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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 ba.com and see what you can find.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

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British Airways American Express

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (68)

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Just trying to plan a business trip down to South Africa at the very start of August for a week. Need to go to Jo’berg and Cape Town so can fly to either. Trying to find the best deal obviously from Europe but struggling to find a good deal. What sites to people use to play around with. Sky Scanner, Kayak etc?

    Out of Oslo would be handy as that is where my HQ is and can get their via Norweigian cheaply so can do an overnight there if needed.

  • May says:

    So sad that you have to start from Italy to enjoy the QR fares. I am planning to go KUL – LHR via BA WTP. the QR biz class fares from KUL are so expensive but if reverse from Pisa, it is cheaper than my WTP fare! Seriously! They don’t seem to do decent promotional fares starting from Asia side!

    • Rob says:

      Malaysia Airlines has had some aggressive deals out on KL recently which would earn Avios and TPs if you see anything.

  • aceman says:

    Right this is the second time this has happened to me Re a QR sale. Does the end date count as a date of the sale?

    Trying to book PSA-BKK, today should be the final day of the sale, but no promo fares anywhere….

    • Alex says:

      Deal is still live as per their website… it’s a matter of finding dates on which R fare class is available.

  • Renwaldo says:

    I saw sale fares about an hour ago when I was searching, and now they seem to have all disappeared. I see aceman above is having this issue…is the end date a particular random time during the final sale day?

    • Renwaldo says:

      Just to be more detailed, the PSA – TYO fares are the ones that seem to have disappeared – lots of R availability an hour ago and now all dried up?

  • Alex says:

    BTW for anyone planning to book with QR today, keep in mind that the fares aren’t available till midnight GMT, rather midnight CET. I got caught out by this earlier this week, but thankfully the fares were extended on Friday till today.

  • Noggins says:

    just booked early Feb PSA – HND (with a 787). Any thoughts on how to spend 7+ hours at DOH in the middle of the night? I assume this cheapo fare class does not entitle us to the ‘hotel provided’ service Qatar sometimes. I’d prefer not to try to sleep in a stylish but upright chair! (oh, and the airside hotel wants £185!!)
    Secondly, I am considering EZE LGW to PSA on the same day as the DOH flight (BA flight timings are useless). There’s around 4 hours between flights but am I crazy?

    • harry says:

      You’re not crazy but there is such a thing as insurance on top

      • Rob says:

        Doha is tricky – 7 hours isn’t really long enough to justify paying the $10 Visa fee to enter the country. You’d be lucky to get more than 3 hours sleep at, say, the Crowne Plaza nearby. The transit hotel is nice but obviously the cost is crazy.

    • Alex says:

      The hotel option is only available for layovers of more than 8 hours and when there wasn’t a more convenient connection at the time of booking even if not at the same price.

      With regard to what to do in DOH for 7h+… eat… drink… take a shower… eat some more…

    • James says:

      Also booked PSA-HND on the 787 but went for a day with a longer overnight connection (~13hrs) in the hope that I would be eligible for a stopover paid by carrier. Phoned up 30 mins after making the booking and have already been booked into a hotel. I was a bit nervous because of conflicting reports that R fares are invalid and because there are flights to NRT with shorter connections, but seemed to be alright in my case

  • Capt787 says:

    Does anyone see any good fares between 26 August – 4th Sept…?

  • G says:

    Does anyone have pictures of the Qatar cabin to Tokyo?

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