Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Book an astonishing Manchester – Auckland £1,360 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

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus 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.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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 sign-up 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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  • 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?

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