I dropped in an extra article yesterday to cover the amazing £1360 return Manchester to Auckland deal launched by Qatar Airways. You can read about that fare here but you must book today. (EDIT: Availability is now getting tight as seats get snapped up but there are still seats there, May seems best.)
There are two other great deals which also need to be booked today.
Manchester to Cape Town is available for £1350 return in Business Class.
London Heathrow or Gatwick to Hong Kong is available for £1420 return in Business Class.
These must be booked today, assuming it is part of the 48-hour flash sale.
As with the Auckland deal, you won’t get this price over the Summer school holidays in July and August but apart from that it is fairly open from April until late November. Availability had already started to tighten up last night but you should be able to find something if you are flexible. There are only a small number of seats at these prices so the larger your group, the tougher it will be, although I saw up to EIGHT seats to Cape Town at this price on some days in September.
These flights will earn 560 British Airways Executive Club tier points return. That is almost enough for a BA Silver card although you should remember that you need to have flown four one-way cash BA flights in your current membership year before you are promoted.
For Cape Town, both legs will be 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. You won’t go wrong here.
For Hong Kong, from London you can pick either the amazing new Qsuite on an A350 or 777 (reviewed here) or the A380 (reviewed here, not Qsuite but has a great bar). From Doha to Hong Kong you will be on a Boeing 777 which may have Qsuite but you should assume has the older 2-2-2 seating I reviewed here.
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. Make sure you tick ‘Premium Only’ to make searching easier.
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 (March 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.
You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:
Here are your other options. There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)