If you’ve been waiting for a cracking Qatar Airways deal to Asia or Australasia, it’s your lucky day …. possibly. This offer comes with a few messy tweaks, to put it midly.
These fares are only valid if you start your trip in Izmir, Turkey. From the London area, this is likely to mean a sub-4 hour flight on Jet2 from Stansted.
Even more annoying, Izmir to Doha is only 1,687 miles. This means that you only get 40 tier points in British Airways Executive Club for this leg (the cut-off is 2,000 miles). Whilst London to Phuket on Qatar Airways would earn 560 tier points (140 x 4 segments), Izmir to Phuket will only earn you (40 + 140 + 140 + 40) 360 tier points.
The prices are great though. Here is Izmir to Phuket for $1,222 (£1,006):
Similar fares are available to Bangkok, Singapore, Mila, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Maldives etc.
Here is Perth for $2072 (£1706) return in Business Class. Sydney and Melbourne are around £200 more:
This isn’t a routing that appeals to me, frankly, but it might work for you. You can book on the Qatar Airways site here.
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 (February 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.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.