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Qatar Airways adds additional Edinburgh flights – and some other niche routes

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Qatar Airways has announced that it will increase services to Edinburgh to 14 per week during next Summer.

The current total of 10 flights per week will be increased to double-daily between July and October.  The additional flights will also use an A350.

The airline has also announced two more niche routes – Santorini, from 20th May, and Dubrovnik, from 20th April.  These routes will be operated by an Airbus A320, featuring 12 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways adds 2nd Edinburgh service

If you look at the list of other European cities where Qatar Airways is increasing capacity to Doha, it looks very bullish:

  • Adana will increase from three to five weekly flights
  • Antalya will increase from three to five weekly flights
  • Athens will increase from three to four daily flights
  • Belgrade will increase from seven to 10 weekly flights
  • Bodrum will increase from three to five weekly flights
  • Edinburgh will increase from 10 to 14 weekly flights
  • Oslo will increase from 10 to 14 weekly flights
  • Venice will increase from seven to 11 weekly flights
  • Warsaw will increase from 14 to 18 weekly flights
  • Zurich will increase from 14 to 18 weekly flights

Most of the above will use long-haul aircraft.  However, I’ve been impressed by the Qatar Airways strategy of using A320 aircraft to feed traffic into Doha from smaller airports

You would imagine that there are many regional airports in the UK which could support a daily A320 to Doha (assuming they bought the new long range variant) from where passengers could connect onwards.  You get a flat bed for the A320 flight and, whilst it obviously isn’t Qsuite, I think enough people would be willing to make the trade off if it meant flying direct from their local airport.

Remember that Qatar Airways flights earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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.

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British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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