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Book an astonishing Manchester – Auckland £1360 deal in the 48 hour Qatar Airways flash sale!

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Adjusting for inflation, this is the cheapest fare I think I have ever seen from the UK to Australasia in Business Class.

Last January we had Malaysia Airlines offering London to Sydney in Business Class for £1500 but even that is beaten by this deal.  (The comments below mention a £1100 Garuda deal last year which I missed.)

Until tomorrow (14th), Qatar Airways is selling Manchester to Auckland in Business Class for £1360 return.

You won’t get this deal over the Summer school holidays in July and August but apart from that it is fairly open from April onwards until the pre-Christmas period kicks in.    

As usual with Qatar Airways, the deal is one route and one route only.  Birmingham,  Dublin and Cardiff are nowhere close on pricing.  Edinburgh and London departures are about an extra £400.  There are no deals to Sydney, Canberra, Perth etc.  It is Manchester to Auckland or nothing.

These flights will earn 600 British Airways Executive Club tier points return.  That is enough for a BA Silver card although you should remember that you need to have flown 4 one-way cash BA flights in your current membership year before you are promoted.

The aircraft

Manchester to Doha is on a new Boeing 787This has the herringbone seat which I reviewed here and is very impressive.  Qatar has a special website showing off this seat which you’ll find here.

Doha to Auckland is on a Boeing 777.  You might get the new Qsuite but it is more likely that you get the older 2 x 2 x 2 layout which I reviewed here.  It isn’t great for a solo traveller but good for a couple.  And if you are complaining at £1363 then really ….

How to book

You can find out more about the flash sale here.  It ends at midnight on Wednesday.

The UK Qatar Airways booking site is here.

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Comments (52)

  • James T says:

    Hi Rob. If I let my BA silver lapse and then use Qatar to get 600 tier pts in the next status year, can I get up to 23 months silver (ie, balance of year of the flight and then a full year afterwards).

    • Rob says:

      No, because your Membership Year will not reset when you drop to Blue and go back up to Silver.

      This is one of the bigger problems with the BA system – the inability to move membership year end dates, especially within a family.

  • Paul R says:

    Just got returns to Wellington via Sydney £1356 , books into Air New Zealand Economy
    for the SYD – WEL legs , Can Handle that especially on Air New Zealand !

  • Lynn says:

    Thanks, I have booked this. I had booked flights with Iberia and the refund conditions were you lose 100 euros each way. They have taken considerably more than that. I have emailed Iberia including a pdf of the booking conditions, should that be enough? And further suggestions would be very welcome.