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Bits: good Qatar Airways deal to Bangkok (560 tier points!), buy cheap Avios via Groupon (ends 11pm Sat), new Hertz redemption

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News in brief:

Good Qatar Airways Bangkok deal – earns 560 BA tier points

Qatar Airways has launched a decent deal from Stockholm to Bangkok, with a return Business Class seat coming in at SEK 15,700 (£1,300).

This isn’t the greatest fare we’ve ever seen.  However:

it is available for all of 2019 and early 2020, except for Christmas week, as long as you fly out on Mon-Thu

you would earn 560 British Airways tier points due to the change of plane in Doha (140 points x 4 flights)

With multiple daily flights on each leg between Stockholm-Doha and Doha-Bangkok, you can pick from various seating options:

Boeing 777-300ER – you would either get the older 2-2-2 seating I reviewed here or a refurbished one with the amazing new Qsuite (reviewed here).

A350-900 –  the herringbone seat which I reviewed here, albeit in its 787 incarnation, which is very impressive.  Qatar has a special website showing off this seat which you’ll find here.

A330-200 – these are now refitted with flat seats, usually in a 2-2-2 configuration, so ignore any reports you see talking about sloping seats

A340-600 – as for the A330-200

Boeing 787-9 – see here for details of the seat there, which is also good.   I reviewed the 787-8 seat here.

The Qatar Airways booking site is here.  You need to book by 4th April and a five day minimum stay is required although it is possible that the fare is pulled earlier.  Hat-tip to Flyertalk.

Buy cheap Avios via Groupon Spain

The Groupon ‘cheap Avios’ promotion in Spain, with Iberia Plus, is back again.  Click here for details.

(EDIT: the deal will end at 11pm Saturday – it seems the mobile site has a countdown clock!)

I wrote about this on Monday, but the deal had closed by the time the article appeared.  It seems as if it might only be running at weekends at the moment because it reappeared last night!

The Avios are not a steal at these prices, although substantially cheaper than buying Avios directly via without a special offer:

  • 4,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €54 (1.2p)
  • 8,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €99 (1.1p)
  • 15,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €189 (1.1p)
  • 20,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €249 (1.1p)
  • 35,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €439 (1.1p)

Whilst these deals were administratively messy when they first appeared, I get fewer complaints these days.  The IT seems to be working better now.  Of course, all of the information is in Spanish but Chrome can translate the page for you.

You will need an Iberia Plus account to redeem your Groupon voucher, and you can then use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them across to British Airways Executive Club.  Please remember that Iberia Plus accounts must be 90 days old before you can use ‘Combine My Avios’, so don’t open a new one specifically to take advantage of this deal.  Thanks to August for this.

Groupon Avios

Hertz Rewards launches new auctions and vouchers site

I don’t think that Hertz Rewards points are very popular with Head for Points readers.  I think most people prefer to take airline miles instead, such as the generous 1,000 miles per rental deal with Virgin Atlantic.

If you do take the points, possibly due to corporate bookings, Hertz has launched a new auction and vouchers platformYou can find it here.

It isn’t very exciting so far.  The only UK redemption available is a €100 Mandarin Oriental gift card for 2,500 points, although you would at least get a few drinks, a meal or a spa discount out of it.

It may improve.  If you switch the country tab to USA you will see some car racing packages amongst other things, so it is possible that the UK site will get better over time.

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  1. Are we expecting another offer like this later in the year but from London?

    • For cheap business class flights to Asia.

    • It’s Qatar, you never know with them – if only because Doha has a habit of loading mistake fares occasionally too, like the £1400 Manchester to New Zealand fare last year.

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