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Qatar sale: Stockholm to Auckland, business, for £1500 to December – & earns 600 BA tier points

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I dropped this in as an extra article because I didn’t anyone booking the Copenhagen to Auckland fare (£2,300) that I wrote about in our main Qatar Airways sale feature today without seeing this.

As mentioned in the comments to that article there is an exceptionally good business class fare between Stockholm and Auckland currently available.

This is not part of the main sale and is valid for travel until mid December.

As you can see from the screenshot below, it comes out at 17,368 Swedish Krona:

Qatar Airways Auckland deal

…. which is £1,522 return.

You must use the promo code MASTERCARD – outlined on this page of the Qatar site – to get this price.  It is a couple of hundred pounds more expensive otherwise.

The fare rules appear to be:

Book by 3rd May

Complete travel by 15th December (10th December if using the MASTERCARD promo code)

Minimum stay 5 days

Maximum stay 1 month

No travel 27th June to 27th July or 1st August to 15th August

Ticket is cancellable for a penalty of US$800 (double check this during the booking process – whatever the Qatar site shows is what counts)

You should earn 600 British Airways tier points for this itinerary which is enough for a British Airways Silver card – although you would still need to have taken 4 cash British Airways flights during your current tier point year before you are upgraded.

Between Stockholm and Doha you get a brand new Boeing 787I reviewed that business class product here and the official Qatar 787 page is here.  Between Doha and Auckland you will get an older Boeing 777 – I reviewed that business class product here – but if you very lucky and travel late in the year it might have been refitted with the amazing new QSuite.

Remember that British Airways will no longer check through baggage to other airlines.  If you are transferring on the same day from London leave enough time to collect your luggage, go landside and recheck it.  Coming back, Qatar Airways should check it through to London even if that is on a separate ticket.

The Qatar / Stockholm offers page is here.  Full details of the Mastercard promo code are here.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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 (58)

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  • rick says:

    Marriott Travel Package (Via SPG Points)

    1. When do you get airlines miles? Just after booking or only after you have consumed the stay? Presume it is later
    2. Has anyone used it to book stay for a family (say 2 Adults + 2 Children under 12)? Again, I presume it probably depends on individual hotel but I am looking at Florida for Disney land

    • Matthew says:

      When you ‘order’ a travel package, they just give you a 7 night certificate in your account for the category of hotel you decide and then you are free to use it against a booking for the next 12 months. Best to go for a cat1-5 and then upgrade using the difference in mileage packages when you know what category of hotel you wish to stay in. Some hotels will accept 2 adults and 2 children in one room, you can check this just searching for rooms at a hotel for points. And don’t forget, you can book a room before your get the hotel certificate in order to reserve your ideal dates. You then just apply the certificate to that booking later. Be careful to watch out for cancellation policies, even on points, as sometimes they can charge £££ plus forfeit of points.

      Lastly, the miles are ordered at the same time as your hotel certificate and sent to the airline you want within a few days. I ordered my travel package a few months ago. The hotel certificate appears immediately and the miles posted a few days later.

      • Matthew says:

        I plan to boost my cat 1-5 hotel certificate for a cat 9 one by redeeming 120,000 more Marriott points and using next year 🙂

        • Roger says:

          If one was to get AA MILES with current 25% bonus conversion from hotel points (started today finishing in JUNE) does that also apply to travel packages air miles?

          • Rob says:

            Should do, it does when BA runs the same promo

          • Roger says:

            Thanks Rob.
            Might seriously consider buying SPG points with a view to buy travel package.

  • Sohan says:

    Am on a 3+ hrs delayed BA flight that I paid for with Avios; anyone know if EU compensation possible for reward flights such as this? Thanks

  • ben says:

    I bought last night return on business from Sweden to Thailand for 2 adults, 1 child and an infant for only £2,800. From Heathrow to Stockholm we will fly Economy with BA using 31,500 Avios and £115. Given the Avios we will collect on the flight with QA, the BA flight is practically free. I am quite pleased.

    • the real harry1 says:

      nice one, beats Benidorm – logically you cannot actually call the BA Avios flight free but I’ll let that pass 🙂

    • S878 says:

      Which part of Thailand and roughly what dates if you don’t mind. Mine are showing very high prices for end of October.

  • Yasminah says:

    Hi Rob (and others),

    I booked a flight using my MasterCard (Supercard) from Paris to Maldives for c.1250 GBP but got a payment verification email after the flight seemed to be confirmed. After calling twice they said they couldn’t accept a screenshot from the app as I needed to show the card. I am worried about turning up at the airport to verify my card. Firstly, because if they don’t accept it – I would have booked and paid for accommodation by then which is non-refundable and much more expensive. Secondly, as it’s too stressful to have to wait for fine confirmation to the date of travel. Also I am worried they won’t accept a Supercard (even though for practical reasons it’s a MasterCard it’s a hybrid). Any advice? Thanks

    • Rob says:

      They will accept the card, I don’t see why not. Even if they want you to pay again on something else, just seeing the original will be OK. As long as your ticket is still alive and well you’re fine. Perhaps download the MyFlights app if you don’t use it already – it will check the status of your booking daily and email you with any changes.

      • Alan says:

        Or if you don’t use iOS (or don’t want to install the app) you can also use the web-based version that will still email of changes – h – amazing tool! 🙂

        • Yasminah says:

          Thanks Rob and Alan,

          have registered with MyFlights and all confirmed. They were very cryptic on calling them about credit card verification. I need to show my card at the airport but there will be an email in 3-5 days.

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