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You can now fly the Qatar Airways Qsuite in business class from Manchester Airport

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Qatar Airways is giving Manchester and the north a Valentine’s present in the form of its excellent Qsuite business class seat.  From 14th February, Qsuite is scheduled to fly on at least one daily service between Manchester and Doha starting with QR27/QR28.

From 1st March this is set expand with QR21/QR22, which means that two of the three daily flights will have HfP’s favourite business class seat and service as voted on by you in the HfP Travel & Loyalty Awards 2019.

Qsuite was the first business class seat to have a door and, arguably, is still the best.  You can read Rob’s recent review of Qsuite here.

The only catch is that Qatar Airways has a reputation for last minute aircraft changes which means that you can never quite be certain what you’ll get.  Nevertheless this is a win for anyone who prefers flying from Manchester, as you’ll be able to experience a genuinely excellent product.

If you want to find out more about Qsuite, there is a special section on the Qatar Airways website here.

If you want to know about other Avios redemption ideas from Manchester, this HfP article looks at Avios flights from UK regional airports.

Qatar Airways sale extended by 48 hours

The Qatar Airways sale was due to end on Monday, but it has been extended by two days.  You now have until tonight (Wednesday) to book

Qatar Airways has some excellent deals if you are willing to start outside the UKcheck the list in this article to see if you can save even more money by flying from Stockholm, Oslo or the many other European starting points.

There are a lot of other special offers linked to the sale, including:

  • Double Qmiles if you choose to credit to Qatar Privilege Club instead of British Airways Executive Club
  • Very low-cost Doha stopovers for up to four nights
  • Upgrades at the Oryx Airport Hotel
  • 25% off lounge access in Doha if it is not included in your ticket
  • 20% off excess baggage

Full details are on the sale website here.  If you are booking for flights from a European city, remember that the sale will end at midnight local time.

If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying for flights starting outside the UK 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.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

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:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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 (190)

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  • TripRep says:

    If BoJo was really canny he’d just cut APD to/from the remote regions that are heavily dependent on FlyBE connectivity.

    So FlyBE benefits but other carriers don’t.

    eg LHR-ABZ/EDI doesn’t need a APD cut as BA operates on that route.

    • Muzer says:

      This sounds sensible to me. I mean one of the benefits of APD is that it at least in part covers the environmental impact of air travel. If Flybe can’t afford to pay for flights on “profitable” routes then they frankly don’t deserve to be in business. I shall be writing to my MP about this one (not that she’s likely to listen).

      • Stu_N says:

        Exempt Devon, Cornwall and NI then cut duty for other domestic flights that don’t start and end in London.

        That would do the job wouldn’t it?

      • TripRep says:

        It’s good PR for BoJos much famed one nation outlook.

        It also should stop Willie whining as BA are not directly competing with FlyBE on these vital routes for marginalised communities.

        It’s a compromise that XR & co won’t like, but the general tax payer will stomach.

    • John says:

      I believe that would constitute state aid so they have to do something more complicated.

    • marcw says:

      The problem is they aren’t that remote: land transportation is crap. That’s why the region connectivity is relies on land transportations. Except for NI and other small islands, they need good air links… but I believe there’s no APD so… essentially FlyBe business model doesn’t work.

    • the_real_a says:

      And also a cut to places that currently DONT have a connection to London. From HUY i would need to change in AMS to get to LHR which is ridiculous.

  • MattB says:

    I had about £50 worth that went to payable last week but then reversed to pending or approved a day later before I could pay out. The stuff that went back to pending I wasn’t expecting to get as I had returned the items etc or it was from hotel bookings I hadn’t actually stayed at yet. Looks like they had a system issue which made a load of transactions incorrectly marked as payable. I still have >£150 at payable I was going to wait for next 25% bonus but might just cash in now.

  • James says:

    Hi All

    OT – How does AMEX platinum travel insurance work? Do I need to manually enroll?

    I have a trip to the US but booked with BAPP card, would this be an issue?


    • Charlieface says:

      No it’s automatic.
      Some coverage requires payment with ANY Amex, most coverage you can pay with any card. SO you’re OK. But check the documentation yourself

  • sayling says:

    I don’t understand how cutting APD is supposed to help – if the amount charged is the same, regardless of the airline flying the route, it doesn’t affect competitiveness. Plus the amount collected goes straight to the government anyway, so is effectively excluded from the P&L, isn’t it?

    • Charlieface says:

      Helps them compete with train, which for domestic is their main competitor.

    • Andy says:

      I’m far from an expert, but is the competition aspect here not between various airlines, but the choice between flying and taking the train, or just driving yourself to the destination?

      • Cormac says:

        Virgin Connect said they would look into dropping routes that can be achieved by rail or road in a competitive amount of time. If it can be done in under 5 hours, and the flight isn’t profitable, then it shouldn’t operate. Interregional flight connectivity in England doesn’t need to be as high unless you’re going to Cornwall; Newquay to the north England is understandable, Exeter to Manchester less so and it’s the ticket price that probably deters potential users.

    • Genghis says:

      Won’t impact P&L. APD is paid after the flight is taken. As such, accounting is Dr cash, Cr APD payable acct (balance sheet) when customer pays and this gets reversed out once paid to HMRC. However, not paying HMRC helps with cash flow. Most business fail not due to lack of profitability but lack of cash.

      • Doug M says:

        Wouldn’t a lack of cash be a lack of profitability to generate the cash? Unless of course directors are extracting too much of the cash, which makes the deferred tax ‘bailout’ even more palatable.
        I get new businesses can struggle initially, but Flybe are established and consequentially are victims of their own business model. If a mature company lacks cash surely they’ve just been spending more than their income, hence unprofitable?

        • Shoestring says:

          as I mentioned elsewhere on thread, Flybe got hit hard by the credit card cos, who are hanging on to more of Flybe’s cash from advance sales than they used to

          no idea how much is involved – Flybe’s annual revenue 2018 was £752.8m – so it is not fanciful to see the credit card cos hanging onto an extra £50m of Flybe’s cash

    • John says:

      They can raise the fare element by the amount of the APD thus keeping more money while passengers pay the same, or the total cost to passengers becomes cheaper which entices demand.

  • BJ says:

    OT @Rob: Any idea if we are getting news on Virgin AF/KLM today?

    • Rhys says:

      Your guess is as good as ours! I expect we’ll get a press release of some sort at least…

      • BJ says:

        Thanks, I guess we’ll have to be patient a bit longer 🙂 Looking for an alternative to JAL for FB miles but I don’t hold out much hope that Virgin will bd it.

    • Rob says:

      I was with the head of Flying Club on Monday and even he didn’t know …

      • BJ says:


      • TripRep says:

        That doesn’t surprise me.

        I had another tiresome experience with FC this morning, misinformed yet again. Tired to charge me 2x change fees for booking the rtn legs onto an existing outbound, despite being promised 2 weeks ago it wouldn’t be charged.

        Eventually, patience, politeness and perseverance paid off.

  • andy says:

    OT – Question about Curve charges on NSANDI transactions. I know it’s going to be 1.5% on HMRC payments after the 24th January (so paid my tax bill already).They said that would be a trial before introducing the charge on payments to NSANDI etc. So…I’m assuming that means that on the 28th January I’m still ok to use my curve card to put a bit of my monthly salary into premium bonds without being hit by a charge?
    If so, any word how long the “trial” will be before they charge for NSANDI

    • jc says:

      There’s no official date. The trial period could be now til 24th for all we know.

      Just make sure you have a bank debit card loaded in to your Curve app, and then go wild: if you do get hit with the 1.5% you can “Go back in time” and switch the payment to the debit card. They’ve confirmed that this will revert the 1.5% fee.

      • memesweeper says:

        Go back in time is limited to transactions under £1,000 IIRC, so start small!

        • jc says:

          Not if you get charged the 1.5%, it isn’t. In that case they will still honour a GBIT – just have to request by email within 14 days. This is all explained in their FAQ.

      • John says:

        Did they not say they would inform us before adding any more merchants besides HMRC

  • Chalieface says:

    Re FlyBE:

    Nothing like a government “review”. Sir Humphrey, here we come.

  • Istvan says:

    Partly Qatar Airways, but OT:
    Just want to be 100% before forking out: Does Qatar and/or Qantas have a full refund cancelation policy within 24 hours of booking for non-refundable tickets, similar to BAs?

    • EvilDoctorK says:

      I don’t think so, but you can do a 72 hour ‘hold’ on an itinerary for a fairly nominal fee ( not refundable against the price I don’t think , but it’s not much – $ 15 maybe … comes up at the final stage of the booking process as an alternative to Paying with credit card there and then )

    • Leigh says:

      Qantas only provides the 24h cancellation if booked in the US, but not here

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