We ran a long article on Monday covering some of the great business class deals offered by Qatar Airways during their current sale. Remember that these flights all earn Avios and BA tier points.
Some of the best deals involved flying from Stockholm. Good fares included:
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
A few other good options have come to light since then. This page of the Qatar website shows the good deals available from Italy.
I was particularly interested in:
Pisa to Delhi – €1,009 (£875)
Pisa to Kuala Lumpur – €1,465 (£1,270)
Pisa to Maldives – €1,480 (£1,283)
Pisa to Seoul – €1,249 (£1,083)
Pisa to Shanghai – €1,259 (£1,091)
Pisa to Tokyo – €1,432 (£1,241) (drops to €1,190 / £1,031 when two travel)
Venice to Bangkok – €1,185 (£1,027)
These prices are based on one person travelling. A couple will pay less due to the discount offered for two tickets. You may also get an extra discount by using promo code VISA during the booking process.
You are obviously building in quite a diversion to travel to Asia via Venice or Pisa, but if you are relatively time rich and cash poor, have a sense of adventure or are simpy desperate for a British Airways Silver card at very low cost, these deals are for you.
Or try Cairo …..
If you are REALLY adventurous there are also some jaw-dropping prices out of Cairo although people are finding them difficult to price up. I found business class flights to Johannesburg for under £700 which did price. Melbourne comes up very easily at E£29,000 which is £1,275.
Whatever your view on the security situation in Cairo, it is unlikely to trouble you. There is a brand new terminal now open and, attached to it, a brand new Le Meridien hotel. Even if you need to stay overnight you do not need to leave the airport, although personally I think it would be a huge shame not to visit the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum.
Flights to Cairo for cash are not cheap so it would make more sense to pair it with an Avios redemption.
The Egyptian deals in the Qatar Airways sale are listed here. There are 22 Egyptian Pounds to £1.
Or try Sofia …..
Bulgaria is another option for business class deals if you want to try something new. How about:
Sofia to Bangkok – €990 (£858)
Sofia to Zanzibar – €1,030 (£893)
Sofia to Johannesburg – €1,075 (£932)
Sofia to Beijing – €1,065 (£923)
Sofia to Singapore – €1,115 (£966)
Some of the above are based on two people travelling. The flight from Sofia is on a short-haul A320 but should have a ‘proper’ business class seat like this:
In summary ….
Read my sale article from Monday (click here) to see my thoughts on the different Qatar Airways aircraft and their business class seating.
All of these deals end on 16th January. You must travel by mid December and blackout dates apply as detailed in Monday’s article.
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.)