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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)

  • paul says:

    Never any good deals ex Dub!

  • JCB says:

    MAN-CPT £1350 in November – yes please.

  • John G says:

    Lol, now I suddenly feel ripped off having paid the same from ARN a few months back! Golden times.

  • Simon says:

    So what value on an avios (or any points scheme) with fares like this?

    • Rob says:

      Minimal, but BA doesn’t fly to Auckland anyway …. (technically, 300000 Avios + £750 to Sydney so if you use that as your basis you are getting 0.2p per Avios and that is before you adjust for the Avios earned and the fact Qatar is simply better than BA).

      • Hingeless says:

        A million miles better, flew both last week, BA should take some tips from their main shareholder. Especially the crew who don’t care any more in J.

  • Hugh says:

    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

  • Rob says:

    4201 x 2 for the MAN legs and 11290 x 2 for the AKL legs, so just over 30,000 Avios.

  • 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!

  • Matt says:

    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?