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 (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
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.)