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Qatar Airways launches a two day flash sale

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Qatar Airways has launched a two day flash sale, running today and Friday. It could be for you if you want to get something in the diary to look forward to, post covid.

Whilst most Qatar Airways flyers from the UK choose to credit their flights to British Airways Executive Club to earn Avios and tier points, you will receive double miles in Qatar Privilege Club if you book during this offer and choose to credit your flights to their programme instead.

Qatar Airways flash sale

You will also earn 2,000 Qatar Privilege Club miles as a sign-up bonus if you choose to join today or tomorrow.

Full details of the sale fares are on the Qatar Airways website here.

Here are some headline fares I picked at random from London (but don’t forget Manchester and Edinburgh):

Economy

  • Karachi £451
  • Zanzibar £467
  • Muscat £445
  • Cape Town £538

Business

  • Cape Town £2,459
  • Singapore £2,439
  • Phuket £2,179
  • Bangkok £2,229
  • Sydney £3,489
  • Bali £2,609
  • Muscat £2,046

Manchester to Tokyo for £2,169 is one of the most interesting regional deals I spotted.

Qatar Airways sale

52 weekly flights from across the UK

With the recent resumption of flights from London Gatwick at the end of August, Qatar Airways remains the biggest international airline flying into the UK.

From mid October there will be 52 UK departures per week, comprising:

  • Edinburgh (three weekly flights)
  • London Gatwick (four weekly flights)
  • London Heathrow (four daily flights)
  • Manchester (17 weekly flights)

You are covered by the Travel with Confidence policy

Qatar Airways has recently extended its ‘Travel with Confidence’ policy. The new policy applies to new bookings made by 31st December 2020.

This article explains Qatar’s original ‘Travel with Confidence’ policy. The changes now mean that:

  • Date changes are free for travel up to 31st December 2021. This applies whether your flight is cancelled or still operating.
  • Destination changes are free if your original booking is cancelled, for travel up to 31st December 2021.
  • You can choose to swap your ticket value for Qmiles if you wish to cancel. You will now receive 80 Qmiles per $1 spent (previously 100 per $1).
  • You can, on request, have the validity of your ticket extended up to two years from the date you originally booked
  • The option to cash in your ticket for a Qatar Airways voucher, topped up by an extra 10% of the base fare and valid for two years, remains

If you are not a Qatar Privilege Club member, you can only change the destination within the same country or to another country within 500 miles.

You can find full details of the flash sale on the Qatar Airways website here.

Comments (39)

  • Andrew says:

    You do realise “post-covid” is a couple of years off?

    • Alan says:

      Indeed, Australia now predicting 2022 before reopening! Certainly nothing at all exciting about these fares to entice me into giving QR an interest free loan.

  • letBAgonesbe says:

    The Business class prices are far too much considering the current covid and economic climate.

    I don’t think anyone in their right mind would take up on this offer, but I do wish good luck to Qatar.

    • Andrew says:

      +1 this is not a sale. However Qatar do continue to provide a near normal business class experience without the requirement for mask wearing in flight, so it’s as close to old normal as you can get at the moment so might be worth paying the premium for.

      • Rob says:

        No-one actually knows how pricing will drop out next year. It either tanks, to fill seats, or it shoots up on the basis that those who need to travel can be gouged and there is no leisure market.

    • DaveP says:

      You can blame the UK government for the add-ons to the comparatively high prices ex-UK. Ex-Europe still far cheaper – the problem still remains of finding somewhere to go even in 2021. Fingers crossed!!

      • Polly says:

        Or worse, not even being able to position for your ex eu flights, due to changing entry rules… still, if Thailand gets it’s act together, instead of changing it’s mind on an hourly basis, the Scandis will fill those J seats no problem…

        • Paul says:

          If the expats here stuck to the rules then the Thais would have things under control much quicker.

          • AndyC says:

            …and if the (Thai) locals decided that they actually wanted expats to come and visit, which a majority currently do not, then perhaps the country would open up sooner rather than (a lot) later.

          • Lady London says:

            Apparently Thailand has just cancelled the long stay tourist visa program anyway. Er… I mean delayed it… so they’re not giving money back according to another site, and not refunding applicants’ money for the visa application either.

      • Andrew says:

        True to a certain extent but Singapore from Stockholm for £1200 or £2200 from LHR: APD doesn’t account for £1000 – much of the price difference is down to market pricing.

        • DaveP says:

          Either way a price difference of £1k is a real incentive to go ex-UK. I had a ticket ex-UK with Qatar Airways starting in Oslo via Doha to Tokyo. Sadly currently travel restrictions meant I couldn’t get into any of the three countries.

          • Andrew says:

            Totally agree. I’ve lost track of the times I’ve sat about in Stockholm airport waiting for QR check-in to open after flying in on a BA flight from LHR. Those days for now are on hold as it’s bad enough doing point to point travel not point to point to point travel.

          • Lady London says:

            Istanbul old airport annoyed me that way as well. Desks opening very little time before the flight departs. It kinda looked like you had to “know someone” to get designated as a VIP, in order to be able to check in at a time that wouldn’t leave you worried you might not make your flight after check-in. And that was in J.

        • Polly says:

          Agree, good prices to Asia generally ex eu with this one…but just got kul in the avios sale, which of course may or may not go..qr refunding our Nov kul ex eu ones atm..Sadly can’t get into Malaysia to god knows when nor Phuket.

      • Paul says:

        This is just not so. You cannot blame APD when the fare difference between flying ex LHR and AMS on the same day to the same place is £1700 per passenger. APD at its worse is £160

  • memesweeper says:

    How many days ahead can you book? 355 like BA?

  • TGLoyalty says:

    These UK fares aren’t a ‘sale’

    I paid £1,400 to HKG from LHR with a 2 night stop over now that was a sale. Or £900 to Dubai from BHX.

    They’d need far more tempting fares for me to contemplate giving QR a loan for a few months.

    • Andrew says:

      Agree. Nothing to see here.

      • Rob says:

        Those were the old days though ….

        • Andrew says:

          But even still – over £2000 for an indirect flight to Asia – hardly bargain of the year. But of course this is an advert rather than editorial.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          But you can pick up these fairs with BA even direct from LHR.

    • Lady London says:

      Not even any recent deterioration in the FX rate to explain the price difference.

      Perhaps they feel they have to build the cost of “book with confidence” into the price in some markets

    • cinereus says:

      +1

      • Rob says:

        I think you may have a false impression of how cheap flights are going to be for a while. With little leisure business, fare may remain high to gouge business travellers who have to travel. Let’s see though.

  • Froggitt says:

    I’m not sure any of the teachers who were up at 2am the past three days will be too impressed by this sale.

  • Dubious says:

    I have been waiting for Qatar to extend their COVID-19 policy and then offer a good fare…thought it would be useful for renewing my BA Silver/ get back up to Gold…but they’ve just been beaten to it by the Avios Sale…

  • ChrisD says:

    The best thing that Qatar could have done to allow me to “travel with confidence” would have been to refund me for my flights in March, rather than force me to do an Amex chargeback in July. No way I’m giving them a loan until 2021.

  • Aston100 says:

    Even though it doesn’t seem to say it, school holidays seem excluded.

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