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.
Manchester to Doha is on a new Boeing 787. This 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.
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 from UK credit cards (January 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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