News in brief:
Qatar Airways launches Dubai in business class for £975
Qatar Airways has launched an exceptionally good fare to Dubai – just £975 return. I have NEVER seen flights to the Middle East so cheap in business class from a UK starting point.
At the moment, this is bookable from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester. I have been told that a London sale price will launch next week which may or may not be the same.
Details are on this special webpage here. You must book by 21st July. Seats are available until May 2017 although some dates may be blacked out.
If you are sitting on an Avios redemption to Dubai you need to think about this. Swapping your redemption – with over £500 of taxes – for a £975 cash ticket is well worth considering, especially if you were having to connect via Heathrow from a regional airport.
Remember that Qatar Airways flights earn Avios and British Airways tier points. You would get 360 tier points return for this routing. Here is my review of Qatar’s Boeing 787 business class seating. There is a special Qatar 787 microsite here if your potential flight is on one.
More details are on the Qatar website here. I will let you know if a similar Heathrow fare appears.
British Airways launches Heathrow to Innsbruck
British Airways announced a new service to Innsbruck from Heathrow on Wednesday. This will complement the existing Gatwick service.
It launches on 4th December. There will be four flights per week during the Winter season (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and two per week during Summer 2017.
As always with new routes, there should be excellent Avios availability at the moment as all of the flights should have been loaded into the system with at least two Club Europe and four Euro Traveller seats available.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.