Qatar Airways is running a one-day 10% discount deal for no other reason that the date is 02/02/20!
For TODAY ONLY (Sunday), you can get an additional 10% off the base fare of any Economy or Business Class ticket using promo code 0202.
It is valid for travel from today until 10th December.
This is not just a UK deal. All of the good value Qatar Airways European starting points are participating. Cities we recommend trying include:
Berlin / Frankfurt
Milan / Rome
The best deals recently have been out of Stockholm and Oslo. If you are looking for a discounted long-haul flight to Asia, Africa or Australasia then I would start by looking at departures from the UK, followed by Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen and then potentially moving on to Germany.
The 10% discount works on all ticket classes. However, because it only discounts the base fare and not the taxes, the actual discount will be fairly small for Economy tickets. Business Class discounts will be nearer to 10%.
There are some great deals from Belgrade but this is a tricky place to reach from the UK. Don’t book from there unless you know how you will position yourself.
A ‘good’ Business Class fare to Asia would be around £1,200 (£1,500 to Japan and Africa). Here is a typical £1,300 return example from Oslo to Cape Town for example (click to enlarge). I took this quote last week so you may not find the exact fare available today, but similar fares are around:
How to earn Avios and BA tier points with Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has an excellent business class product.
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.
If you won’t take my word for it, Qatar Airways won Best Airline, Best Long-Haul Airline, Best Business Class and Best Middle Eastern Airline in the 2019 Business Traveller Awards. And, of course, your fellow HfP readers voted it ‘Best Business Class Seat & Service’ in the inaugural Head for Points Travel & Loyalty Awards.
However, a key reason for Head for Points readers to fly them is that you earn British Airways Avios and tier points from your flight.
How many tier points will I earn?
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld airline alliance, alongside British Airways. This means that, if you put your British Airways Executive Club number into the booking, you will earn Avios and BA tier points when you fly.
When flying airlines other than British Airways, there is something called the ‘2000 mile rule’ in the Executive Club:
- Business Class flights under 2000 miles earn 40 tier points per sector
- Business Class flights over 2000 miles earn 140 tier points per sector
From all of the destinations listed above to Doha it is more than 2000 miles. Doha to Asia is more than 2000 miles. This means that your return Business Class flight from Europe to Bangkok will earn 140 + 140 + 140 + 140 = 560 tier points in British Airways Executive Club.
Be careful if you see any cheap Qatar Airways flights from Southern Europe. Check that the distance between your departure airport and Doha is over 2,000 miles. gcmap.com is a good resource for this – put in the airport codes (eg ‘LHR-DOH’) and click ‘Distance.
How many tier points do I need for BA Silver status?
600 tier points. This means that you are over 90% of the way there in just one trip to Asia or beyond with this deal.
However, you ALSO need to have done four paid British Airways one-way flights in your current membership year before you are upgraded. You cannot earn the 600 tier points purely from partners.
Bronze status requires just 300 tier point and two paid BA flight segments in your current membership year.
British Airways Executive Club Silver status has two key benefits – lounge access for you and a guest whenever you fly, plus free seat selection at the time of booking. You can find out more benefits of Silver status on ba.com here.
Your status would last for the rest of your current membership year plus all of the following year. If you booked one of these flights in the first few weeks of your next membership year, you would potentially get Silver status for almost two years.
What is Qatar Airways business class like?
Qatar Airways has an excellent Business Class product. Whilst individual seats can vary from aircraft to aircraft the exceptional soft-product is uniform across the fleet.
Here are the main aircraft options:
Boeing 787-8 – the seat you are most likely to get is the 1-2-1 herringbone configuration I reviewed here. This is based on the same Super Diamond seat that the new British Airways Club Suite is based upon, albeit without a door and a slightly different tray table and sculpted seat surrounds.
A350-1000 – between Doha and a variety of busier destinations in Asia including Singapore you get the fantastic Qsuite which I reviewed recently, which is installed on all of Qatar’s A350-1000 aircraft.
Boeing 777-300ER – some 777 routes still get the older 2-2-2 seating I reviewed here. Qatar is in the process of refitting its entire Boeing 777 fleet with Qsuite and is about 50% completed on the 777-300ER, so you may get lucky with refurbished one with Qsuite (reviewed here).
A380 – on some flights Qatar flies an A380, which features its reverse herringbone seat reviewed here – it is not Qsuite but it has a great bar.
If you are particularly unlucky you may also get an A330. These are fitted with a 2-2-2 business class seat – I would normally not recommend these but, as these are all companion fares, you will be travelling with other people so your neighbour will be know to you!
It has to be said that Qatar Airways has a habit of changing its aircraft allocations at short notice, so I wouldn’t get too hung up on which one you choose because it may change.
To learn more about Qsuite, 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.
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.
Which credit card should I use?
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. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
If you’re planning a trip to Asia, Africa or Australasia ….
It is difficult to pick out individual deals. You need to pick out a few starting points and try some routes.
Don’t get too hung on the cheapest fare to the nearest penny. Bear in mind the length of any stopovers and the cost and convenience of getting to your European starting point.
I recommend starting a search with Stockholm, Gothenburg (whcre Qatar Airways has a lot of capacity) and Oslo. Scandinavia has been the home of the best flight deals for the last year or so, and not just with Qatar Airlines.
Don’t forget to add promo code 0202. Remember that you need to fly by 10th December to get the additional discount.
The 0202 code ends at midnight LOCAL TIME so don’t leave it too late – deals will start to drop away at 10pm and 11pm UK time.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
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.