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Two great deals: Tokyo on Qatar Airways for £817 Business, Mandarin Oriental Geneva £115

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News in brief:

Qatar Airways launches excellent Tokyo fare from Pisa

Whilst Qatar Airways has been throwing around discounted business class fares like confetti recently, tickets to Tokyo tend to remain expensive due to capacity constraints.  This is why this new offer out of Pisa in Italy is worth a look.

Take a look here at full list of Qatar deals from Italy.  Tokyo is listed as €1,055 return in Business Class.  That is just £817.  You would earn 560 British Airways tier points on that ticket too.

Remember that British Airways flies to Pisa from both Heathrow and Gatwick so a connection will not be a problem.  There are some other excellent deals here apart from Tokyo but that is the one that jumps out.

You must book by 6th June for travel by the end of March 2017.  Availability is excellent once you get into early 2017.   The leg from Pisa to Doha is on a short-haul A320 but these have been fitted with flat bed seats in Business Class.

You can book on the Qatar UK site here.

Mandarin Oriental Geneva

50% off Geneva hotels over the Summer

You may remember a recent competition I mentioned to win one of 1,000 hotel nights in Geneva.  A LOT of Head for Points readers were winners, including myself.

People who did not win were emailed yesterday with an EXCELLENT deal.  Via this link, you can book a hotel room in Geneva WITH BREAKFAST over the peak Summer season between 11th July and 12th September for a 50% discount.  You need to use the promo code geneva50 when checking out.

Some of the pricing is exceptionally good.  Le Richemond, owned by The Dorchester Group, is CHF 165 (£115) on some nights and that is with breakfast.  I even found the Mandarin Oriental available for CHF 165 (£115).  You could probably just about buy breakfast for two on its own, let alone a room, for that price normally.

If you can get the right property then this is a very good excuse for a weekend break in Geneva this Summer.

Comments (60)

  • Frankie says:

    Are Qatar state owned and make no profit (probably losses) and just use the airline to build the Qatar brand globally?

    • harry says:

      They started up that way but might actually now be making money.

      Shows the value of investing with a 10 year view, which UK FTSE 100 does not do any more.

  • DaveP says:

    Geneva offer is for first night only according to my email. I guess one way of getting a 2-night weekend is for each person per couple to make separate booking on consecutive nights.

  • ee says:

    Some of the ex IT fares, maybe all, have been there since the Scandinavian sale at the weekend – there was a comment in one of the posts here. As an example, we bought FCO-KUL for EUR1225, and I see that fare remains purchasable even though due to end on 31st May originally.

    The equipment on both legs tends to be A332 A346 or B77W so not the best in the fleet but acceptable as a couple and seat availability was wide open (we fly in Jan)

    • CV3V says:

      Good spot, the FCO fares are also discounted over the christmas period which was the blackout date for the main qatar promo fares. Flights to KUL priced at 1200 euros, although on A330-200.

  • Kathryn says:

    I’ve got the Pisa to Auckland and back to Berlin booked for next Easter, with a couple of RFS’s for positioning. Amazing value to retain silver. Glad pisa to doha still has the flat bed!

  • Morgan says:

    Another winner of a free Geneva night here – booked in at the Mandarin Oriental.

  • Kathy says:

    I’m starting to think I should give up on getting enough Avios for Club to SYD and just book Qatar ex-EU to SYD or AKL if they come up in a sale again.

    • Rachel says:

      I just booked Copenhagen – Sydney a few days ago with Qatar business for £1600 leaving mid September and coming back early October. Looks so much better than Club World! I nabbed fully flexible tickets to Copenhagen with Ryanair that include luggage for £45 return which was a LOT less than flights with BA. I could have used miles for the flights to Copenhagen but the taxes alone cost more than Ryanir tickets and the times were worse. Given its just a very short flight and the terrible short haul product of BA I think Ryanair is much better value, esp with the flexibility and more flights on offer to make connections. I just allowed plenty of time for the first flight so even if it runs several hours late we will be fine.

      • David2910 says:

        Likewise. Booked c. 1250 GBP CPH to SYD on the Qatar sale in January (incidentally, through gotogate, which saved 100 or so and were very good, incl adding an infant to ticket, despite their reviews). Plan is to book out the previous evening standard Norwegian, then the return as Flex same day, or the new BA flexible type ticket). Total return positioning is about 100 pp plus some airport hotel. Haven’t looked at Ryanair but can’t deal with stansted. Thought the through-connection on the BA would have been stretching my luck

  • Adam says:

    These rates look great but I’m having difficulty finding them. Can someone provide some test dates to achieve CHF 165 per night at the Mandarin Oriental? Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Was there for most of August last night, 27th July was there I remember. Only look for 1 night. It shows as CHF 330 then you use the code to get it to CHF 165.

  • Nathan says:

    I thought the Qatar sale was over.. I need to wait until the next sale really which hopefully is only 4/5 months away

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