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Book good Qatar Airways business class flight deals from Scandinavia to Asia

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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.

The Qatar Airways website has special pages covering the two main business class seats – the A380 / 787 / partial A350 version is here and Qsuite is explained 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (159)

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  • Doug M says:

    OT: Amex MR to Hilton or Marriott. Do we see bonuses, I’m sure a while back I got 3 Hilton per MR as a 2+1 50% bonus. Do we see this for Marriott and do these tend to be regular or very rare.

    • Rob says:

      Apart from a targeted Hilton offer a year ago, there is never anything for ANYONE from Amex UK any longer.

      Etihad occasionally runs independent bonuses, ie you get a bonus for an Amex transfer but Amex does not fund it or promote it, and you only hear about it from Etihad itself. These generally tend to be when Etihad needs a bit of cash!

      (In general, a recession is great for bonuses. We saw 100% bonuses on Tesco to Virgin transfers in the last downturn for example. When an airline needs cash, irrespective of the long term repercussions, offering crazy bonuses to generate payouts for Amex, Tesco etc is a very easy way.)

      • Spaghetti Town says:

        Seen something on another blog that Amex are offering 20k MR with a $1000 on Air France/KLM. US only of course.

  • Arun says:

    The HSBC transfer doesn’t appear to work and I’ve just called the Premier Account Customer Support team who are unaware of the promotion…..anyone had any luck?

    • Polly says:

      Yes worked for us. Hang up and call again, as they say til you get an agent who knows what to do. They actually did our transfer for us as ot didn’t work for us either.

    • Martin says:

      Just called the Premier line and our guy had no clue?
      Said it was maybe not available as we are in Jersey? Don’t think this is correct…
      Any ideas what to try next…?

      • Joseph Heenan says:

        The offer doesn’t show up when making a transfer on the website either, but the bonus does arrive.

        I made a transfer on the website earlier today no problem. If you need to make the transfer on the phone for some reason there’s no reason I can see to insist the agent acknowledges the bonus, and it’s perfectly normal for agents to not be clued up, and I would be pretty certain that the bonus is not dependent on the agent manually triggering it.

        As for Jersey, who knows – I’d check if you see the offer when logging into internet banking with no ad blocker, for others & myself it shows up randomly on the home page (cycling between a few different ads). If you see that then obviously you’ve a good case to make if the bonus doesn’t arrive.

        • Martin says:

          Just called the Premier line again, different agent who said YES it is available to Jersey 🙂
          Transferred our 330,000 to BA and the 25% bonus should appear in our account soon.
          Just booked us on BA First from Jersey to Dubai for £250.00 and 68,000 (Free HSBC) Avios
          Top Drawer! 😎 ✈️ 🥂☀️

          • Spurs Debs says:

            It’s the little victories that mean the most! I’m happy because after booking the cheapest HBO fare to Munich I realised I’m silver and can guest my son into lounge for breakfast. Never been silver before so didn’t realise I could do that. Not only cheapest fare I paid £10 to hold price while I sorted out domestic arrangements and the fare is now double the price I paid.

          • Lady London says:

            *cackle* Well done, Debs

  • Jay H says:

    With the Amex Business cards you can now recieve up to 180,000 bonus membership reward points a year

    You will receive 18,000 bonus Membership Rewards points if your friend or family member uses the Referral Programme to apply for a card (other than a Basic Card) and is approved. You will not receive any points if they apply for a Basic Card. This is applicable for successful referrals between 29 August 2019 and 6 Nov 2019.

    Membership Rewards® points for each approved friend.

    You can earn up to 180,000 Membership Rewards® points by referring your friends.

    • Polly says:

      Tnx Jay for that info. We willl probably go that route. In a few mths time.

    • Rob says:

      This is a targeted – or at least time limited offer – I think. A few of us got it on our BA Amex cards last year.

  • LewisB says:

    OT: Has anybody decided on the crowd funding for Curve? The rewards have been released, goes live Tuesday 10 BST.

    • jimA says:

      I was about to ask the same question – Hopefully Rob has an article in preparation

      • Dan says:

        I was considering, but the incentives seam fairly underwhelming to be honest? Also not sure I’d invest without seeing their financials and business plan – neither of which have been disclosed!? Feels like a total punt.

        • LewisB says:

          It’s a total punt. Unless you really want a limited edition investor card. Not sure who would want the tote bag and socks.

        • Rob says:

          I think any article would count as financial advice which is an issue given my licensing, which is technically restricted to credit products and insurance.

  • Cat says:

    O/T a decade ago I remember having major issues bringing a bottle of Ron Zacapa rum back from Guatemala for my boyfriend, because I flew with Iberia and had to go through security again between connecting flights. I’m assuming that was because of the change from 4S to 4. I’m flying back from Costa Rica later today, but I went with the terminal 4S flight back to London, for lounge and seating reasons! Am I correct in assuming the absence of a terminal change means that I won’t have similar problems this time? I’m assuming many, many people on HfP will have flown long haul Iberia in business class recently!

    • marcw says:

      There’s still a security check. As long as you have the Duty Free receipt, you’re fine.

      • Cat says:

        Thanks marcw!

        • Nick says:

          Make sure it’s in a sealed STEM bag with the receipt inside. If you don’t have this EVERY airport in the EU will give you problems as it’s not allowed to pass through. With it, you’ll have no issue at all.

          • Cat says:

            Thanks Nick!

          • Lady London says:

            I once lost an exceedingly good bottle of Armagnac I had bought for a friend through not knowing about this sealed package requirement.

            I think SIN is also sticky about liquids in transit? As transit passengers had to put their hand luggage though machines when re- boarding last time i was there.

          • Cat says:

            The loss of that Armagnac must have hurt! It’s most annoying when it happens. I went through arrivals, rechecked my luggage and came dangerously close to missing my flight back to London for mine – my OH and I had only been together for a couple of months, I didn’t want to come back empty handed, and it was a bottle of Ron Zacapa XO!

            I’m hoping to locate a Mezcal that he particularly likes this time, although I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to in Costa Rica. Fingers crossed!

            Good to hear from you Lady London!

          • Shoestring says:

            not too many of us know the differences between Armagnac & Cognac 🙂

          • Lady London says:

            Pretty sure the Rob Zacapa XO is the one i used to always go for in T5 Galeries First. Much, much more interesting than JW Blue Label.

          • Cat says:

            It’s marvellous stuff, although he’s now far more into rhums (apparently the H is very important).
            Sadly SJO’s teeny-tiny duty free appears to consider regional beverages secondary to Scotch.

          • Cat says:

            Ooh, hidden amongst the chilli flavoured tequilas (I mean, really), there’s an acceptable tequila anejo, apparently.
            Wish me luck with T4S in Madrid!

          • Lady London says:

            Hum. for booze in exotic places I think maybe regular shops are the thing.

          • Cat says:

            Maybe, but then I need to find space in my ridiculously stuffed checked luggage…

          • Anna says:

            We took 2 litres of rum through T5 security yesterday connecting to MAN. It was properly sealed but they still put it in the scanning machine before they gave it back. They also made us separate all the unused BA Club World toothpastes from the toothbrushes in the same plastic and scanned them again, even after we had dismantled all the liquid contents of the amenity kits and put them in sandwich bags 🙄

          • Cat says:

            Making you separate toothpaste and toothbrushes? OK, that’s verging on the jobsworth!

  • Hotelier says:

    O/T Do Hilton do sales for US properties regularly? Might anyone know when next one might be? (travelling late Oct/Nov) thanks

  • Roger* says:

    Our Qatar reservation for Oslo-Cape Town next year has had timings changed. Nothing new, of course. We’re invited to accept the changes or decline them for a refund. We would not normally bother, but a cancellation could be convenient for diary reasons.

    When I booked, exact T+Cs were not available and change/cancellation charges not shown. Does anybody know what cancellations are likely to apply, if any? It’s in R class. Thanks.

    • AlexT says:

      Don’t think you’ll be charged anything for cancelling, but you can check with a phone agent.

    • Lady London says:

      As it’s schedule change no you wont be charged. If you’d been thinking if a différent time or date though, this is a good opportunité to ask for that instead. Perhaps even a very différent date if you ask nicely.

      Otherwise changes on QR seem to never be less than £200-300. And lots of their tickets are ‘no refund’. All that goes out the window for schedule change. (And EU 261 helps for flights departing Europe even QR.)

      So if you were thinking you might not do the trip now’s your chance and it’s a rare one so grab it.

      • Roger* says:

        Thanks, Lady L. A change could well be the right solution for us. I’ll look at alternative dates before deciding.
        I have to declare, though, that the CPT legs have changed from an A350-900 to an A350-1000. (Oslo legs A350-900). When will I have the opportunity of 4xQsuites again …?

  • Alex says:

    OT – what is current view on the best EUR account ? let say to some euro property purchase where you need to eventually convert gbp->eur and send eur payments from that account , so I wouldn’t risk to have Monese or anything like that for large amount of money ,

    transferwise ? hsbc expat premier with eur account ? Lloyds international ? any other options ?

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