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 (July 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
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.)