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Bits: underwhelming BA sale now on, new Qatar amenity kits launched

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News in brief:

British Airways sale now on

British Airways has launched its annual December sale click here for details.  Without a hint of irony, it is called ‘The Unforgettable Sale’.  Once you’ve seen the pricing you may disagree.

I’m not sure what is going on here – I am guessing that there will be a separate premium sale later on.  We know that business class loads are weak but there are no real deals here.

The headline deals being advertised are all in World Traveller:

  • New York from £399 return
  • New Orleans from £545 return
  • Santiago from £679 return
  • Los Angeles from £499 return
  • San Diego from £577 return
  • San Francisco from £499 return
  • Dubai from £299 return
  • Calgary from £549 return
  • Buenos Aires from £699 return
  • Tokyo from £677 return
  • Fort Lauderdale £379 return
  • Oakland £379 return
  • Singapore £499 return
  • Johannesburg from £570 return

A quick look at the British Airways Low Fare Finder site doesn’t show much of merit in Club World.

New York is no cheaper than £1800, for example.  San Francisco is no cheaper than £2075.  Buenos Aires is no cheaper than £2639 whilst Dubai bottoms out at a still pricey £1495 – and only if you travel during Ramadan.

The sale home page is here if you want to take a look.  All deals must be booked by 31st January.

There are some slightly better deals over at BA Holidays, assuming you are happy to package in a hotel with your flight.

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New Qatar Airways amenity kits launched

Qatar Airways – a popular choice with HFP readers due to their low sale fares and ability to collect Avios and tier points – has launched a new range of amenity kits.  These are a partnership with BRICS and Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio, who apparently are an environmentally friendly olive oil-based cosmetics company.

My first thought was ‘these look cute’.  My second thought was ‘no more Armani in First Class’ (I am still working through some Armani goodies I got earlier this year!).

The new First Class kit is pictured above, click to enlarge.

And here is the Business Class one:

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The kits include lip balm, hydrating facial mist and City Cream anti-ageing moisturiser in Business Class, with the added night recovery cream for First Class kits.

PS.  Qatar now runs 72 flights a week from the UK, according to the press release they sent me.  Add in Emirates and Etihad and I wonder what % of BA’s long-haul capacity the ‘Middle East 3’ now have between them?

Comments (82)

  • Genghis says:

    OT. Mrs Genghis just sent me this http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4059028/Three-British-Airways-passengers-fliers-flight.html

    Three course meal? Erm… Barely. And 10 mini bottles of the cheap (yet drinkable) champagne between 3? Even a mate and I managed 4 each LGW-BOD recently. Lightweights.

  • Mark LLL says:

    Apologies if this has been mentioned elsewhere this site, finally Qatar Airways site has the form for transfer QMiles to Accorhotels points. Quite difficult to find the actual form for transfer request.

    Log in to your Qatar account. Click ‘redeem my Qmiles/Qcredits’ from tabs at top of page.
    Click ‘redeem with partners’ link on left hand side of page. Select the ‘convert q miles’ option from tabs in middle of page.
    This takes you to the conversion request form.
    Select partner (Accor) from drop down menu. Enter your Accor account number.
    Enter how many blocks of Qmiles you are requesting be converted (see below*)
    As you proceed you will be prompted for a one time password (OTP) which Qatar will have just sent by SMS or eMail. Agree terms/conditions. Submit request. Phew.

    *Blocks of 4,500 QM convert to 1000 Accor points, max 10 blocks allowed. Qatar will mull it over for up to ten days and approve or reject your transfer request.
    Fingers crossed – my QMiles expire in less than ten days, figured its worth a shot as theyre going to waste otherwise.

  • Kevin Hastings says:

    Qatar seem to be having a couple of good deals in Business:

    £1,000 to China from BUD (on A320 though)
    £1,100 to BKK from Venice (DOH-BKK on A380)