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Great business deals (Avios earning) with Qatar – Auckland £1440, Tokyo £1193, Bangkok £874

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Qatar Airways has kicked off another round of good business class deals with its third annual ‘Qatar Travel Festival’.

This is a genuinely impressive package:

Cheap business class fares from various European departure points

You can book for travel until 15th December 2017

Qatar Travel Festival

… all of which earn Avios and British Airways tier points (560 return for Asia)

… or, if you credit to Qatar Airways, will earn double QMiles

… and you can win a prize as well in a free draw for all bookers

… and you get an extra discount for paying with Visa when you use promo code VISA

… and you can even travel on the British Airways codeshare service to Doha if you fly from London, although I cannot imagine why you would do this given that Qatar Airways is superior in every respect

You have seven days to book – these deals end on 16th January. That said, availability is restricted and I wouldn’t wait if you are tied to certain dates.

Note that you cannot travel between 15th June – 1st July and 15th August – 10th September 2017.  Additional blackout dates apply in some countries.

Check the minimum stay period which seems to vary from 4-7 days depending on where you start your trip.

From the UK, kids under 12 fly for free, excluding taxes, if you book Economy.

Full details of the Qatar Travel Festival can be found here.

The best fares will not be found from the UK as you can see from the examples below.

Here are a few of the better headline prices.  These deals are all for business class travel via Doha.  They are per person, based on two travelling – single travellers will pay a little more.  In some cases a group of three will pay a little less.

These prices EXCLUDE the additional discount for using the VISA promo code when booking.  This discount does not appear to work for every flight.

These prices are NOT the full list of discounts – they are just random examples I picked out last night.  You can use the country links below to check out prices from other popular starting points.  Stockholm seems to have the best deals, especially when two people travel.

Stockholm to Cape Town – £1,173

Stockholm to Dubai – £763

Stockholm to Hong Kong – £965

Stockholm to Melbourne – £1,835

Stockholm to Tokyo – £1,193

Stockholm to Auckland – £1,440

Helsinki to Bangkok – £918

Helsinki to Bali – £1,391

Helsinki to Phuket – £961

Oslo to Maldives – £1,140

Oslo to Singapore – £1,090

Oslo to Sydney – £1,769

Brussels to Jakarta – £932

Brussels to Perth – £1,864

Brussels to Singapore – £1,335

Copenhagen to Kuala Lumpur – £1,315

Copenhagen to Singapore – £1,240

Copenhagen to Cape Town – £1,310

Paris to Delhi – £1,095

Paris to Tokyo – £1,434

Paris to Shanghai – £1,446

Amsterdam to Adelaide – £1,950

Amsterdam to Bangkok – £874

And for comparison:

UK to Bangkok – £1,440

UK to Bali – £1,550

UK to Singapore – £1,715

UK to Sydney – £2,450

UK to Auckland – £2,475

The German prices were filed late but will be here.

These routes would all – apart from Dubai, Delhi and nd Australia – earn 560 British Airways Executive Club tier points return (140 + 140 + 140 + 140) due to the change of plane in Doha.  That is more than 90% of what you need for a BA Silver card.  Delhi is 140 + 40 + 40 + 140.  Dubai is 140 + 60 + 60 + 140 as the connection books into First Class on a two class plane.

How to pick a departure city

It isn’t all about the long-haul flight price.  You need to add in the cost of getting to your starting point.

More importantly, you need to build in contingency.  You need to arrive early enough to ensure that you won’t miss your connection if your inbound flight is late.  If that means staying overnight, you need to factor in the cost of a hotel.  You may also want to pick an airport with a hotel on the airport to avoid messing about with shuttle buses.

Remember that BA will no longer tag through bags to connecting flights when they are on separate tickets.  If you are checking in a case, you will need to fly London to, say, Stockholm, wait for your case, clear immigration, go to Departures, check in your case and clear security again.  This will take some time.

Here are the links to the Travel Festival pages on the main Qatar European sites:

Qatar Airways UK deals

Qatar Airways Stockholm deals 

Qatar Airways Helsinki deals 

Qatar Airways Germany deals 

Qatar Airways Oslo deals 

Qatar Airways Denmark deals

Qatar Airways Paris deals

Qatar Airways Amsterdam deals  

Qatar Airways Brussels deals 

As ever with Qatar, you should keep an eye on the aircraft.  The most modern seats are on the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Airbus A380 fleet.  I think that the full A330 fleet has been refitted now too.  The newer planes have a 1-2-1 herringbone layout where passengers faces away from each other.  

The Boeing 777 aircraft are fully flat but have a different 2 x 2 x 2 layout, albeit that a replacement for this will be announced at ITB Berlin in March (we’ll be there to check it out).  Qatar also uses short-haul planes on some European routes but these are configured with ‘proper’ business class seats.

Here are my Qatar Airways seat and lounge reviews – you will see that I am very positive about them:

You can book your Qatar Travel Festival deals on this special site here.  Remember to enter the promo code VISA for the additional discount.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(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.)

Comments (198)

  • ee says:

    I’m booked – we couldn’t decide between Seoul and Auckland but went for Auckland in April/May.

    The sweet spot for our dates was out from Oslo, back to Stockholm. Layovers perfect at ~2 hours each way, B787 on the European legs. Priced out at £2660.70 for 2.

    Expected earnings 30020 Avios + 600 TP each.

    • daftboy says:

      Nice price – a simple OSL out and return to AKL came to ca. £2880 for 2 for me (ca. £1440 pp) which I was quite pleased with to get all the way to NZ in comfort. We’ll head to OSL the night before and have a morning and some lunch in Oslo before heading off, which I am also looking forward to!

  • Ammar says:

    First time I have booked business class tickets, let alone pay this much for flights. I think I have got a bargain, but OH moaning re changes. Got BRU-CGK for 2 ppl for 1988 in April, booked it for my honeymoon, granted you have to start in BRU but luckily flights from midlands directly there and we get dreamliner on all journeys with QR. I also used our trail finders offer and got £400 back so worked out for 1600 which I think is good – just posting for some reassurance as first time doing something like this

    • the real harry1 says:

      I’m sure you’re marrying the right broad as most of ours don’t get it either but they’re not exactly thick

    • Polly says:

      Ammar, which trail finders offers? Is it on Amex? Not letters complete our booking anytime, think it may be we are abroad. Bummer.

      • Rob says:

        £200 off £1000 but hit registration limit quickly.

        • Polly says:

          Thanks, unreal probs trying to book out here. Not even getting to the payments page!

          • Polly says:

            Finally, after 1hr and 47m on skype, God bless it’s, to QR polish centre, got our flights sorted. Got the ph no if anyone needs to store it. Best ever secret ph no it’s an 020. Seems like QR doesn’t like iPads nor Samsung phones. So it’s Hel to Hkt to Hel. Looking forward to our mini city break there. £960 pp and just 1-2 hr transfers so well pleased, plus best planes all sectors. She even booked our seats. Row 2, in case they ran out of brut or nice food by row 3 dansky! Ha ha.

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  • ee says:

    Someone mentioned Seuol up thread. We found good fares ex BUD, return to various places including Paris on A380.

  • Alistair Todd says:

    For example – an economy promo price LHR to Seychelles for £646, of which £286 is tax… A long way from free.

  • David Lindstrom says:

    Booked for ARN-CPT return for two @ £1200pp and also won Qatar gold status in their price draw so pretty good value.

  • Lewis Jones says:

    Have been looking at their economy pricing last few days. Just bought 2x tickets from MAN-HKG, SIN-MAN for £678, thanks to Amex Travel cardmember offer, £50 off £200 spend in Amex Travel. The VISA code was only saving about £15 at this end of the plane. Both Qatars website and Expedia were more expensive than Amex Travel. Happy days.

  • Nick says:

    Just about to book ARN-DXB £2264 for two adults and a 3 year old…..oh and the 18k AVIS avios have posted …..result for £39!

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