11am – First look at the Qatar Airways UK business class sale deals
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The Qatar Airways January sale, called ‘Global Travel Boutique’ this year, is now live – see here for the UK site.
On the face of it, Business Class discounts appear to be lower than we have seen in previous years, but we need to see what is teased out over the course of the day. I will update this article as I see interesting deals posted or I dig up anything myself.
Please note the bookings dates – most of June, all of July, August and early September are excluded.
- Sale period: 9 until 16 January 2018
- Travel period: 9 January until 10 December 2018. All travel must be completed by 10 December 2018.
- Blackout dates: 9 June until 10 September 2018
From the UK, promo code UKGTBAFFILIATE gets you an extra 5% off the base fare. Outside the UK, try code PCGTBGIFT for a further ‘up to’ 5% off the base fare.
Qatar Airways is also offering DOUBLE Qmiles if you credit your flight to Qatar Privilege Club – click here for details and to register. In most cases, however, you will want to credit to British Airways Executive Club because of the 560 tier points available for a return flight to Asia from Europe.
Deals out there (business class, based on 1 person travelling – may be cheaper for 2, using code PCGTBGIFT):
Note that the Qatar Airways website seems to be running a little slowly at the moment. I have personally verified all the prices below although you may need to hunt around for applicable dates.
Athens to Hong Kong €1,467 (£1,293) – Greece sale page
Frankfurt to Johannesburg €1,702 (£1,500) – Germany sale page
Helsinki to Tokyo €1,442 (£1,271) – Finland sale page
Helsinki to Bangkok €1,145 (£1,009) – Finland sale page
Helsinki to Chiang Mai €1,186 (£1,045) – Finland sale page
Helsinki to Ho Chi Minh City €1,452 (£1,280) – Finland sale page
Oslo to Melbourne NOK 16,170 in November (£1,474) (Sydney, Perth etc similar) – Norway sale page
Stockholm to Singapore SEK 13,391 (£1,200) – Sweden sale page
Stockholm to Kuala Lumpur SEK 13,237 (£1,186) – Sweden sale page
Stockholm to Cape Town SEK 15,060 (£1,350) – Sweden sale page
Sofia to Shanghai BGN 2,270 (£1,023) – Bulgaria sale page
Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
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