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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 (October 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

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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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

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)

  • Planeflyer says:

    The refitted A330/A340s have lie flat seats but they are not the direct aisle access as seen on the 787/350/380. They are comfortable enough (I flew one last night into LHR), but a little tight, especially if you are by thr window, and you have an aisle neighbour. Certainly the poorest seat for longhual, but still not bad. I think they’re the same seats as on the A320 (used on longer routes).

  • TripRep says:

    O/T: I wonder if this chap is going for a full set of One World CEOs…

    To be fair, he took it pretty sportingly. 😀

  • Ralph Taylor says:

    Those Qatar airways web pages are horrendous. The United Kingdom flight filter quite simply does not work, tried it on a number of browsers and weird results. London to Sydney, business and first only, from 9 May 2017 – June 30 gives me Birmingham to Dubai, Economy 16 Aug 2017. There are also tons of typos, both in spelling and dates, e.g. on the France page it states the dates are Periods of travel: from “August 16 to March 20, 2017.” (must mean 2018!)
    So be careful.

    • Crafty says:

      It’s amazingly poor isn’t it. The cross you have to bear for their prices I suppose.

      Is there a third party site one can use to better interrogate Qatar?

  • Darren says:

    So if I’m looking for ex EU to SIN which departure point would give the better aircraft, or is it a case of pot luck?

    • Rob says:

      Qatar website shows aircraft type clearly. Paris has A380, I think Stockholm, Copenhagen have 787, all good.

      • Darren says:

        Thanks Rob, the onward journey from Doha is A350 so all good. My dilemma is comparing this with BA VCE – SIN via LHR but that another story.


  • GP says:

    Any advice for finding fares to HKG or CAN? I need to go to China for work and would far rather do it on Qatar / Finnair / anyone but BA! Hoping to spend around €1800 and would ideally earn Avios!

    • Rob says:

      Search for our article on ITA Matrix and use that, following my instructions. You can search prices from every European major airport in one click.

      • joelyp says:

        I flew to China ex-EU a couple of weeks ago. At the time Pisa and Rome were particularly cheap, but it varies massively so use the Matrix as Rob suggests. Just remember that some flights out of China are just before midnight and some just after, so check both return dates.

  • Waribai says:

    “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. ”

    I get all that. But last Xmas/New Year, we headed to Koh Samui via BKK having bought tickets in the BA sale. BKK-USM was bought separately online. All was fine. The day after we left Koh Samui though the airport shut for two days due to the horrendous storms. Had we hung around any longer we would have missed our return flights back to the UK. My question is, would we have been left to fend for ourselves if we had missed the BKK-LHR flight due to the weather in Koh Samui? If the answer is yes, I’d definitely think twice before doing something like this again!

    • Colin mackinnon says:

      That’s what travel insurance is for.

    • Polly says:

      Waribal, one reasons why we always always coming into,our departure city the morning of the day before we leave on a 241 F from either KUL, SIN or HKG. Or indeed if leaving from HEL or OSL etc on QR. It’s the weather. Would hope travel insurance would cough up in those cases. You would def need to have missed departure cover.

      • Waribai says:

        Yes, good point. All hypothetical as this never happened luckily. But even the morning before wouldn’t have worked as Koh Samui airport was shut for two days! Also, I can only imagine the backlog of flights once travel had resumed. Yes, I guess missed departure cover is the way to go!

  • TGLoyalty says:

    TXL to SIN for £900 with mastercard – limited dates but its there.

    Thought about my date too long and now gone 🙁

  • Sunszajn says:

    Any deals for Hawaii?

    • Smid says:

      I don’t think QR has done many ex-EU westbound sale flights. With the addition of the likes of Cardiff and Dublin, but it tends to be more ex-CAI flights, and then not as far as Hawaii.

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