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New Qatar business sale from £976 – good deals, Avios and 560 BA tier points too

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Qatar Airways has launched another sale.  This time, two people need to travel together to get the best deals – although there is an amazing Brisbane deal available for solo travellers.

The key details are:

You can book for travel until 31st May 2018

You must book by 16th October

All fares earn Avios and British Airways tier points (560 return for Asia)

You have six days to book.  That said, availability is restricted and I wouldn’t wait if you are tied to certain dates.

Note that you cannot travel between 15th December and 10th January. Additional blackout dates apply in some countries.

The minimum stay period is 2 days, but that is unlikely to be a problem.

Full details of the Qatar Sale can be found here.

Qatar Travel Festival

The best fares will not be found from the UK as you can see from the examples below.

Here are a few of the better headline prices. These deals are all for business class travel via Doha. They are per person, based on two travelling – single travellers will pay more in theory.  Do check though, as Qatar pricing can be all over the place at times.

These prices are NOT the full list of discounts – they are just random examples I found to be quite good. The prices are a return flight per person based on when two people travel. Best fares seem to be out of Helsinki and Sofia.

Stockholm to Brisbane – SEK 21,451 (£2,015) – although, oddly, this is worse than their astonishing current promo price of SEK 18,044 (£1,695) when just one person books!  Click here for other Stockholm deals

Brussels to Bali – €1,366 (£1,221)   Click here for other Brussels deals

Vienna to Tokyo Narita – €1,693 (£1,513)   Click here for other Vienna deals

Berlin to Johannesburg – €1,324 (£1,183)   Click here for other German deals

Berlin to Jakarta – €1,301 (£1,163)

Helsinki to Bangkok – €1,093 (£977)   Click here for other Helsinki deals

Sofia to Beijing – BGN 2,136 (£976)   Click here for other Sofia deals

Sofia to Singapore – BGN 2,300 (£1,052)

Some of the price examples above are lower than the website promotion page quotes, but they are definitely bookable at the prices we mention above.

And for comparison:

UK to Bangkok – £1,869

UK to Bali – £2,189

UK to Singapore – £2,079

These routes would all – apart from Australasia – earn 560 British Airways Executive Club tier points return (140 + 140 + 140 + 140) due to the change of plane in Doha. That is more than 90% of what you need for a BA Silver card.  Australasia is 600 tier points for a return flight.

How to pick a departure city

It isn’t all about the long-haul flight price. You need to add in the cost of getting to your starting point.

More importantly, you need to build in contingency. You need to arrive early enough to ensure that you won’t miss your connection if your inbound flight is late. If that means staying overnight, you need to factor in the cost of a hotel. You may also want to pick an airport with a hotel on the airport to avoid messing about with shuttle buses.

Remember that BA will no longer tag through bags to connecting flights when they are on separate tickets. If you are checking in a case, you will need to fly London to, say, Stockholm, wait for your case, clear immigration, go to Departures, check in your case and clear security again. This will take some time.

Pick your aircraft as well as your departure city

As ever with Qatar, you should keep an eye on the aircraft. The most modern seats are on the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Airbus A380 fleet. I think that the full A330 fleet has been refitted now too. The newer planes have a 1-2-1 herringbone layout where passengers faces away from each other. The Boeing 777 aircraft are fully flat but have a different 2 x 2 x 2 layout, albeit they will be replaced by the amazing new Qsuite – but that is only on a handful of planes so far.  Qatar Airways also uses short-haul planes on some European routes but these are configured with ‘proper’ business class seats.

Here are my Qatar Airways seat and lounge reviews – you will see that I am very positive about them:

The Qatar website here if you want to have a look at the deals available.  The sale ends on 16th October.

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Comments (60)

  • Mark says:

    Picking an aircraft type with QR isn’t really a sound strategy as they change the metal on their routes frequently. For sure factor it into planning but be prepared for the fact that it is probably going to change.

    • James A says:

      They are notorious for swaps but they seem to be far more consistent these days.

      • Luke says:

        Flying BRU-Doha-NRT and back this week and 2 out of 4 flight are flown on different aircraft than booked originally…obviously for worse…not very happy

        • Curious says:

          That’s a lot of travel in a short timeframe. Any particular reason? TP run or something?

  • Justin says:

    You can get Sarajevo (SJJ) to Guangzhou (CAN) for £859 in November. A320 on the SJJ leg, A380 to CAN.

  • AS1 says:

    Anyone found good deals to Maldives?

    • Elijah says:

      Maldives too risky for me tbh

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Sri Lankan has been doing regular sales (every few weeks) LHR-MLE in Economy for ~£450. It’s actually very decent. 2-4-2 config, so couples get a pair to themselves, brand new aircraft with great IFE, delicious food (especially if you like south asian fare) and attentive service. Feels a bit like how economy used to be before the accountants got to it (you even get metal cutlery!). If you’re Oneworld elite, you get to use the CX lounge at LHR T3 and the offering in CMB is not too bad (although it’s tucked away and quite small, it wasn’t busy, plenty of hot food and good self-service bar selection inc Champagne). They have been selling business at £1.6k or thereabouts but I couldn’t justify a £1.1k premium given how good the economy product is.

  • Prins Polo says:

    I’d also add that Qatar is notorious for schedule adjustments – every time I book a few months in advance, times of most flights moved by 40 minutes here, one hour there, sometimes a little more… This e.g. cut my connection time on separate tickets in MXP last year from 4 hours to 1.5 hours. Most of the time not a big issue, but I try to book my positioning flights with Avios to retain maximum flexibility (and also tend to build in an overnight stay in the ex-EU starting point).

  • Clarence says:

    Watched a great programme last night about concord and wondered if it was still flying would we be able to use a 241. Would be the ultimate redemption.

    • CV3V says:

      Probably, they did sell staff friends and family tickets for it.

      • John says:

        Yes, we did quite a few £500 flights to and from JFK.

        • Dave H says:

          My sister who was a dragon for the original Concorde Lounge took my Dad on one of the last flights, sadly I couldn’t go due to work, for £100 each!

  • Robert says:

    When is Qsuite going to be launched? Will this tie in at all?

  • Eleanor says:

    OT: Looking to earn Avios on foreign currency purchase / paying with BAPP. Is there anything new since this post re Travelex, as the links in the article don’t seem to work any longer?
    Checked on Travelex website and can’t find the option to enter Avios number either. Thanks!

    • Anna says:

      You can get 1 avios per £1 on Cash Passport through BAEC and the points post very quickly. Don’t forget if you use a credit card to buy foreign currency you’ll be charged interest from day 1.

      • the real harry1 says:

        my wife took out £300 abroad (place in the sun!) on her Halifax Clarity at the end of July & I forgot to fund it straight away, paid it off about 3rd September – interest was just £3 or so

        might be a horrible annual % interest but in reality it was a couple of quid