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New Qatar Airways business class sale rolling out

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As I was heading for bed last night, Qatar Airways was rolling out its major new Qatar Airways Travel Festival sale.

Prices are as low as £601 for Stockholm to Dubai in Business Class, a route that would get you 400 tier points and a large pile of Avios.

When this ran at the start of the year there were some astonishing deals, such as £800 business class tickets to Asia.  Remember that all Qatar Airways flights earn Avios and tier points in British Airways Executive Club and, if you head to Asia, you’ll earn 560 tier points per return trip.

Qatar A380

The best deals will involve starting your trip in another EU country.

I will do a full summary on Tuesday.  Here are some deals out of Stockholm in business class:

Dubai – £806 for one person, £780 based on two travelling (in reality, it is pricing at £628 – SEK 7,000 – for one traveller and £601 based on two travellers)

Bangkok – £1200 for one person, £1020 based on two travelling

Singapore – £1295 for one person, £1087 based on two travelling

Sydney – £2160 for one person, £1750 based on two travelling

These pages should have a summary of the best deals:

Qatar Airways Stockholm deals

Qatar Airways Oslo deals

Qatar Airways Copenhagen deals

Qatar Airways Paris deals

Qatar Airways Amsterdam deals

Qatar Airways Brussels deals

In most cases you must book on the Qatar Airways website by 5th September and travel between 15th September and 30th June.  No travel 15th December to 10th January.

My review of Qatar Airways A380 business class is here, 777 business class here and 787 business class here.

More tomorrow when I’ve had a chance to see what is out there.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (65)

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  • Kinkell says:

    OT: having a BA moan! Currently in Copenhagen doing on line checkin for CPH- LHR – JFK. Site won’t let me do the LHR-JFK as it says I need a Visa before progressing. I am physically clutching our visa Waiver paperwork which states we are already ‘approved’ and ‘welcome to the United States’ . Phone call to BA ….what a rigmarole…. Says it’s a ‘glitch’ . Hardly conducive to a relaxing start to our holiday.
    Those Qatar fares look enticingly good. Maybe I should be looking eastwards instead.

    • Polly says:

      We had the same problem checking in for dub Lhr JFK in dub.. Took ages, but worth the hassle. And yes we do east on QR sale fares. Doing HKT from CPH late October, can’t wait, RFS ret to CPH. Using our cancelled BA 241 F avios for club eu fares. Def recommend the QR routing in J. A real treat.

  • damboy says:

    Thanks Harry, no harm in trying though I guess….

  • harry says:

    glad to be corrected!

  • Simon M says:

    Hi all, what am I doing wrong. Could someone that knows what they are doing check this fare to Syd leaving anytime at the beginning of Dec and coming back early to mid Jan?

    Must have spent several hours trying to make this work so far but I’m seeing only double the headline sale rate.

  • JamesWag says:

    If I use the 10% off promo code does that mean my flight wouldn’t count towards the globetrotter promo ?? I ask as using the 10% code seems to get you the triple miles too and I recall it being mentioned that QR will only honour the most recent promo you sign up for.

    Confused.

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