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Flight deals: Qatar to Tokyo for £795, British Airways Club and First deals ex-Europe

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Here are a couple of interesting flight deals if you are spending your weekend wondering what to do over the Summer.

More Qatar Airways bargains from Pisa

Qatar Airways is pushing its Pisa route again with some further very heavy discounting to Asia.

You see Qatar’s special Pisa fares here.

Pisa to Tokyo is a ludicrous €1,015 (£795) in Business Class.

Other standout deals are Kuala Lumpur (€1,205 / £945), Phuket (€1,125 / £882) and Bangkok (€1,030 / £808).

From Pisa, you are on a short-haul A320 to Doha but this still has flat bed seats in Business Class.  These Asia routes will earn you 560 British Airways tier points which is over 90% of what you need for a BA Silver card.  You can connect to Pisa on British Airways via Gatwick or Heathrow.

You need to book by Monday for travel at any point until March 2017, although at peak times you might not find the fare available.

PS.  Readers who booked the recent Pisa to Auckland deal on Qatar, who hit trouble when the Auckland service was delayed, have come up trumps.  Qatar has rebooked them Pisa – Heathrow (BA, Club Europe) – Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific, Business) – Auckland (Cathay Pacific, Business).

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British Airways First Class deals out of Europe

British Airways is, for some odd reason, selling cheap First Class tickets out of the Netherlands and Germany at the moment.  There may be other starting points available as well.

How cheap?  First Class to Johannesburg is €2,684 (£2,105) from Frankfurt or Amsterdam.  Cape Town, oddly, is not reduced.

Hong Kong is around €2,850.  Manila, which involves changing to Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong, is €3,000.  All of these prices are freely available, including over Christmas for those I checked.  A Saturday night does seem to be required.

These are clearly not pocket money prices but they do represent very good value for money if you are prepared to spend £2,000 on a return flight.

Good Club World deals are also available.  Johannesburg is €1,844 from Germany for example, and I found that fare easily available over Christmas.

Note that, whilst these fares are theoretically ‘refundable for a fee’, the fee is high.  Under the new BA cancellation rules, the cancellation fee is PER SECTOR.  That would be 4 x €300 for Amsterdam to Johannesburg which wipes out much of what you paid.

Have a play around at and see what you can find.

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Comments (68)

  • Kevin Young says:

    Booked the TYO trip from late Feb to early March. The best fares usually require a flight to Narita on the B777 but there some availability on the nice B787 to/from Haneda if you search. I can’t find any BA flights from LGW to PSA yet, maybe they are not published yet? EZY do have flights from LGW to PSA however. The BA LHR flight does not have good timings to meet the QTR flight but there are worse places for a night stop.

    • John says:

      But you shouldn’t be wanting to “meet the QR flight” any more. QR MWFSu departs around 4pm which gives enough time to recheck luggage if you arrive from LHR at 12pm, or from LGW at 11am on some days.

      The afternoon arrival from LGW would have been perfect if oneworld really wanted to offer a “seamless travel experience”.

      • Brian says:

        Yes, but oneworld probably aren’t aiming for Brits to go to Pisa to take advantage of ex-EU fares!

    • PGW says:

      I agree. Pisa is a very compact and pleasant city and it’s very easy and cheap to get to and from the airport which is very close by. I’d strongly recommend and overnight before your flight irrespective of the additional security it gives you.

  • Gary says:

    There are also cheap one way tickets from Stockholm to Hong Kong (50 mins layover at Dusseldorf) around 6-12th October, the flight will be the new A350. Economy costs £180, premium economy costs £450 and business costs £808.

  • harry says:

    Qatar has rebooked them Pisa – Heathrow (BA, Club Europe) – Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific, Business) – Auckland (Cathay Pacific, Business).

    Good job it’s Qatar. With BA that’d be 3 airports where you need to pick up your luggage and 3 where you need to check it in again & go through security once more 🙂

    • harry says:

      OK in before but that’s one png lol

    • Barry cutters says:

      No your bag would be checked straight through from Pisa to Auckland

      • Yuff says:

        That’s what Harry said – ” good job it’s with Qatar” as in not with BA 😉

        • Brian says:

          Fine with BA, too, as harry corrected himself – it’s all one ticket, not separate ones. The BA issue is only when it’s a number of different tickets.

        • Barry cutters says:

          Yes with ba you would only check the bag once . This is one ticket.
          Anyway this isn’t live yet Iv just checked my bag at Jfk. I asked if they could check my bag right through to Manchester (separate ticket , but also ba flight) they found my 2nd booking with just my surname and flight number and my bag is tagged straight to man.

  • aceman says:

    “some black out dates may apply” -I cant find anything close to those TYO fares any time this year!

    • timezonehopper says:

      Lots of availability late October and early November and some availability through into December.

  • Vin says:

    Could somebody clarify if you get 125% avios of the miles flown if you credit your flight to qatar when it is business R class? Has this been sorted out as I remember there was some problem with R class flights and BA. Thanks

  • Bruce says:

    The new BA cancellation policy is to charge per fare component, not per flight coupon. A fare component can have more than one flight coupon. If you have a return fare from London to New York using nonstop flights both directions, the penalty would be 2 X £xxx. If you have a return fare from Amsterdam to New York that is routed AMS-LHR-JFK-LHR-AMS, the penalty would still be 2 X €xxx. This assumes that the fare between Amsterdam and New York is a through fare in both directions, and not broken at London. If the Amsterdam to New York ticket did have separate fares Amsterdam-London, London-New York, New York-London, London-Amsterdam, then you would incur a fee for each of the components, for a total of 4 fees.

  • Nick says:

    Hmm. I am looking for a one-way flight from Tokyo to Europe later this year. Frankly, I’d pay EUR1k for the one-way flight. Does anybody know if it is possible to turn this deal in to a one-way?! The deal is available on the date I want to fly back, but if I book it as a one-way flight it’s £2.3k!

  • JamesWag says:

    Just remember to book your positioning flights with a different airline given there’s no benefit (bag transfer & delayed connection wise) in booking with BA now. Better to give another airline your business if you can to help drive the point home that this change is awful & that they’ll lose business ’til they rectify it.

    • Barry cutters says:

      Total rubbish, if you book a same day flight on another oneworld airline and your first flight is delayed they will always look after you. Especially if it’s ba-ba. Also you have the benefit of still printing your boarding pass at the first airport and traveling through the airport as a connecting passenger if traveling hand baggage only

      • harry says:

        “always” would be stretching it, but you are right in gist

        oneworld partners are far more likely to help you get on another flight for free when you miss your connection – though the whole point of yesterday’s article seemed to be that BA are trying to get out of any obligation to do that

        so there are extremely good reasons to make your positioning flight a oneworld partner if your ex-EU is oneworld – you just don’t have the same peace of mind as before

        • Rob says:

          Agreed. Airlines just want you to go away. If they can rebook you on their own flights and get you out of the way, they will normally do it.

      • Yan says:

        No, not anymore after 1 June 2016, at least when BA is involved
        They will NOT rebook you for free if you misconnect on separate tickets

        • littlefish says:

          These few comments above make very good points over the “new” choices we are now balancing (eg. for a Lon-Pisa to join up to a Pisa-Doh-XXX as above). Easyjet are much more likely to be a strong option now factoring in on-time performance and price and flex. BA retain some advantages, but without thru-checked baggage they’re throwing away a big edge. I would not rely on them to “do the right thing” on an ex-DOH misconnect on the way back thru Pisa (though the on-the-day ET change fares may come into play on some routes) .

          • Kevin says:

            Despite all the new troubles with BA through booking, I find that I still need to fly four BA sectors a year to retain Gold. Rather do this on short haul positioning flights with BA and fly my long haul sectors on redemptions/QR/AA/CX etc, earning tier points with them.

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