Bits: new Avios-earning Qatar business deals from £836! (£1660 SYD/MEL), Business Traveller deal

News in brief:

New Qatar Airways business class deals – TODAY ONLY

Qatar Airways launched another (yes, another) business class sale yesterday.

The UK sale fares are here and are OK but nothing to get excited about.  This runs until Friday.

Things are better in Europe but in Europe it is a 48-hour sale which ends TODAY.  Digging around, these appear to be the highlights from elsewhere in Europe:

Berlin to Cape Town €1,991  (more German deals here)

Berlin to Chiang Mai €1,749 

Brussels to Bali €1,671 (more Belgian deals here)

Brussels to Delhi €1,889 

Brussels to Johannesburg €2,144

Frankfurt to Windhoek €1,473

Prague to Bangkok 32,896 CZK (£1,108)  (more Czech deals here)

Sofia to Singapore 2,299 BGN (£1,030)  (more Bulgarian deals here)

Sarajevo to Kuala Lumpur €1092

Sarajevo to Guangzhou €954

Stockholm to Sydney or Melbourne 18,157 SEK (£1,660)  (more Sweden deals here)

Stockholm to Singapore 13,206 SEK (£1,207) 

These flights are for travel by 28th February.  You cannot travel between 15th December and 10th January.

Note that some of these destination, eg Sarajevo, involve a short-haul A320 to Doha, albeit with a ‘proper’ business class seat.

Most of these deals will earn 560 British Airways tier points (4 x 140 given the plane change in Doha) as each leg is over 2,000 miles.  That is 90% of the 600 required for a British Airways Silver card, albeit you also need to fly 4 BA flights in your membership year.  Australasia routes earn 600 tier points.

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

Here are links to my Qatar Airways business class seat reviews: Qatar Airways (non-Qsuite) 777 businessQatar Airways 787 businessQatar Airways A380 business

You can book these deals on the Qatar Airways site here.

Qatar Airways sale

Last week to earn Avios from Business Traveller – and get free GHA Platinum status

Business Traveller magazine is ending its partnership with Avios this week.  If you didn’t think there was any reason to subscribe, because you always pick one up in the airport, read on ….

Until 30th September, new subscribers will earn:

  • 400 Avios on a one-year £34 subscription
  • 1,200 Avios on a two-year £65 subscription
  • 2,400 Avios on a three-year £90 subscription

You can sign up here.

One reason for subscribing to Business Traveller is that you will get a year of Platinum status with Global Hotel Alliance for free.

If you have a stay at a GHA hotel coming up, especially at a resort, it may be worth subscribing for a year just to get this benefit.  Once your subscription is confirmed, you need to sign up for Business Traveller Plus VIP membership here and claim your GHA Platinum status as well as various other benefits.

Full details of the 35 hotel brands (!) who are part of Global Hotel Alliance, and the benefits you get from Platinum, are in this HFP article.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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Comments

  1. the real harry1 says:

    last 2 started Sept then March so could be along soon

  2. Are there generally any trip duration rules for Qatar sales? Been having a play just to try and compare how much it would have cost me if I’d gone for a Qatar sale fare instead of booking with avios, but I’m struggling to find sale fares on any dates that would have allowed for my trip duration.
    So I’m wondering if there’s an unspoken 2-week rule on these sale fares that it’d be good to flag.

    • There probably is – the issue is that they may file different rules for each country and it is too painful to go through them all, especially as it involves using the ITA Matrix tool to get at them.

  3. Still holding out for another amazing deal to BKK, hopefully in the Jan sale they run each year! Got it for around the £850 mark ex-eu previously!

  4. OT: Amex. I applied for a supplementary card on a Gold MR account back in the summer, the offer was 3000 MR points. 4 weeks later I chased up the points and was told it would take 60 days, just asked again today and told 90 days! Is this Amex trying to keep accounts open for longer and reduce churning?

    • When I added a supp card on my gf’s PRGC back in July the points posted within a couple of days so not sure why they are giving you the run around

    • steven laity says:

      I had the same. Applied for supplementary card for 3000 bonus was told it would arrive in 10 days. 3 weeks later still no card or points. Rang and chased up and said they had no record of it. So did again with them on the phone then.
      Still waiting on points and been given similar time frame as you

    • I’ve chased twice recently – once via the call centre and once via chat. On both times I was told 60 days.

  5. Booked flights to auckland and back from Sydney and on the way back we have 12 hrs in Doha. Is it possible to leave the airport? Do we need a visa? This will be mid February. Thanks

    • They have free visa on arrival at the moment.

    • and if you stay 12 or more hours you get a free 5 start hotel stay (usually valued around 150GBP) if you fly business (4 star in economy)

  6. I’d be wary of leaving any balance there. IMO cash now is better than the prospect of a good avios deal later / balance being removed.

  7. AMS – BKK is fairly wide open with BA in CW for £1256. Throw some Avios at it to lower the price further if required.

    https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#search;f=AMS,ZYA;t=BKK,DMK;d=2018-04-14;r=2018-04-21;sc=b;q=flights

  8. OT (as bits): Tesco are now giving an extra 1 clubcard point per £4 spent when using Pay+ (previously PayQwiq) until 14th January

  9. Vin Schmallhausen says:

    Do you get the GHA Status for the duration of the subscription? Ie a 3 year sub = 3 years status?

  10. Does anyone know if I will be allowed in the Al Mourjan lounge when the QR flight is a code share with BA.
    I booked a trip from LHR to KUL in J on the Qatar website but the last leg from DOH to KUL is operated by BA (it’s QR5943).

    I know sometimes the women at the escalators can be a bit funny and might send me to the Oryx lounge instead.

  11. Anthony Dunn says:

    Err Rob, sorry but this is not merely a pedantic point. We ARE in Europe! I think what you meant to say was “continental Europe”….

    “Fog in Channel, continent cut off…” anyone?

  12. So happy I got the TXL-KUL sale last week for 1350EUR to fly this week! Qatar is constantly doing sales. At these prices and with the new Q-suites (and free 5 star hotel layovers) they are going to kill the market!

  13. Firstly, I hope I have posted in the correct place?

    I will be transiting Doha with an overnight stay for the first time next week. As I only have 12 hours I want to maximise sleep time at the Hotel so don’t want to get it wrong and waste time. Can anyone who has done this advise how its done? For example do I just exist the airport as a normal arrival via immigration or do I need to collect some paperwork and to do so via transit passenger lanes?

    Appreciate any advice.

    Thanks