News in brief:
Qatar Airways launches Dubai in business class for £1,001 from Heathrow
Last week I wrote about an exceptionally good Qatar Airways fare to Dubai – just £975 return. This is bookable from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester.
A Heathrow version has now appeared too, selling for just £1,001 return.
Details are on this special webpage here. You must book by 21st July. Seats are available until May 2017 although some dates are blacked out. Seats definitely are bookable at this price though.
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 £1000 cash ticket is well worth considering.
Remember that Qatar Airways flights earn Avios and British Airways tier points. You would get 400 tier points return for this routing as the Doha to Dubai leg books into First Class. Here is my review of Qatar’s Boeing 787 business class seat and here is Qatar regional First Class which you get on the connection. Here is my review of the excellent Heathrow lounge in Terminal 4. You might even get to travel on the Qatar First Class bus!
More details are on the Qatar website here. Note that it is a big buggy and also seems to change pricing – for the same flights – depending on whether you search for DXB (the main airport) or DWC (the new, mainly cargo, airport). British Airways has not price matched this deal unfortunately.
£5 JustPark.com statement credit from Amex
You may remember that I wrote a piece on JustPark.com back in October.
The original premise was that, if you live near a station or shopping area, you could use the site to rent out your driveway for less than the cost of a standard parking space in the area.
The site has evolved and there are now large numbers of businesses – including a lot of hotels – who rent out their car parking spaces via JustPark.
Let’s imagine that I am looking for 7 days parking at Heathrow. JustPark has a few private driveways to rent from £22.50 – an exceptional price for a week of parking. These houses are within the Heathrow ‘free bus travel’ zone so you won’t have to pay to jump on a bus to the terminal.
There are also some hotels available. Last time I priced it up, the Marriott on Bath Road was offering a week for £39. The easyHotel would let you park outside for a week for £25. The Premier Inn was charging £24.50. The Thistle Hotel is also available on selected dates. The Heathrow Thistle is a great choice for anyone who hates shuttle buses, as you can pay £5 per person to jump onto the pods in the official Heathrow car park behind the hotel.
If you haven’t tried JustPark yet (and it works at all UK airports, not just Heathrow), American Express is offering a £5 statement credit when you spend £10 before 31st August. Not everyone will have got this deal, but if you log on to your Amex account you may find it under My Offers. I had it on all three of my cards so it seems widely available. Remember you need to click ‘Save To Card’ to activate the deal.