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Get an excellent Qatar Airways business class flight deal from Oslo (eg Tokyo £1,377)

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Qatar Airways moves in mysterious ways.  No sooner does the short January sale end then a number of great offers appear for anyone willing to head out to Oslo.

The star deal is probably Tokyo.  This will cost you around £1300 return, plus of course the cost of a return flight to Oslo.  In return, you’ll get a great holiday plus 560 British Airways tier points plus a big pile of Avios.

British Airways gives you 140 tier points per flight over 2,000 miles on a partner airline.  This means that Oslo to Asia earns 4 x 140 tier points, factoring in the aircraft change in Doha.

Qatar Airways qsuite

If you read my recent series of Qatar Airways flight reviews (the series starts here with the Heathrow lounge) then you will be keen to give them a try.

Here are the key routes and the prices to look for, although you may also find good fares to other cities:

Oslo to Singapore – NOK 14,391 (£1,238)

Oslo to Bangkok – NOK 14,200 (£1,222)

Oslo to Beijing – NOK 15,230 (£1,311)

Oslo to Cape Town – NOK 15,773 (£1,357)

Oslo to Tokyo – NOK 16,001 (£1,377)

You can search via the Norwegian (in English) Qatar Airways site here.

The best availability is from May onwards, but you might get lucky with earlier dates.  In theory Qatar Airways is starting to impose a 90-day minimum purchase restriction on its cheapest fares.

To learn more about Qsuite business class seat, take a look at this special page of the website.  To learn more about the herringbone seat on the A380 and Boeing 787, take a look at this special page of the website.  The A350-900 out of Oslo could have either seat, whilst the A350-1000 – which you get from Doha to Tokyo – is definitely Qsuite.

To learn more about the Al Mourjan business class lounge in Doha, take a look at this page of the Qatar Airways website and read my Al Mourjan lounge review here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 a huge range of valuable 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (89)

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  • STJ says:

    OT. Does my priority pass just arrive in the post after platinum card delivery or do I have to enrol?

    • Tom1 says:

      Arrives in the post fairly quickly after plat card, but if you are in a hurry I’ve called PP and they issued the membership details over the phone for me to login to the app.

  • shd says:

    Q: If you refer someone for an Amex card but it turns out they’re not eligible for any bonus, do YOU still get the referral bonus?

    • Rimas says:

      Yes. At least it worked for me 3 weeks ago

    • Alex W says:

      As long as their card application is approved.

    • Anna says:

      Yes – it quite clearly says if the person you refer is accepted for a card, not that they have to be eligible for a sign up bonus. Hope this isn’t the next devaluation though!

  • jtz says:

    OT: does the ihg creation card with fee, give you a result straight away when applying? If it says I have to wait 7-10 days, does that mean there is something wrong?

    • Rob says:

      No, just means they couldn’t verify all the data you gave them immediately. More likely at weekends and evenings, it seems.

  • BJ says:

    Cheers 🙂 Did you hear about their issues last week? Lots of transactions went payable which apparently shouldn’t have and they stopped the payouts and reset them to pending. Seriously annoyed because in the interim I switched energy supplier so no longer certain U’ll get the dough for the last switch.

    • BJ says:

      Don’t worry about that extra £ as you might get your voucher much quicker than expected. I got one after only a month but cannot recall if it was L&G or Sun Life.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Yes, happened to me. Took them 3x days after pay out confirmation to advise me of their mistake. Going down hill a bit IMO after this and the BA transfer bonuses balls up.

    • Shoestring says:

      direct, yes

  • SK says:

    OT: could someone please advise how to keep Alaska points from expiring? I have about 10,000 points in each of mine and my husband’s account and no plan travel for a while as we are expecting a baby soon. Thanks.

    • BJ says:

      Credit a hotel stay, car hire or flight. They have a shoppping port@l in the USA so check if they have cheap electronic books from Barnes & Noble or something like that. IIRC you can also pay to have account reactivated and miles reinstated but I have no idea how much it costs.

  • Tom says:

    Flew back IAD to LGW via DUB with Aer Lingus. Due to the tight connection time in DUB, our bags (& several others’) didn’t make the connection, despite having the priority quick connection labels on; told bags would come on the next flight so waited at LGW, resulting in 3.5 hr delay. Aer Lingus saying they are only liable for baggage delays +24hr and even then only for emergency items (clothing and toiletries), not food while we waited or, incredibly, even the increased parking charges (dad had arrived to pick me up from LGW). Aer Lingus also not offering compensation; but EU regs specifically reference liability for delayed baggage.

    Have I got a case here?

    First time flying transatlantic via DUB instead of direct on BA; shame as it spoiled an otherwise positive experience.

    • Alex M says:

      I don’t think you have a case here – from memory definition of delayed baggage in aviation related documents is much more than 24 hrs.

    • Shoestring says:

      Harsh as it may sound, I don’t think you have much of a case and might be better going for a goodwill gesture – you could list the extra costs you incurred and ask pleasantly if they could make this good with points – worth a try. Pretty sure the law is on their side. What you could have done is leave the airport without your bags, filing the missing luggage forms in the Arrivals hall – and they would have been sent to your home address next day. Obvs far more convenient/ safer for you to hang around and collect them yourself, I get that – but Aer Lingus have no liability for the consequential losses you suffered or your inconvenience.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Why wait for the cases? They would have been delivered to you ASAP free of charge. I once had the bags turn up before I was home using public transport myself.

  • Secret Squirrel says:

    Does using a different email & home address get confirmed. Im sure years ago ive opened a paddy account?

    • Shoestring says:

      when I moved house I repeated everything on the sites with a new address/ email address/ debit card combo but same me (name / DOB) – nothing got refused second time around but they might have got sharper

  • CHCFlyer says:

    Only fair to mention that the lounge that QR use at Oslo, the OSL Lounge is poor, it’s a contract lounge used by many airlines with a dire F&B offering.
    You have no choice as the other three lounges at Gardermoen are all SAS (Star Alliance).

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