Qatar Airways has announced that it will switch one of its two daily Frankfurt flights to an A380 from 31st March 2019.
This may, in itself, not sound very exciting. Don’t be fooled. It opens up some very interesting possibilities for anyone wanting to tick Qatar Airways First Class off their bucket list, especially for anyone who wants to try out the amazing First Class Lounge in Doha. This is why:
Qatar Airways only offers First Class on its 10 A380 aircraft
Flights from London are blocked for First Class redemptions and even if bookable are expensive, at 160,000 Avios return plus charges
Flights from Paris now seem to be blocked for First Class redemptions (they didn’t used to be) and even if bookable are expensive, at 160,000 Avios return plus charges
The new flights from Frankfurt are NOT blocked for First Class redemptions and are NOT expensive, because Frankfurt is nearer to Doha than Paris or London. You will only pay 100,000 Avios return, plus charges.
As usual in the wacky world of BA, the taxes and charges don’t make any sense:
One-way Frankfurt to Doha in Qatar First is 50,000 Avios + £227
One-way Doha to Frankfurt in Qatar First is 50,000 Avios + £99
Return Frankfurt to Doha in Qatar First is 100,000 Avios + £412 (so save yourself £86 by booking as 2 x one-ways!)
Here is my review of Qatar Airways First Class (I flew it from Paris when you could still get First Class redemptions from there) and here is my review of the Al Safwa First Class lounge in Doha.
At present, there are 2 First Class seats and 4 Business Class seats showing for Avios on virtually every Frankfurt to Doha A380 flight from 31st March.
Business Class is also a good deal from Frankfurt, of course, as you are paying 75,000 Avios return compared with 120,000 Avios return from the UK. If you wanted to try Qatar’s Business Class then you will save a lot by flying from Frankfurt and booking a separate connecting flight from London – although you’ll miss out on the excellent Qatar Airways lounge at Heathrow.
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