Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Book an astonishing Manchester – Auckland £1360 deal in the 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.

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 (September 2023)

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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

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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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

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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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (52)

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  • Brandon says:

    Shame the amazing pricing is only until the end of November 🙁

    • Rob says:

      You will rarely see a deal like this over Christmas from Qatar.

      • Morgan says:

        Out of the UK that’s true. For 2016, 2017 and now Xmas 2018 my family are averaging around £1750 per ticket out of ARN or OSL.

  • John Waters says:

    Hi Rob, following your article last year we did the Stockholm to Auckland trip with Qatar in October – fantastic. So we are interested in doing it again this year. However we are not getting the fares anywhere as low as you are indicating. Is there a promo code and a minimum stay requirement, as last time?

    • KevMc says:

      Use google flights – it’s pretty easy to find dates on there. Then you can click through to Qatar’s website to confirm the prices.

    • Adrian says:

      Just put the dates in google flights and you can see the prices by day, there appears to be good availability through LGW. MAN is cheaper as Rob says.

    • Rob says:

      Might be a 7 day or Sun night stay. Try a few more options, Sep is wide open.

  • Morgan says:

    Thanks for the heads up. I had been looking at LHR to HKG which is showing at £1400pp.

    i’ve now booked to go home via LHR-AKL for £1700pp for mid/end Nov.

  • phil says:

    Weird travel plan, but is it possible to book it and then can the rtn segment whilst in NZ (rather than simply no show)? Going by the Business Promo fare, it looks like it would be possible to do that and thus pay £680 for the outbound leg and forfeit £380 (cane fee is in USD) thus travelling in Biz class o/w (which suits me at present) for £1100 approx?

  • Dwadda says:

    The Doha to Aukland leg is currently the longest flight in the world… Soon to be eclipsed…

  • Alistair Horne says:

    Ive just said to the wife that I need to go to Auckland for work for a day. We have 3 children under 3 and I would be quite happy to fly there and turn around and come straight back again. I’d see it as 2 days sleep.

    It didn’t work.

    • John says:

      3 under 3. And you’re looking for someone to blame?

      (should have kept it in your trousers!)

      • HAM76 says:

        It sounds like you consider a one year difference in average as too short (which should be none of your business). You might want to consider other possibilities including twins, triplets, foster children, adoption, divorce and death of a partner.

  • David says:

    Excellent deal! Some other good ones too. I got Sofia-Singapore for £1200 in Feb/March 2019

  • Doug M says:

    Is that a little dig at Qatar. They’ll pay for a party but won’t tip you off in advance for an offer like this 🙂

    • Rob says:

      No, the Qatar people are delighted that you all fly them but would be happier if a few more flights originated in the U.K.!

      • Morgan says:

        If they kept their R class pricing at these levels they would get 100% of my Asia and Australasia business out of London!

      • JamesR says:

        I wonder if the Qatar UK people would be prepared to pay an extra grand or two for the UK departure privilege when they go on their holidays.

        I dont blame them for the prices though… Im sure they would make it as low as Europe if they could…

        • Rob says:

          I am not sure how these prices got past the rules of the BA JV to be honest!

      • Hingeless says:

        I wish they had some offers in the other direction

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