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Bits: new Avios-earning Qatar business deals from £836 (£1660 Oz), Business Traveller deal

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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.

Hotel offers update – December 2022:

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Want to buy hotel points?

  • IHG One Rewards is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points by 29th December 2022. Click here to buy.
  • Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 25% discount when you buy points by 20th December 2022. Click here to buy.

Comments (98)

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  • JamesB says:

    “Brussels to Johannesburg €214”

    Everybody and their granny will be wanting this one 🙂

  • JamesB says:

    OT amex offers: In addition to the superdrug offer Harry reported yesterday, I’m now seeing £10 off £40 @ topshop and topman, and £5 off £50 at Esso which is first 9000 cards only.

    • kevino says:

      What is OT Amex?

      • Matt says:

        A semi-colon might help: OT [off topic, a pre-emptive apology for dragging conversation away from the topic at hand]; amex offers [here are some useful American Express cardholder offers which popped up today].

        I have too much time on my hands.

        • the real harry1 says:

          that Esso offer seems a bit rare but got 1 on Gold main

          • Ro says:

            Any ideas on how to add offer on other cards you hold in the same AMEX online account?

          • Ro says:

            It’s also every time use so if you have bills to pay using paypoint and Esso has paypoint at the location, you could be in luck.

          • the real harry1 says:

            yep I tried it on Blue using the offer ID and it was rejected

          • JP says:

            Yes pretty rare, only got on BA Blue on my account and not Gold or nectar, my wife does not have it at all.

    • Zoe says:

      So I think I recall buying some gift cards in an Esso with Tesco attached. My car is only a Fiat 500 so won’t fit £50 of fuel. For some reason I’m less inspired by £5 off than I would be by an extra 500 Avios.

  • kevino says:

    Does anyone know if the 4 BA flights that are required for tier membership have to be paid flights, or do avios flights count too?

  • kevino says:

    What is OT Amex?

  • TheRealJamesB! says:

    OT: When upgrading from Amex Gold to Platinum, are Amex still charging the £450 on the anniversary of the the Good card or are they now billing straight away? Thanks in advance.

    • Matt says:

      I upgraded in June and haven’t been charged. I think some have reported being charged straightaway though so might be pot luck.

    • Polly says:

      James l am really confused. Which of you was James67…the helpful expert on Thailand ! Are you there atm. How is the Bali sit…l know it’s OT…but relevant to this qr sale…

      • JamesB says:

        Hi Polly Janes67>JamesB who recommended you Hat Yai and Pathalung. Not using any other name nor have I done so, you can draw your own conclusions! In Satun at moment, only thing I have seen on Bali is on the BBC. Anybodies guess I suppose but it would seem they have real concerns given people have been evacuated.

        • Polly says:

          Good to know, guessed from your comments. Yes, we do plan to do that Thailand trip etc you advised, at some point.

          • JamesB says:

            Hat Yai has gone downhill a little Polly but beach at Songkhla is still awesome. If you really want to get away from it all Koh Lipe in Andaman Sea is gorgeous.

        • Polly says:

          Thanks James, all noted for future trip…

    • Rob Brown says:

      Was the anniversary of Gold for me – but as others have said may be hit and miss. And I don’t know if they would charge you if you tried to cancel before.

    • Graeme says:

      I upgraded around March time and was charged in August, sadly.

      • JP says:

        What would be interesting is if you cancelled would the pro rata refund per from March or August….

      • Michael Jennings says:

        I am not sure that five months free would make me sad.

        • Andrew M says:

          But are we sure it is free? Per my question below, will Amex come after it retrospectively upon cancellation? (At least if cancelling within that 5 month period!)

          • Louise says:

            Not in my experience. No charges after cancellation

          • Jay says:

            Likewise here. Upgraded from Gold to Plat earlier this year and was not charged at all. Had the Plat card for about 3-4 months.

    • Andrew M says:

      Has anyone here upgraded Gold->Plat, not been charged annual fee straightaway, then cancelled (or downgraded) after the first month but still before any annual fee was charged? If so, did Amex try to charge at that point (i.e. time of cancellation) the annual fee for period of platinum held? Thanks!

      • Matt says:

        No – just done that with no fee charged.

        • Temp says:

          Oh dear. Sounds like I have really messed up here. I am not a ‘churner’ but do plan to upgrade my GC to Plat just before the anniversary. I assumed you were charged the £450 the moment you upgraded… Is this not correct? Sounds like I will be charged straight away anyway!

          • Alan says:

            It’s meant to be charged straight away – doesn’t always seem to happen but I wouldn’t bet on it!

  • Martin CC says:

    Anyone seen any Qatar business seats to Aukland in sale? I tried searching but I could only do it by selecting each European city individually and after a few obvious ones gave up. Anyone know how to get to see all Europe to Aukland flights in one search?

  • totaltool says:

    Slightly O/T but QATAR related. I have some business class flights booked next year Edinburgh to Sydney return. Never flown with them before. How do I collect Avios (as seems to be possible based on this article). I thought I got Qmiles which could not be converted easily to Avios. Also would anyone have any idea how many Tier Points and Avios two returns would achieve. Chase the latter but never bothered with the former. Might be worth doing.

  • N says:

    OT: Booking internal flights for my trip to SA in January. Flying in and out of JNB (on a 2-4-1) in F (first First!). We’ve got two days in Kruger booked, so need to get to HDS, then basing ourselves in CPT for the rest of the trip. Looking at the following;

    JNB-HDS – SA Express
    HDS-CPT – CemAir
    CPT-JNB – Safair, Kulula or ComAir.

    The final CPT-JNB flight will be on the day of our return to the UK. Flying back on BA0054 (take off at 2150). Do we gain anything by booking with ComAir in terms of connection protection, checking through luggage, etc? Or should we just book ourselves on a morning flight and either bosh out a day in Johannesburg or chill in a lounge of some sort for the day?

    • Rob says:

      Legally, no. Morally, you would have more chance of being helped if Comair caused your delay.

      • N says:

        It’s pretty much double the cost to fly ComAir vs Kulula, or the same price, but plus 3,200 OB points. I don’t think I trust BA enough to put that sort of money/points down on a *maybe*

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