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Great Qatar Airways business class deal …. with a catch

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Regular readers of Head for Points will know that Qatar Airways comes up with some exceptional deals from time to time.

As Qatar Airways is a oneworld alliance partner, you will earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly them.

The latest deal, on the face of it, could have great potential if you have time on your hands – Business Class to Dubai for £453 (€520) return.

The good news is that price is easy to find on most dates between now and 15th December.

The bad news comes in two parts:

You need to start your trip in Bucharest and book Bucharest-Dubai via Doha

Bucharest to Doha is only 1,951 miles

The cut-off for earning long-haul British Airways tier points is 2,000 miles.  As Bucharest to Doha is just under this threshold, you only earn 40 tier points each way for the long-haul flights as opposed to 140 tier points each way.

It still isn’t a bad deal, because you’d get First Class tier points for the Doha to Dubai connection.  200 tier points return for £453 isn’t bad.  However, if it had been 400 tier points return instead it would have been an amazing deal.  It’s not to be, however.

If you fancy trying this one anyway, note that Qatar Airways uses a short haul aircraft so you’ll be getting their – still decent – ‘regional’ Business Class seat instead – see below.  You can book on the Qatar Airways site here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

30,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

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 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year 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.

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