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Qatar Airways to bring back its London Gatwick service from June

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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

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up 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 (43)

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  • KS says:

    There’s certainly something odd with the Avios Barclaycard. I called support (card arrived with packaging completely opened and card floating around inside) using the number on the card. The guy who answered couldn’t locate me or my card on their system. Issue was resolved by him Skyping a colleague whilst I fed him the information that he (well his colleague) needed.

    Apparently I was the first Avios card customer he had ever dealt with.

    It all seems a bit like it’s being held together with sticky tape.

    • Chas says:

      I had a similar issue a couple of days ago, over several different phone calls. There were a couple of things which I picked up:
      1) I tended to speak with people from Barclays, rather than Barclaycard (and they don’t have access to Barclaycard systems “yet”). Whether that means that the wrong phone number is printed on the back of the cards is anyone’s guess….
      2) I spoke to the fraud team a few times as I kept getting transactions declined, and when they struggled to find any record of my card it turned out that they were the debit card fraud team, and not the one which dealt with credit cards…

    • Jeff77 says:

      Sounds like a shambles. Not sure I want to sign up regardless of any avios points being up for grabs.

    • DevonDiamond says:

      I’ve had a few issues with my Honors Barclaycard and the customer service is abysmal. My card seems to get declined every few weeks but they can never explain why and it gets embarrassing and tedious.

      • Harrier25 says:

        I’ve never had an issue with my Hilton Barclaycard.

        • AJA says:

          Fingers crossed I too have never had an issue with my Hilton Barclaycard. From the horror stories re the Avios card it sounds like I should be grateful I can’t switch 🙂

  • Yona says:

    People are not going to be happy when they learn who Amazon chose to replace NewDay … (I think this is enough to guess who)

    • Lynx says:

      I’m guessing it’s not Darwin. 😉

    • Peter K says:

      Creation??? 😝

      • Lady London says:

        Nooooooooo !!

        Seriously, though, who else was there for Amazon to choose from?

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        Creation are already out of the UK market, so who can it be?

        The assumption of course being they plan to choose anyone. Maybe part of the deal with visa is tied up in this?

  • ben says:

    Newday seems to be losing most of their affinity partners – Burtons , Debenhams , Office and other ex Arcadia brands now all gone (albeit by going bust) and now Amazon (which was always a slightly odd relationship given the difference in size of the two companies). Only really House of Fraser and a couple of others left now with Newday. One wonders whether they will have any left soon.

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