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If it only feels like last week that Qatar Airways had a major sale, it is because it was.

A new sale is now live.  The good news is that this one has a substantially wider travel window.  You can fly from 16th August 2017 to 20th March 2018.

The deals from the UK must be booked by 15th May.  The more attractive deals out of Europe must be booked by either 15th May or 22nd May, depending on where you start.

Qatar Travel Festival

Full details of the UK business class deals can be found here.  These deals are not bad, to be fair, with Asia around £1800 – £2000.  The cheapest departures are from Edinburgh.  London, Manchester and Birmingham are also available.

The best fares will not be found from the UK, however, 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.

These prices EXCLUDE the additional discount for using the promo code MASTERCARD when booking which is still running.  This code runs until 21st May so take note if you are looking to book from a sale city where the discounts run until 22nd May.

These prices are NOT the full list of discounts – they are just random examples I picked out.  You can use the country links below to check out prices from other popular starting points.  The best deals are spread out this time so there is no ‘slam dunk’ choice of the cheapest place to start your trip.

Stockholm to Dubai – £968

Stockholm to Krabi – £1,121

Oslo to Auckland – £1,633

Oslo to Cape Town – £1,356

Oslo to Maldives – £1,248

Helsinki to Krabi – £1,107

Helsinki to Dubai – £833

Frankfurt to Windhoek – £1,078

Berlin to Kuala Lumpur – £1,137

Berlin to Cape Town – £1,289

Berlin to Singapore – £1,277

Berlin to Melbourne – £2,005

Copenhagen to Auckland – £1,676

Copenhagen to Singapore – £1,246

Nice to Tokyo – £1,340 (excellent price for Tokyo)

Paris to Sydney – £2,213

The longer routes would earn 560 British Airways Executive Club tier points return (140 + 140 + 140 + 140) due to the change of plane in Doha.  Auckland is 600 tier points.  560 points is more than 90% of what you need for a BA Silver card.  Dubai is 140 + 60 + 60 + 140 as the connection books into First Class on a two class plane.  Remember, though, that you still need to have taken 4 British Airways flights for cash in your current tier point year before you will be upgraded.

Get a free hotel if you stopover in Doha

Until 30th September, Qatar Airways will give you a free hotel stay if you choose to stop in Doha on the way.

There are two options:

First and Business Class passengers get one free night in a 5-star hotel (add a 2nd night for $50 per room)

Economy passengers get one free night in a 4-star hotel (add a 2nd night for $50 per room)

Full details are on the Qatar Airways website here.

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 sale pages on the main Qatar European sites:

Qatar Airways UK deals

Qatar Airways Stockholm deals 

Qatar Airways Helsinki deals 

Qatar Airways Oslo deals 

Qatar Airways Denmark deals

Qatar Airways Germany deals

Qatar Airways Italy deals

Qatar Airways France 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.  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:

There is always an element of ‘needle in a haystack’ with these sales, but if your plans for the Autumn or next Spring are not yet firm it is worth popping over to the Qatar Airways website and seeing if there is anything interesting.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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

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

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

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British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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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

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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 (80)

  • Kathryn says:

    Woo! It was a year ago this week I booked my QR Auckland flights. Travel dates still miss Easter next year, so may hold off for a bit longer.

    • e14 says:

      Check the Italian dates …

    • Robby says:

      Why would anyone want to go to Auckland?

      • the real harry1 says:

        because it’s the main airport into NZ?

        then on to Bay of Islands, Coromandel Peninsula, lots of other great bits up there?

  • Jordan says:

    Do you know if the return trip needs to be completed by 20th March or just fly the first leg by 20th March?

  • Ant says:

    Not even sure if they are already running, but has anyone been on the Doha to Auckland direct flight? How was it? Worried too long on a plane even in business

    • Alex W says:

      I shall be doing AKL-DOH on Saturday… Will report back!

    • BlackBerryAddict says:

      I was on it a couple of weeks ago. It is a long flight, but perfectly doable in business. The dine on demand offering really helps.

      • Kevin says:

        I did it in March/April and it was absolutely fine. The service, choice of tv/films/music and, as BBA says, dine on demand make it an easy flight to endure. For the last couple of hours, people started to get a little “twitchy” I thought (me included) but I’d have no hesitation in doing it again. Enjoy!

      • Stu R says:

        +1, we did it in March – great service and the only way to do such a long journey!

  • Gavin says:

    Shame no 241 sale, I’m after flights for honeymoon (probably to Maldives)

    • TripRep says:

      Gav – What time of year you thinking of, any particular resort?

      • Gavin says:

        Mid September. Not picked a resort yet. I have Hilton Gold via a status match though no points and could get 2 Free nights via the credit so Rangali is possible.

        • Gavin says:

          Replied too quickly… however not sure we can handle the cash room prices for Rangali.

          • TripRep says:

            I wouldn’t boither with cash at Rangali. Have a look at Vilamendhoo for a cash booking. Or walk in your local trailfinders for their opinion. Hope you get something suitable.

          • Erico2875 says:

            MEERU has lovely villas with hot tubs and is more affordable

          • James A says:

            Agree have stayed at Meeru and it is very nice considering the cost!

        • Geoff says:

          Have a look at Komandoo (dot com). Small, no kids, no shoes required.

        • Jon Arnold says:

          Also consider the Anantara Veli or Dhigu resorts. 30 mins by speedboat from the airport so no waiting around for the seaplane. And it is a 3 island in one resort giving lots of restaurant options. And various beaches to choose from too. Some of those Maldives islands are tiny and offer few options. With kids go to Dhigu but if you’re without kids Veli is better, or if you want to splash out try Naladhu.

  • Court says:

    £768 to DXB from HEL with MASTERCARD inc free stopover hotel on the outbound… That’s bally tempting.

  • Alex says:

    Anyone else noticed the 549 Euros from HEL to NRT? Must be a glitch? I’m checking anyway but have no idea how to search for the right dates efficiently!

    • Rob says:

      That’s an error. Qatar has done this before – it seems that those pricing pages are automatically generated and sometimes it pulls in the wrong figure.

      • Andrew says:

        Same with BA showing a 7 night beach holiday for over £2m last week in the luxury sale!

    • Andy says:

      It does seem a bit odd that they would offer business for 50 euros less than economy… I did some quick searching and €549 came up as an economy route, not sure if that means anything.

    • william merrett says:

      Don’t rule a bargain out completely, I’m sure last time a very short flash sale popped up with sub EUR700 tokyo fares, had to be quick though as it lasted only a matter of a few hours.

  • Ammar says:

    OT – Straw poll –
    1) Looking to book AVios 241 Redemption to Beijing/Tokyo Next Easter with return via HKG – not sure if better to travel Club in 787 or 777 or splash out for First in 777 to Beijing?
    2) Is the seat nicer or more like the QR Business product in FIrst?
    3) Anyone flown to Beijing recently First vs Club – preference?
    4) Also how much extra do you pay for seat reservations in Business class? I presume it is complimentary in First

    • joelyp says:

      Amman, there is no First on Beijing flights. Seems only to be on CDG and LHR to Doha legs. Very nice product, though.

      Just back from Beijing in business, good product although not as nice as their Dreamliner or A380 seats.

  • DaveP says:

    Perhaps I am being obtuse? I can only see flights up until June or Nov 2017 when clicking on links from this page. Can’t see any March 2018 end dates.

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