Qatar Airways confirmed on Monday that it will start flights between Malta and Doha on 4th July 2019.
The service will use a short-haul A320 aircraft but with fully flat beds in business class, using the seat shown in the photo below. There will be one flight per day in Summer and four per week in Winter.
This page of the Qatar Airways website looks at the A320 layout in detail.
This is a very interesting option if you are looking for British Airways tier points. London to Malta, on British Airways, is one of the few routes that earns 160 tier points return in Club Europe because of the distance. A full list of Club Europe routes which give you 160 tier points is here.
Malta is also a cheap route. Look at the BA Low Fare Finder website here. Apart from August, you can get return flights for as low as £310.
From Malta, the route to Doha is over 2,000 miles so you will receive 140 tier points in Qatar Airways business class. Any onward flight to Asia will also be over 2,000 miles, earning you another 140 tier points.
Let’s imagine you bought a Qatar Airways sale deal from Malta to Hong Kong, and positioned using a return British Airways Club Europe flight. You would earn 80 (BA) + 140 (Qatar) + 140 (Qatar) + 140 (Qatar) + 140 (Qatar) + 80 (BA) = 720 tier points return. You could – just about – get to British Airways Executive Club Gold with two runs like this over the course of your membership year.
It looks like Malta is a route to watch when the next Qatar Airways sale comes around.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
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:
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