Qatar Airways is running another set of great offers from Sweden and Norway to Asia. These are for flights ticketed before 2nd September. You can travel at any point in the next year although I’d be surprised if there is much over Christmas and New Year.
Here are some sample prices from Stockholm:
Bangkok (16487 SEK, £1390)
Hong Kong (16430 SEK, £1385)
Manila (16567 SEK, £1397)
Phuket (17230 SEK, £1453)
The following destinations have good prices from Oslo (Stockholm is higher):
Singapore (16055 NOK, £1454)
Bali (17563 NOK, £1581)
Jakarta (14973 NOK, £1356)
If a particular Asian city is not listed above, it is worth looking at prices from both these departure points.
If you are trying to find these fares, you need to:
Book the outbound on a Sunday to Thursday
Book the inbound on a Monday to Friday
Remember that you earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly with Qatar Airways. All of these trips earn you 560 tier points (four flights at 140 tier points each, with the change in Doha) 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.
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.
PS. We recently wrote about some great Qatar Airways fares from Izmir in Turkey, with a caveat that this was clearly inconvenient for most people. One reader dropped us a line to say that his parents live in Izmir and he was able to find flights to Bali in Business Class over Christmas for just over £1,000. He was very happy – a family visit and an incredibly cheap Christmas break in one!
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.