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.
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:
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.
More tomorrow when I’ve had a chance to see what is out there.
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.