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.
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:
…. 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.
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.