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Here’s a good Qatar Airways Bangkok deal which earns 560 British Airways tier points

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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.

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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

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.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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 (127)

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  • Leafwarbler says:

    Re the Groupon offer, do you get a confirmation that you have successfully redeemed the voucher?

    I’ve entered the required information on the form and hit submit, and just get another screen asking me to enter the redemption details. My Groupon account still shows the voucher as ready to redeem and it’s only valid for one more day. Mild panic in the Leafwarbler household!

    • Peter 64K says:

      I seem to remember this used to be a problem. If it still says it needs to be redeemed then maybe try a different browser.

  • DS says:

    I’ve been told that QR’s business class cabins from ARN and GOT are almost
    empty these days, in particular from GOT…

    • BJ says:

      No surprise when AY frequently sell business seats from Scandinavian regional airports to Asia with much shorter journey times for little over £1000.

      • DS says:

        AY is rarely that cheap, except to Thailand.
        Besides Emirates seem to be doing fine despite high business class prices
        and bigger plane 777-300ER vs. 787.
        The difference might be that Emirates have many business travellers
        from big companies, while QR mainly attracts price sensitive leisure travellers.

        • Polly says:

          Also, those who want to early hit BA silver like we do in almost one hit.

  • Lev441 says:

    Yes she would get the referral bonus.

  • BJ says:

    OT: The new full service Hilton Aberdeen TECA is open from Sunday 23rd September. Rates appear to be as low as £57 or 22,000 points per night.

  • Lee says:

    Whats the best Priority Pass lounge at Changi? Is the Blossom lounge any good in terminal 4 or is it better to get the bus once checked in to the other teminals ?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Helen says:

    OT – Does anyone know if i buy foreign currency at Best Foreign Exchange with my curve card, will it be treated as a purchase or a cash advance. My curve card is linked to my Virgin Rewards plus card. My reason is I like to land with a bit of cash in my pocket so I don’t have to go hunting for an ATM as soon as I land with all my luggage in tow. I always take a bit to cover taxis, tips etc. If it goes through as a purchase on my card and I get Virgin points, then it’s better than using my debit card.

  • Qwerty Bertie says:

    I don’t think you can you have both of those cards at the same time. (Similar to BAPP and ordinary BA.)

  • Jane says:

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

    • Jane says:

      For cheap business class flights to Asia.

    • Rob says:

      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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