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Astonishing Manchester – Auckland £1360 deal in the 48 hour Qatar Airways flash sale!

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EDIT:  Manchester to Cape Town is also bookable for £1350 return

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.

Hat-tip to Flyertalk for this.  I’m delighted that the Qatar Airways team in the UK, who underwrote our Christmas party, will finally see some revenue from HFP readers going through their own P&L 🙂

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Comments

  1. Thank you Head for Points!!!!! I have been trying to figure out for the last few weeks how to use my 300,000 Avios with maybe the 241 Voucher to get us halfway there to get to New Zealand but instead I have now booked to fly Qatar from Manchester to Auckland with this offer. I would never have booked this if it had not been for this web site! Many many thanks

  2. Thanks for the heads up Rob, Manchester doesn’t usually get deals like this. So booked my flights to Auckland today. The bonuses of a free night in Doha and the 600 points are suger on the top. Anybody got any idea how many Avios I pick up.

  3. Greenpen says:

    Me too, but to Cape Town. Having already got an apparent bargain fare in the last sale from OSL to ALK flying in March I now feel sick as a parrot that I paid so, so much!

  4. I don’t understand this line ‘it is fairly open from April onwards until the pre-Christmas period kicks in.’ when the deal says it’s only available for travel before 30 June 2018. Did the terms change?

  5. 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).

    • 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.

  6. 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 !

  7. 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.

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