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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 credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (127)

  • Jules says:

    How long have people found that Iberia takes to post the Groupon points?

    • Mr. AC says:

      Depends. I took this offer 3 times, and the 1st and the 3rd time they took less than a week. On the second time though I had to chase them – they took up to the last day of the period of the groupon validity and a couple attempts.

    • flyforfun says:

      What’s the best way to transfer points to BA? I had problems before as I have a HH a/c. Rob told me to set up a flybe Avios account which did the trick, but that option will be gone very soon!!

      • Rob says:

        Open an Aer Lingus or Vueling account and do the same thing as you do with Flybe.

        • A270 says:

          I still had a lot of issue transferring from Aer Club to BA household. Had to make a few calls for the transfer.

  • Mr. AC says:

    – what’s the best way currently to check oneworld availability? Are there any tools that make it easy? I’ve vaguely heard something about Award Nexus, I think.
    – if two separate carrier websites (AA and Qantas) show that there’s Business class availability on LHR – Colombo route on Sri Lankan on a given date, yet BA’s website doesn’t agree – will the BA agent be able to book it if I call? If they can’t, is there any use complaining and to whom (since it’s an intra-onewrold issue)?

    • Alex W says:

      The Qantas website is good. Try calling BA to book – of they say no, HUACA.

  • Alex Sm says:

    O/T for bits: it looks like that Amex Curve top-ups earlier this year didn’t earn ANY Avios on BA Amex credit card. True?

    • Doug M says:

      Were they treated as cash or purchase?

      • Alex Sm says:

        Not clear to be honest… doesn’t say explicitly on the statement it was a cash advance

    • John says:

      They certainly earned me MR points, so it would have been only a BA Amex thing if others report the same.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      My topups earned Avios on my BAPP and MR on my Amex Gold. Earned a chunk paying a dealership for a brand new car via Curve!

      All topups done during the beta though.

    • Alan says:

      Not true in my case – triggered my 241 voucher (actually without meaning to!) with Curve top-up

  • thehornets says:

    Thanks for the Hertz information. I’ve got quite a few points I never seem to be able to use, so have hopes that this new scheme grows.

    • Bagoly says:

      If you ever pay for rentals from Hertz, you can use points for part of the booking.
      If you have rented for Fri and Sat you can choose which day for which to use points (weekend is fewer points)
      Until I tried that I thought mine were useless.

  • SammyJ says:

    O/T – Intercontinental Ambassador
    Am I right that under the new system, there is no voucher? It said there would be a ‘digital voucher’ so I’ve been waiting for an email but it looks like I just book the rate and the hotel sort it when I get there? Thanks!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      If you joined or renewed after March 1st it will be digital

      • SammyJ says:

        Yes, it should be digital, but it mentioned a digital voucher – not seen one of those, just wondering if I actually need some sort of emailed voucher equivelant of the old paper one, or if the voucher no longer exists and it’s just done based on my membership status.

  • AndyR says:

    OT – does anyone know how to link 2 Membership Reward earning Amex cards please? I have the Platinum and the free Amex Rewards card but the points are in separate balances. I want to cancel the Platinum and move the MR’s to the free Amex Rewards balance but in the T&C’s it mentions that they must be linked.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Phone AMEX CS

    • Rob says:

      Need to call Amex. This should never have happened in the first place.

    • AndyR says:

      Thanks. Gave them a call and they’ve raised a request to the back office. Can take up to 10 days – hope it’s sooner though.

  • Fola Akingboye says:

    OT- Could someone help with queries below:
    I canceled my Preferred Amex Gold card before the new Amex rule and transferred all my MR points to the free Amex Rewards Card. Now with the new Amex rule, I am planning to cancel the free Amex Rewards Card, will it be possible to move all my MR points to the BAPP? Also, I am not sure if I should cancel my BAPP though I still have 6k spend to put on the card in order to activate the companion voucher. Is the companion voucher worth? because if I don’ t cancel my BAPP now it will only extend my waiting period to apply for a new card as per the new rule.

    • Dave R says:

      No.. the BA cards use Avios not MR points

    • Shoestring says:

      Worth it? Good question & depends on what you’ll use the 2-4-1 voucher for. I’ve never bothered to go for it as we only fly in Europe and it’s a big waste of money chasing it to get a free companion ticket saving £150 (Economy return) or £300 (Business return – but I wouldn’t normally fly Business on a short European flight so upgrading Ticket #1 to Business is an extra cost as well, meaning net saving is lower, about £150, though you can factor in the Business fare advantages x2 (free lounge/ drinks & snack on board/ 2x 32kg) so not too bad.

      Whereas the 2-4-1 saving on a LH Business/ First return flight can be counted in the £000s.

  • Cat says:

    It’s probably worth mentioning that Dinner (Heston Blumenthal’s slightly less famous restaurant – the one with the meat fruit and 2 Michelin stars) is in the Mandarin Oriental. Is it possible to use the Hertz / Mandarin Oriental gift card there? It is a fantastic restaurant, and they currently do a business lunch deal for £45 pp…

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