soooooo tempting, but I don’t know yet who I would be flying with so no can do.

    Grrrr.

    Why can’t Aer Lingus to these?

  • Kerry says:

    It would appear the launch has now been officially delayed until 01Feb17:

    http://airlineroute.net/2016/05/09/qr-akl-feb17/

    We’re actually booked out on 04/12/16 and have the booking in Qatar’s system shows Status:Confirmed and seats reservation was permitted) but our e-tickets not yet been issued (although we were told that they were issued via the back office as we made the reservation over the phone as we had EMDs to use). So, now waiting to see if they bump us completely or if they re-route via Australia (sincerely hope it’s the latter!) – not sure if they can actually cancel us completely if the service is cancelled or if they’re obliged to offer an alternative (preferably not an alternative in February though!!)

  • Jas says:

    Thats very interesting, as I was looking to booking outbound on 30th Jan and couldn’t book it this morning, I thought they would have sold out but now this explains it. Have now booked for 5th Feb!
    Anyhow fingers crossed they wouldn’t hopefully delay the launch again. Best of luck to other who are before Feb.
    Btw I just got an email from QR customer support asking for a copy of passport and bank statement (I used super card so not sure what to send them ! ) , is this common ?

    • Jon says:

      Re passport/statemment – see my comment a few posts up. It’s happened to a few of us and seems to be par for the course. I did phone them up as I was concerned sending card numbers etc via email but I don’t think the lady I spoke to really understood what I was asking.

      In the end I just sent them on. Not ideal but anything for an easy life!

      • Jas says:

        Thanks Jon, Sorry didn’t see the comments before. Still not sure how do i send supercard statement ? I have just sent a screenshot and will wait and see.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          If the screenshot doesn’t work then they just ask you to show the card at check in, I couldn’t provide a statement as I wasn’t a month in to having my card at the time.

          So you don’t get the run around if you are asked to show the check in staff just need to make sure the number matches no need to go to a ticket desk etc

          • bdm82 says:

            Yeah I have been asked to show CC used to make booking at check-in as I refused to share such information (risk of my personal details being used fraudulently)

  • chris says:

    I don’t think the A350 can make Auckland from Doha. The range is under 9000nmi. The flight is 9032nmi.

    • Jas says:

      I guess they must be shifting some 772LR from other routes which probably are waiting for the A350. I think only 772LR can do this stretch with the margins required.

    • Stu R says:

      The flight is 9,032 miles, which is actually only 7,848 nautical miles, however the A350 range is around 8,100 nm’s …. a bit tight me thinks!

      • harry says:

        The ground engineers had better not fill it up the way I fill up my hire cars when I return them 🙂

  • Andy says:

    Booked over Easter and May bank holiday, about £1100 Munich – Auckland – Pisa. 🙂

    Also booked my positioning flight to Munich on a Singapore Airlines 777 for £80!

  • Andy says:

    Booked over Easter and May bank holiday, about £1100 Munich – Auckland – Pisa. 🙂

    Also booked my positioning flight from Manchester to Munich on a Singapore Airlines 777 for £80!

    • Rob says:

      That’s the HFP way! Although you could have tried to wangle some Star miles to do it in Business!

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