Yesterday was a fairly chaotic day on Head for Points, but all ended well. British Airways claimed that it was a mistake that it announced that Qatar Airways ‘R’ class (discounted business class) tickets would no longer earn Avios or tier points – a mistake repeated by BA’s social media and call centres. By the end of the day, ba.com had been adjusted and ‘R’ class tickets were again officially qualifying for Avios and tier points.
This means that we can look at the current Qatar Airways ‘2 4 1’ business class sale today.
As usual, the best deals are to be had if you start outside the UK.
Remember the following guidelines:
As this is a 2-4-1 sale, you need two or four to be travelling to get the prices quoted
These flights all involve changing in Doha. This means that you earn tier points and Avios on four segments. For flights to Asia, you will earn 560 tier points return (140 x 4) as long as each flight is over 2,000 miles.
Qatar Airways has a wide range of aircraft in its fleet. The hugely impressive current generation business class seating will definitely be found on the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Airbus A380 aircraft. As this is a 2-4-1 sale, however, you will also be perfectly happy on the Boeing 777 fleet because of the two-abreast seating.
These pages have a summary of the best deals for the main European departure hubs. I recommend taking a look at each based on where you want to fly:
Qatar Airways Stockholm deals (Singapore SEK 11,730)
Qatar Airways Helsinki deals (Phuket €1,130)
Qatar Airways Germany deals (Johannesburg €1,229; Dubai €1,019)
Qatar Airways Oslo deals (Bangkok NOK 10,500)
Qatar Airways Amsterdam deals (Tokyo €1,519)
Qatar Airways Brussels deals (Maldives €1,580)
In most cases you must book on the Qatar Airways website by Monday 7th November and travel between 15th November and 15th June.
An extra 5% saving on flights from the UK
There is no doubt that the best deals are available from continental Europe. However, if you are happy to pay extra for the convenience of starting from a UK airport then there are some offers out there.
Here are a sample, priced per person based on two travelling:
Dubai – £1320 (Edinburgh)
Goa – £1390
Bangkok – £1620
Kuala Lumpur – £1650 (Edinburgh)
Seychelles – £1840
Maldives – £1750
Cape Town – £1950
Book your Business Class Qatar Airways sale flight from the UK via this page and you will receive a further 5% discount.
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.)