Bits: 2400 Avios with Tesco Mobile, Qatar Airways launches Cardiff!

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2,400 Avios with a new Tesco Mobile phone

If you’re looking for a, possibly spare or second, mobile phone, Tesco Mobile has a new offer.  Buy any of these six phones and you will receive 1,000 bonus Clubcard points, worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club miles.

The phones start at £69.  I’m not an expert on this but there might be some eBay resale potential here too.  Full details are in this Shopper Points article.

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Qatar Airways to launch services from Cardiff Wales Airport

Qatar Airways had promised the announcement of a “ground-breaking experience for passengers” at Arabian Travel Market this week, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for something this ground-breaking.

Qatar Airways is launching services from Cardiff Wales Airport in 2018.  Cardiff joins San Francisco, Kiev and Lisbon among 12 new cities earmarked for services.  There is no word of whether the Welsh Assembly has oiled the wheels with a route support deal or what aircraft type will be used.  Qatar does occasionally use short-haul planes for connections from second-tier airports.

Qatar Airways is, of course, a oneworld partner airline which means that you can earn and redeem Avios points, and earn British Airways tier points, when flying with Qatar.

Anyone expecting exceptionally cheap deals may be disappointed though.  The Qatar / British Airways partnership deal, under which the two airlines share the revenue from services on both airlines between the UK and Doha, may well restrict the ability to discount to the levels we have seen in Europe.

If you want to know about other Avios redemption ideas from outside London, this HFP article looks at Avios flights from UK regional airports.

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  1. Just a quick question for anyone in th know, today I was booked on dxb-doh-bhx (on business and first) Thanks you qatar the first leg was late coming in and we missed the doh-bhx. As a result they transferred us to doh-mun-bhx. (The last leg being with Lufthansa but all booked through qatar on the same 6 digit flight reference code.

    What are the chances that we will get an extra 40 tier points for the last leg.

    • Nil, even if the flight had a Qatar flight number, because oneworld goes on operating carrier. The only exception is Qantas-coded Emirates flights.

      Whether Qatar can make BA give you 40 TP ….. I don’t know.

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