Bigger bargains, however, are from Paris Charles du Gaulle. These prices are return, Business Class:
- Abu Dhabi / Bahrain / Doha €1399
- Bengaluru €1449
- Bangkok €1299
- Guangzhou €1599
- Chennai / Delhi / Mumbai €1349
- Dubai €1099
- Hyderabad / Jaipur €1699
- Kuala Lumpur €1599
- Male €1449
- Manilla €1599
- Zanzibar €1599
Clearly not everyone wants to fly UK – Paris – Muscat – Maldives, even if it is €1449 (£1310) in Business Class plus the cost of getting to Paris. The saving does mean it is worth a look though.
Whilst Oman Air is not in any major airline alliance, you can credit flights to Etihad Guest. The earning chart is here. You can top them up with American Express Membership Rewards points for an Etihad redemption or redeem them for cash via PointsPay.
There is a virtual tour of their Business Class product on their website here.
These prices are valid until 16th September. Annoying the airline website does not list valid travel dates anywhere. If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency. This is because the transaction triggers the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.