Book a good Qatar Airways Hong Kong deal – which earns 560 British Airways tier points

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A couple of days ago we covered a very attractive Qatar Airways business class deal from Stockholm to Bangkok.  It is £1300 return, earns you 560 British Airways tier points and is available virtually every Monday to Thursdsay in 2019 apart from Christmas week.

It seems that there is a similar fare on Qatar Airways from Stockholm to Hong Kong.  A return Business Class seat comes in at SEK 15,460 (£1,260).

This isn’t the greatest fare we’ve ever seen.  However, it has the same attractive rules as the Bangkok deal:

it is available for much 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-Hong Kong, 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.  Some A350-900 aircraft also have Qsuite.

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

The Boeing 787-9 and A350-900 seat is very close to the same seat as you will get with the new British Airways Club Suite, albeit without the door.

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.

The Qatar Airways booking site is here.  You need to book by 30th April and a five day minimum stay is required.

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  1. OT – is BA F on the 777 or 787 better?

    • Depends what you think of the seat. I think it’s the crew which makes the most difference and that’s the luck of the draw. I guess the 787 is a bit more private if that’s your thing. That said my O/H thinks the 787 is a bit claustrophobic. It’s subjective.

    • Whizz68 says:

      First class is better on the 787, as the seats are newer, the TV screen is better quality and larger. Also, since there are only 8 seats, it feels more private and exclusive, compared to 14 on the 777. It’s more enjoyable on the 787.

      • I agree. Much prefer the “newer” 787 seat. However your trade off is the loss of the buddy dining option which might be significant if you are travelling as a couple.

    • Clive says:

      I just flew the 787 to KL. seat was comfy but as I am 6’4 I found the leg well restrictive. You will certainly feel less jet lagged on the 787 though and IMO it is much quieter.

      Greetings from Lombok

    • sunguy says:

      Moot point – but F on the 380 trumps all….far far better…..777 F is starting to get a little tired IMHO…787 is definitely nicer!

  2. How does Le Club Accor deal with existing bookings? Do I need to book a new room for June and cancel my existing booking, or will simply registering mean that my existing booking counts?

  3. Modern Britain – 5 alternative icons

    Failing, chaotic, laughing stock, intolerant, divided.

  4. Frankie says:

    I got the Qatar £1300 Stockholm to Bangkok return fare flying out and returning on a Saturday next February.

  5. Jamie-D says:

    Regarding the Qatar flights: Do I just enter my BAEC number in the booking to get the 560 tier points and avios? Or do I need to join Qmiles?

    • BSI1978 says:

      There’ll be an option to credit the flight to QMiles or BAEC. Once you select the latter you can’t enter your number when prompted.

  6. I don’t think Qatar had any 787-9s? Only 787-8s.

  7. Graeme says:

    Slightly OT but related to VS, BBC are reporting Flybe have cancelled at least 24 flights.

  8. OT- quick query. Through quirk of scheduling I have 9 Hilton stays booked between end of July and start of October. I don’t usually stay too much at Hilton properties but am a Amex Plat Hilton Gold. My thinking is to request a status challenge mid-July to my IHG Spire status.

    My question is: (assuming Hilton are still offering the diamond status challenge in July)
    Will my existing reservations count towards the 8 stay target I’m expecting to get. Or will I need an additional 8?

    • Yes, they will. but remember to ensure you have had a recent IHG stay at time of request.

    • Pangolin says:

      You’ll be fine, and you’ll have Diamond till March 2021. I matched from Marriott Platinum Premier (now called Titanium!) last year.

      You’ll get a lot of joy out of Diamond status if you stay at Conrads in Asia, for example; for North America, probably not so much.

  9. Mark2 says:

    I would have thought that the paintings were copied from the cartoons on US Navy and Army Air Force planes from WW2.

    • flyforfun says:

      Those were actually copies of Alberto Vargas works!! Check out Alberto Vargas on Wikipedia:

      I always thought these, the hot red uniform etc that Virgin created the same sort of glamour not of the hey day of flying, but of a failed page 3 glamour model. Not class, just crass.

      • Mark2 says:

        My poor wording: I was referring to the practice of painting lovely ladies etc. on aircraft noses rather than the actual picture. Was probably before WW2 and Marines too.

  10. Are there any other ex-EU routes with decent Qatar fares to Bangkok? Ideally I’m looking for a fare from France.

    • Have a play around on Google Flights or ITA Matrix. Sofia had some good deals recently.

  11. ChrisC says:

    what if the stay starts on 30th August and ends 3rd September? would I get Quad points for all 4 nights or only the 2 in august

    (sorry not had an email from accor about this yet and it’s not currently showing in my account)

    • Across most chains, the general rule is that you’d get 2 days doubled – but see if the T&C’s say ‘stays must be completed’ by 31st August or not.

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