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Last chance to enter our Scotland competition
If you haven’t entered already, today is the last chance to enter our Chivas Regal whisky competition.
One reader will win an exclusive VIP visit to the Strathisla distillery in the Scottish Highlands, the home of Chivas Regal, for two people. Flights or train tickets, hotel, transfers and spending money will all be provided.
New Qatar Airways sale and 10% off code
Qatar Airways has been running another sale over the last few days. Until 19th September – Tuesday – you can book sale fares for travel before 31st May 2018.
This sale is not as good as previous sales, although if you need to book something this week it’s worth taking a look at the fares.
Here are a few examples of good prices for flights from Europe.
Venice – Bangkok for €1333 (£1173)
Berlin – Kuala Lumpur for €1461 (£1284)
Sofia – Shanghai for 2524 BGN (£1135)
Stockholm – Singapore for 16049 SEK (£1483)
Stockholm – Auckland for 22233 SEK (£2054)
Pisa – Johannesburg for €1725 (£1516)
Zurich – Tokyo for 2328 CHF (£1784)
Qatar has also released a special promo code for the duration of the sale giving an additional 10% off the base fare, excluding taxes, in Economy or Business. This code is only valid on flights from the UK so it won’t help make extra savings on any of the deals above.
You must enter the code UKGTBHOP in the fare search box. The Qatar Airways sale page is here.
The comments below suggest that code QSUITE may work on departures which are not from the UK – it is worth a try although I have no idea what the rules are for that code.
Remember that Qatar Airways tickets earn Avios and British Airways tier points as they are members of the oneworld alliance. A business class flight from Europe to Asia is usually 560 tier points (4 flights x 140 points each) as long as each flight, changing in Doha, is over 2000 miles. That is 90% of your way to a British Airways Executive Club Silver card.
Cathay Pacific is having a sale too
Cathay Pacific is also running a sale at the moment but it does not look very exciting, at least in Business Class. You have to book by 20th September for travel until 6th June 2018.
The only fare that looks interesting is the London – Taipei flight for £2289.
They’re also doing Tokyo for £2419, but the Qatar flight from Zurich I mentioned above looks more attractive if you don’t mind positioning in Europe.
Cathay Pacific is a oneworld member so these fares also earn Avios and British Airways tier points.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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.
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:
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:
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.)