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

(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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  1. Anyone mind sharing the OfferId for the Esso offer please?

    • the real harry1 says:

      I can share it but not on a public board, you’d need to stick up an email address or your HUKD ID would work

      (we sort of decided not to stick the offerIDs on HFP)

      though I tried it earlier & it didn’t work Gold—>Blue

  2. O/T I am right in thinking that Avios are taken at the time of booking from my BAEC account? Spent a rather large chunk yesterday and they are still there…

    • BlueHorizonUK says:

      Can take a few days for them to disappear

    • When i have made amendments to bookings over the phone it has required a revised ticket to be processed manually, in which case it can take a couple of weeks for the avios to be taken. But, they will be taken!

  3. Michael C says:

    We’re thinking of LHR-BKK business in late March ’18. Do we know what routes the new “suites” might first appear on? Thanks in advance.

    • Although not comparable on product quality, somebody reported cash fares on TK exLHR for just over £1100 a couple of weeks back. There is possibly the option to stopover in IST 24+ hours on outward journey and save on APD. There have also been a number of big miles and smiles bonuses of late so it might be worth exploring and considering.

      • Michael C says:

        Thanks a million, James! Only did TK on a random GRU-EZE, but it was great.

        • I’m not sure if the fare is still around but I’ve seen £1250ish come and go regularly on TK so keep looking. If you have the amex trailfinders offer you might be able to use that too if the fare can be accessed via a TA. IIRC it was John the original tip came from so thanks is to him or another, just passing on.

          • Michael C says:

            Yep, found 1100 for Easter ’18! Obvs. no Avios, but for that amount of saving for 3 of us, and a decent business class on TK…thanks again!

          • Good stuff. You should get a useful stash of miles and smiles for something too. Worthwhile checking the scheme and other *A partners for best option. Given there are three of you a scheme offering household account might be best.

  4. Normally I would jump on something like this, had a search for during my leave dates of 28dec-4thjan and found next to diddly squat, in fact the Sweden page claims there are no offers on at all!! Cannot find anything for less than 40,000sek, same with Prague, then I gave up.

    • I would expect that those dates are excluded due to Christmas / New Year, even though Qatar does not explicitly say so. You will have noted the Christmas / New Year blackout on the BA World Traveller Plus deal.

    • I have the same problem every year as i always go to Asia at christmas/new year and never been able to find any bargains. It is peak time, even economy flights that can be had in low season for £450 can go for over £1000. Therefore i still place a lot of value on avios points combined with BA 2-4-1 voucher.

  5. the real harry1 says:

    last 2 started Sept then March so could be along soon

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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)

  10. 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.

  11. AMS – BKK is fairly wide open with BA in CW for £1256. Throw some Avios at it to lower the price further if required.;f=AMS,ZYA;t=BKK,DMK;d=2018-04-14;r=2018-04-21;sc=b;q=flights

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