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A new Qatar Airways flight discount code is launched

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Qatar Airways has launched a 15% discount code on the base fare, valid in Economy and Business, for flights from the UK on four new routes:

  • Canberra
  • Chiang Mai
  • Pattaya
  • Penang

The promo code to use on the Qatar Airways website here is FLYQRUK.  You need to book by 17th February for travel by any point until 1st February 2019.  “Peak black out travel dates apply.”

Qatar Airways discount code

Meanwhile, if you can connect to Dublin easily, you can save 15% on Chiang Mai, Penang, Canberra, Bangkok, Sydney, Bali, Perth, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Auckland, Cape Town, Singapore, Johannesburg, Lahore and Hong Kong.

The code you need for Dublin departures is IEFLYQR.  The same travel dates apply as for the UK offer.

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.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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

Comments (146)

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  • Lynn says:

    When using the Curve card for IHG hotel stays, the accelerate programme does not appear to recognise the purchase as spending on my IHG credit card. The purchases show as Curve purchases on the statement, does this mean they do not attract the same points compared to using my IHG credit?

    • Lee says:

      You will not get additional points just regular points as it is the same as any other payment.

    • The_real_a says:

      Creation sees the payment merchent as curve, and not the hotel so you dont recieve the bonus points as technically you are not using the carf at the hotel.

      • Liz says:

        Is this the same for foreign exchange charges if you use Curve. Will you only get 2pts on the Premium IHG card instead of 4.

        • JP says:

          Unless you change the card currency to be that of the country you are in. Ie adding the Post office or Halifax card as a euro card means no fees for using curve in Europe etc.

          However unless on expenses you will be getting less that 2% back in IHG points but they are probably charging close to 3% in foreign exchange fees.

        • Pangolin says:

          It’s only 2pts.

          IME the effective charge for use abroad is never above 1%, so if I’m earning points at around 1p or above it’s essentially free to use.

    • Mr dee says:

      Only standard ihg credit card points as your using Curve not the ihg card direct

    • RussellH says:

      I just got credited last week for spending on my IHG M’Card – only I have not spent anything at IHG this year. I have made three redemption bookings, which are guaranteed by my IHG card, but the stays are in April and May. The only actual payment on the card is a couple of months water bills.

      • JP says:

        I have had that with Hilton BC with redemptions before, just the guarantee was enough to get the extra 2500 for one of my first four bookings.

    • Alan says:

      Same as if you pay via PayPal, etc. – for any of these direct card benefits you have to pay on the card itself, not via Curve.

  • Lee says:

    When I put the first few numbers of my curve card into a checker it comes back as a debit card and not aa a prepaid credit card. Although mine was an early one so doesn’t say debit on it. So not sure

    How long does it take to get a replacement card?

  • James says:

    The availability of a debit card version had completely passes me by !
    That will be more useful.
    I will switch over. Thanks for the heads-up.

    Are the points you recieve exactly the same value as the original credit card version ?

    • Rob says:

      You mean Curve Rewards? Seems so, yes, as long as they don’t switch you to the consumer version by mistake.

      • Genghis says:

        I now have the consumer debit card and still have Curve rewards (switched from the business pre-paid card).

  • James says:

    Are there any really good biz prices on those Qatar routes mentioned which then attract the additional 15% off ?
    Thinking of sub £900 flights 😉

  • James says:

    Earning miles with Curve?? I thought those days were looong gone??

  • Sergio says:

    O/T: If I book a flight+hotel using BA holidays to get the flight cheaper (I’m seing more than £1000 difference) do I need to checkin in the hotel? Can I just pick the cheapest thing and don’t show up there at all?

    Thanks in advance

  • Memesweeper says:

    +1 to Robs advice to use Curve everywhere to build up your history and risk profile with them.

    I use it most days, at home and abroad, they upped my limits six months ago and I’ve pushed £3k through HMRC self assessment recently on the new debit card.

    Holding this card just for big ticket tax payments is not going to work out well for you or them I don’t think.

    • John says:

      Yeah but I prefer to use Amex everywhere.

    • kt1974 says:

      What’s your definition of “use it most days”? I’ve had my Curve for well over a year now, and generally make small, but frequent purchases – a few £100s a month. My limits are still £2k/day, £5k/month, £10k/year, and haven’t increased. That doesn’t come remotely close to either my VAT or corporation tax bills, which historically I paid for by personal credit card… Has anyone had any joy asking Curve for credit limit increases? My various normal credit card companies fell over themselves to give me higher credit limits when I discovered I could pay my tax bill though them…

      • Rob says:

        Email them, they seem happy to increase limits if pushed as per other readers experience.

  • Kevin says:

    Typo alert. I think you mean to say ‘referral code’ not ‘referral card’.

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