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New Qatar business class sale from £680 – from Helsinki

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Qatar Airways has launched some more exceptional fares in Business Class.

This latest sale focuses on Helsinki.  This is not a bad place to start a Qatar Airways flight, given that Finnair flies there from Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester and London.  BA also flies from London.  All of these connections can be booked using Avios points and, on some Finnair services from Heathrow, you will get a brand new A350 with flat beds in Business.

Qatar Airways A350 Doha

Here are some headline prices:

Helsinki – Abu Dhabi – €809 (£679)

Helsinki – Adelaide – €2,109 (£1,770)

Helsinki – Bangkok – €1,289 (£1,082)

Helsinki – Cape Town – €1,859 (£1,560)

Helsinki – Delhi – €1,229 (£1,031)

Helsinki – Dubai – €819 (£687 – but see the PS below re a great Stockholm fare)

Helsinki – Maldives – €1,679  (£1,409)

Helsinki – Sydney – €2,169  (£1,821)

Other destinations are available – take a look at the Helsinki offers page.  Note that there are some typos on that page where Qatar has written the economy fare where the business fare should be, and vice versa!

You must book by 15th August for travel in a narrow window between 10th October and 10th December.

A quick caveat

Qatar Airways operates a short-haul A320 aircraft between Helsinki and Doha.

Business class usually looks like this:

Qatar A320

…. which is certainly not bad.  Beyond Doha you would be on a long haul plane if travelling outside the Middle East.

There is a small chance that you get one of the handful of A320 aircraft with older ‘recliner’ seating below although these are usually kept off European routes.  Feedback from people who have flown this also seems be OK for what is, after all, a day flight.

Qatar A320

Flying Manchester – Helsinki – Doha – Dubai is pretty darn convoluted, especially when Emirates will fly you direct.  If you treat the journey as a bit of fun, and you think of all the tier points and Avios you are earning as well as the money you are saving, you may consider it worth it.

On the Asia routes it makes more sense, especially when you think of the 560 BA tier points that Helsinki – Doha – Bangkok return would bring you.

Do check out Helsinki for half a day as well if you can.  If you need to stay over at the airport Hilton in Helsinki, my review is here.

Full details of the Qatar Airways Helsinki deals can be found here.

PS.  If you are heading to Dubai, there is an unadvertised Qatar Airways deal out of Stockholm at the moment.  This guarantees you a brand new Boeing 787 from Stockholm to Doha which beats the A320 hands down.  The fare is 9,136 SEK which is £816.  It can be booked via the standard Qatar booking page here.  You should also check Qatar Airways fares to Dubai from London which have been around £1,000 on selected dates recently.

Comments (26)

  • DS says:

    The lowest fare ARN to Dubai is actually 8461 SEK i.e. £749, I tried several dates in November.

  • James67 says:

    Hopefully this will stimulate AY to launch some of their better offers exUK. I’m in market for two revenue returns to seAsia next March but as usual I don’t find exEU via ME very appealling; overall journey times are too long and the transit hours often too unsociable.

    • Yuff says:

      James67

      The airport hotel is great for 8 hours. My wife doesn’t like overnight flights so going via Doha is extremely handy.

      • James67 says:

        Wouldn’t be my cup of tea Yuff, thanks. I prefer to get the journey over with as quick as possible and i like overnght flights as I almost always sleep most of the way.

  • JamesWag says:

    Will see if anything fits nicely into the Globetrotter promotion too.

  • John G says:

    The A320 business class usually looks a lot better than that! Most aircraft have the same seats as used by AA on the A321T in business class. If travelling with a partner I’d prefer the QR A320 to the QR 787.

  • Planeflyer says:

    I think the photo of the A320 cabin there is of the “handful of A320 aircraft with older ‘recliner’ seating … usually kept off European routes”. I’ve certainly flown that cabin from Doha to Dubai and Alexandria. The few “longhual” A320s have proper lie flat seating, and I think is the same seat as on the refurbed A346.

    I believe the HEL flights will mostly be served with this cabin, so not such a step down from the B787/A350/380 seat, and about on par with the A330/777 seat:
    http://www.bangaloreaviation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/A7-AHW_Qatar_Airways_Airbus_A320_EGLF_DSC_5002_WM.jpg

    • Rob says:

      Thanks, swapped it

      • will says:

        According to the Qatar press release, it will be served specifically by the 132 seat A320 which is the lie flat version only. The recliner version is 144 seat.

  • Talay says:

    I need some UK (pref LHR) to BKK but are not seeing any discount fares at the moment (for my dates).

    Where are you seeing the ex UK decent prices ?

  • Arthur says:

    The BA tier point calculator can’t find the Qatar operating a Helsinki-Doha route, so how can I see how many tier points this offer would give?

    • Modern Day Sinbad says:

      This is probably because the route is fairly new? I had the same problem when I booked PSA-DOH but the BA calculator has now been updated and it shows 140 tier points. I imagine Helsinki will be the same as it’s a slightly longer route.

    • Genghis says:

      HEL-DOH is 2,730 miles. This is 140 TPs

  • will says:

    Would the DOHA to Dubai leg book into first or business (as its a 2 class aircraft)? ie would you get access to the posh first lounge at Doha?

    W

    • Fadi says:

      It’s always been F when I have done it but I haven’t passed through DOH since the new Flounge opened.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, books into F. That is 60 tier points.

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