Qatar Airways has announced that it is returning to London Gatwick from 5th June.
The airline will offer a daily flight using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. This does not feature Qsuite but – as we reviewed here – Qatar’s 787-8 business class seat is pretty good too.
It is a shame that Qatar Airways is not taking the opportunity to bring its new 787-9 aircraft to Gatwick, featuring an updated version of Qsuite as we covered here.
The flight will operate alongside the current daily Gatwick to Doha flight offered by British Airways, which has a joint venture with Qatar Airways on the route.
From 5th June, Qatar Airways will be offering:
- 35 flights per week from Heathrow
- 7 flights per week from Gatwick
- 18 flights per week from Manchester
- 7 flights per week from Edinburgh
As a member of oneworld, you earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points when you fly with Qatar Airways. If you are heading to Asia, Qatar Airways is far more lucrative than flying with BA. The aircraft change in Doha means you earn four lots of 140 tier points per return flight in Business Class.
Qatar Airways is about to adopt Avios for its own Qatar Privilege Club loyalty programme. We hope to learn more about how this will work in the next week.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)
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. 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
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