Qatar Airways is offering a very attractive £1,500 (£1,498 to be exact) business class deal to Johannesburg. It seems to be available between October and June, but don’t bother looking over Christmas and New Year.
You WON’T find this on the Qatar Airways website directly. It seems to be a fare which is only available via kayak.co.uk. Kayak brings up the fare and you click through to qatarairways.com to book. You will be paying over £3,000 if you try to book the same flights on the Qatar Airways website without going via Kayak.
Oddly, it isn’t even available via other websites owned by Kayak’s parent booking.com, such as Cheapflights or Priceline.
Here is an example. You need to sort your search results by price to get this to the top – Kayak pushes it well down the page otherwise due to the nasty stopover on the way back (click to enlarge):
Some options may include a British Airways leg between London and Doha as it codeshares with Qatar Airways on this route.
Remember that you earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly with Qatar Airways. This trip gets you 560 tier points which is virtually a British Airways Executive Club Silver card.
We have reviewed the Qatar Airways A380 business class seat here, the Boeing 787 business class here and the old-style Boeing 777 business class seat here. The new Qsuite on most of the A350 fleet and some of the Boeing 777 fleet is covered here.
Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses.
There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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 30,000 Avios.
30,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 4th February 2022.
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 45,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
45,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 28th February 2022.
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.)