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Bits: new Qatar 241 deals (Sydney from €2,100), 30% bonus when you buy Hyatt points

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News in brief:

More good Qatar Airways deals launched

Qatar Airways has launched another batch of 241 business class deals.  As well as being great deals, you will earn Avios and British Airways tier points as Qatar is a oneworld partner.

The UK deals can be found here.  The deals are OK, such as Dubai for £1,300 and Maldives for £1,700, but we have seen better.  Not all deals are listed annoyingly so you may need to run some quotes.

Germany has some OK deals as you can see here.  Bangkok is around €1,400 per person.  Sydney is €2,100.  It is also worth checking out other starting points if you have a specific destination in mind, eg Amsterdam offersParis offers.  Istanbul is also worth a look for Sydney although Germany is worth the premium for convenience I think.

You need to book by 23rd May 2016 for travel from 1st September 2016 to 15th May 2017.

Qatar A350

30% bonus when you buy Hyatt points

Until 15th June, Hyatt is offering another 30% bonus when you buy Gold Passport points.

This is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if considering a stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as the ones in Paris or Sydney, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash.

The new Park Hyatt resort in Mallorca will also be opening this Summer and looks very impressive.   Prices are a little scary (rooms from Euro 720, or Euro 900 if you want a cancellable one) so a redemption at 20,000 points per night ($360) would be a good deal.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (33)

  • Qatar virgin says:

    Word of warning with Qatar – I managed to get one of the cheap Qatar business class flights from Pisa to Auckland over xmas a week or so ago. Since then the route (DOH – AKL) has been delayed. Qatar customer services are terrible to say the least. They changed my ticket (without telling me) to be DOH – SYD, but worse than that, my PSA to DOH lands after my DOH – SYD departs so its not a viable option. Qatar are only offering a refund they wont work with me in regards to looking at other departure dates or cities. Its the same situation on the way home. Qatar are not entertaining any other option other than to cancel. This type of practice doesn’t seem uncommon with Qatar. If they make a mistake they appear to bully you into cancelling (eg costing them nothing) rather than honoring the tickets you purchased, there is no attempt to work with the customer on other options.

  • harry says:

    Don’t miss that 40% off code on Etihad

    JUNE40

    Seems to have got a bit lost – cheap flights to lots of great destinations with a top 5 airline

  • harry says:

    Completely O/T – forgive me my sins lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw9JKyZjm7k

    Free – legal, official, courtesy BT – streaming of Europa Final

  • Frankie says:

    Does anyone know if I will automatically get my BA avios and BA tier points from booking two R class business class flights yesterday with Qatar from CPH to BKK? I just put my BA exec number into the Qatar website when booking. Also anyone know how many avios I’ll get per flight? Thanks in advance for any answers on this..

    • Polly says:

      Go to Ba miles calculator on the right panel, it will tell you clearly. I know you get 560 TPs anyway, v close to obtaining silver, then you must do 4 paid sectors 2 return flights, any class, on BA to obtain your silver status. Enjoy. We did the exact same trip but to HKT last year,a no it’s such a comfortable flight.

      • Frankie says:

        Thank you Polly

      • Frankie says:

        Just one final question. If my ‘Tier Point Collection Year’ ends on 1st Feb 2017 and I take this flight in January (return on 15th) Does that mean I’ll have 560 tier points ONLY for a couple of weeks until 1st Feb and then I’m back to zero? (so pointless for me really due to the timings?)

        • AndyR says:

          Yes I am afraid so 🙁 However, if you can get 40 Tier Points & 4 sectors on BA before you fly to BKK then you will qualify for Silver in the current year, which will then last the 2 weeks plus the following year i.e. until Feb 2018.

  • AndyR says:

    Just booked CPH-BKK-CDG for £995/pp for November! DOH-CDG is on A380, just hope it doesn’t get swapped.

    CPH-BKK or ARN-BKK was coming out at around £910 on certain dates.

    HEL-BKK was a good price too I think around £880/pp. HEL-DOH is A320 though.

    Lowest I saw was PSA-BKK for around £800/pp. However, PSA-DOH is A320 and the seat map was indicating it has the old reclining business class seats.

  • StephenH says:

    Somewhat OT, could someone please tell me how long it normally takes for tier points/Avios from Qatar flights to post to BAEC? Cheers.

    • Qatar Airways flights normally post to BA Executive Club on a Wednesday. It seems the latest file wasn’t received or processed by BA – I flew QR the end of last week and my my points haven’t posted yet. A number of people on other websites have reported not having any points (for QR flights) posting to their accounts this week.