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Great deal: Qatar Business Class, Prague to Shanghai, for £885 return with 560 BA tier points!

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(EDIT:  Availability at this price has dried up considerably since we published this article on Saturday morning, but there are still pockets of availability.)

Qatar Airways has launched an excellent sale fare between Prague and Shanghai.

(Qatar Airways has a history of launching random sale fares.  My guess is that they find two routes which are under performing, put in a cheap fare between the two via Doha and then let people like Head for Points readers snap them up!)

You need to book this via the Qatar Airways website here.

The fare will come out at 26,040 CZK which is £885.

The easiest way to find dates is to select ‘Premium Only’ on the initial booking page, which drops all the economy results.  You are looking for dates with an outbound fare of 14,000-ish CZK and an inbound fare of 12,000-ish CZK.

The fare is valid for outbound travel until 31st March 2018.

A minimum 7 night stay is required.

You can only fly out Tuesday to Friday and you won’t find the fare available on every day.  I had no problem finding suitable dates though.

What aircraft do I fly?

OK, it isn’t the best Qatar Airways has.

The outbound is a short-haul A320.  You should get this premium seat, which is fine for a six hour flight:

From Doha to Shanghai it is a Boeing 777.   You might get the new Qsuite but the odds are that you will get the old-style seat, which is still fully flat.  It is a good seat for a couple as you can sit side by side.

I reviewed the old Qatar Airways Boeing 777 business class product here.

How many British Airways tier points do I earn?

560 tier points.   Each flight (Prague-Doha, Doha-Shanghai) is 140 tier points.

That is almost enough (600) for a British Airways Executive Club Silver card, although remember that you also need to have flown 4 BA cash one-way flights in your membership year before you are promoted.

You will also earn a huge chunk of Avios back too!

Do I need a visa for Shanghai?

Yes, if you only intend to stay in Shanghai.

No, I think, if you intend to spend less than 144 hours in Shanghai before travelling somewhere else (not in China, not back home).  You can get a transit visa on arrival as long as you can prove you have an onward flight.  We got one of these in Beijing this summer.

(Do get separate advice on this.  I am not sure if holding a return ticket back to Doha – which would NOT be eligible for a transit visa – invalidates you from a transit visa even if you have a nested ticket for, say, Shanghai to Tokyo booked.)

Conclusion

If you are looking for an interesting spot for a winter holiday – and possibly a short break in Prague on the way – then this is an excellent fare.  The fact that you will effectively get a British Airways Silver card as well (just about) is the icing on the cake.

The Qatar Airways website is here if you want to have a look around.

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Comments (42)

  • Nathan says:

    Hope they do a similar priced fare for BKK soon!!

  • The_real_a says:

    You cannot use the 144 visa exemption for this purpose. You must be flying onto a third city, not back to the city you are coming flew in from. Tagging on Hong Kong or Macau are fine as third cities. I have done this a few times already.

    Tourist visa is a very unreasonable 180pounds for 2 years multi entry

  • TOH says:

    Just back from China myself. Worth noting that they no longer offer the single-use one-trip Chinese visa. Minimum is now a two-year visa at £151.00, but the good thing is that it offers unlimited entries.

  • Martin says:

    Seems you can only stay for up to 4 weeks. Is this restriction normal for these kind deals?

  • Tom says:

    O/T – tier points

    I understand if you part pay with Avios you collect TPs (& avios). Purchasing a redemption flight, you are given the option of part paying with cash to reduce the number of Avios to pay – is it the case that you would *not* receive any TPs for this, just like any other reward flight, even though you are paying some cash toward it?

    • Yan says:

      Correct that you get no TP as it is still a redemption ticket. You are basically buying Avios back from BA (rates are route dependent)

    • AndyR says:

      Correct, you would not received any TP’s doing that.

  • AndyR says:

    Looks like fare is gone, its around £2700 now!