News in brief:
Qatar Airways offering ‘kids fly free’
My discussion of the new Qatar Airways sale yesterday focussed exclusively on business class fares. The airline is also offering some good prices on economy tickets.
In particular, there is a VERY novel ‘kids fly free’ deal. On some economy tickets, children under 12 do not pay anything except for taxes.
There is a catch. This deal is only valid on ‘Economy Saver’ tickets in N and S class. On some routes you will find cheaper tickets in booking classes T, O and W (‘Economy Promo’) which negate the saving.
Here is an example I found to Doha:
As you can see, the two children pay nothing apart from £60 of taxes. The adults are paying £570 each, however, which is higher than many sale Economy fares to the Middle East.
That said, the average price per ticket in this example is just £313 per person which is exceptionally cheap for a DIRECT economy flight to Doha from Heathrow.
This deal is available on all Qatar Airways routes if you can find dates where the cheapest available Economy ticket bucket is S or N. You can ONLY book via this specific page of the Qatar Airways website – this deal is not available via Expedia etc.
You need to book by 5th September for travel by 30th June.
Another decent Club Europe meal
After all the recent reports of British Airways cost cutting, which even reached The Economist, it is only fair to speak up when I find something improving. And, for the second time in a fortnight, I got an impressive hot lunch in Club Europe yesterday flying back from Venice.
What you have in the picture below is a stuffed chicken breast with potato and sun dried tomato. There was also a salad alternative:
If you didn’t see my similar article two weeks ago, this is the ‘cod and mash’ dish I had when we flew to Palma:
These were both decent dishes and hopefully represent a pick-up in the quality of CE meals at lunch and dinner on the longer European routes.
It certainly beats the airberlin economy snack we got flying from Palma to Innsbruck:
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.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)