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Qatar Airways offering free stays at The Ritz-Carlton in Doha

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It is not uncommon for airlines to offer free stopovers at their hubs.  It IS rare, however, for economy passengers to be offered a five star hotel and on flights with are point-to-point.

For a limited period, Qatar Airways will give you a free stay at the luxury The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Doha, including breakfast, when you book a London to Doha flight.

You can find out more about the hotel here and there is a picture above.

The offer is ONLY valid when you book UK-Doha-UK.  It is NOT valid if Doha is a stopover on the way elsewhere, eg UK-Doha-Bangkok.

You can:

Book an “Economy Flexi” or “Economy Value” Economy Class ticket and get one or two free nights

Book a “Business Value” or “Business Flexi” Business Class ticket and get your choice of 1-3 free nights

Book a “First Value” or “First Flexi” First Class ticket and get your choice of 1-4 free nights

The key dates are:

Booking validity: 12 November 2018 to 2 December 2018

Travel validity: 13 November 2018 to 31 March 2019

Full details, including the terms and conditions and how to book, are on this page of the Qatar Airways website.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 unbeatable travel 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

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

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (67)

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  • Alex W says:

    OT. Does food count as qualifying spend at IHG? Both normally and for the double points promotion?
    I’m having real problems getting base points for food and as a result struggling to meet the 15000 target. IHG being totally unhelpful and it’s just “computer says no”.

  • jamie says:

    O/T my husband has 175k amex points and we want to fly business from melbourne to lagos at least one way. What is the best way to achieve this say with emirates or qatar.. unless theres another alternative.

    • Bluenose says:

      Google Flights shows Emirates and Qatar does Melbourne to Lagos. Should be able to book the Emirates flights as Qantas flights. So determine which airline partners you can move the AMEX points into. You would want Emirates Skywards or something One World. Use the Skywards/BA/Qatar/Qantas/Cathay/AA etc. FF sites to look for availability and how many points and dollars each wants to charge. Then move the AMEX points into the best FF programme and book.

      Good luck.

    • Rob says:

      You need to look at every Amex airline partner, dig out their zonal reward chart and see which is cheapest for Africa to Australia.

  • May says:

    O/T I have 127k miles in the emirates family pool, but a one way business ticket on emirates is 131k points. Does anyone know if its possible to transfer points into this family pool to reach the amount I need to make up to 131k? How annoying if I cant use these points yet just because I am 4k or so off. Doesnt look like you can use points in your own personal account to make up the remaining!

    • Steve says:

      Just looked into this, you are right no transfers or
      mixed use between family pooled points and individual points, spoke to emirates CS to try and get our tiny sum of 6k points out as we will never make enough from cash flights to make a decent redemption, but told closure results in a forfit of miles – so this scheme is nothing at all like BA.

      Does clicking through after selecting your skywards redemption allow you to cover the shortfall with cash?

      • May says:

        It sucks that there isn’t the flexibility as with BA. I’ll call Emirates and see what they can do. I haven’t tried putting through an example flight to see what happens. Thanks for the advice

  • TripRep says:

    Habanos had at the Ritz is good vibe in an evening, Westerners need passport to get in, one of the few places to drink alcohol..

  • SG says:

    Rob,Genghis and other readers
    Apologies for my mistake yesterday with Amex MR to SPG to Marriot
    Don’t know why I remembered that MR to SPG was 1:1!
    Can anyone please post the link to Hilton worldwide redemption map,done a search on the website,I remembered it was posted at some point by someone in the comments!
    Much appreciated!

  • Peter K says:

    Bangkok was named enough times in this article that it could almost be used for a drinking game ????

  • Boon says:

    Anyone know if the £100 off £500 United promo also apply to partner airline flights (eg Singapore Airlines) booked on the website?

    • Roger says:

      It says UK departure only. So if you are able to book as code share flight (UA flight number) on any Star Alliance airlines, I imagine it would work.

      • Oh Matron! says:

        Fantastic. Needs flights to Stockholm for my birthday (gifts should be deposited in my swiss bank account, ta very much) and I also need flights to Tromso in Jan. Will report back if successful.


  • Neil says:

    O/T – Just booked an Avios Redemption through Avios and using my Lloyd’s Upgrade Voucher on a BA flight to JFK. Having used my BAPP Amex, do I qualify for the 3 points per £ for BA spend?!?

    • Liz says:

      No – it goes on your credit card as Avios not BA

      • KevMc says:

        If you booked via the website, then you won’t, but I thought that the upgrade voucher could only be used by calling BA now? If so, I would suspect that the transaction will show as BA, and therefore will get you triple points.

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