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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 (May 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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.

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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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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  • Dawn says:

    Any news on the ‘offer’ that we were told to hang on for before applying for the Barclaycard Avios MasterCard or did I miss this totally?

  • BJ says:

    Perhaps we’ll soon see a personal Amazon amex card given that there is already a relationship with the business card.

  • Charles Martel says:

    How long before Qatar copies its airline children (and neighbours) in increasing surcharges? Does anyone know how or why the North American airlines have managed to avoid imposing charges that seem common in Europe, the ME and Australia?

    • Rob says:

      It’s illegal. Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO, told me on Tuesday.

      • Harry T says:

        God bless America!

      • Stu P. says:

        Seems bizarre that that is illegal but they can slap on resort fees at hotels. Hotel lobbyists must be a stronger bunch!

    • memesweeper says:

      I think the YQ has gone up. I don’t think they apply that to award bookings however.

  • JDB says:

    It has a huge range of exclusions including hospital, school and university fees, insurance premiums, garages, art galleries, tax payments etc. Maybe 40 exclusions or so.

    • Lady London says:

      That seems a bit miserable to exclude such peefectly normal purchases. Almost as if Chase doesn’t really want to pay the 1% caahback they advertise at all.

      Does being with Chase have any merits at all in the UK?

  • LetBAgonesbe says:

    I would not recommend to get the Avios Barclaycard at present because:
    *There is no ApplePay support
    *You can’t shop with it online at retailers where 3DS authentication is required (most retailers)
    *It does not work with Curve either

    • Owen Rudge says:

      No problem using it with Curve here – linked it on day 1 and was able to move a chunk of previous spending onto it immediately. Lack of Apple Pay is annoying, but I have Curve on Apple Pay so just use that.

      • Rob says:

        Do you have an ‘original’ corporate Curve?

        • Owen Rudge says:

          It’s a Legacy Black, but changed it from corporate to personal a while ago. Still has a tiny Amex balance in it too…

      • dougzz99 says:

        I added Avios Card to Curve successfully, will try to spend on it later. I have the free Curve card, had it ages and I assume it’s pretty much one of the earlier issued ones.

        • Rui N. says:

          An earlier issue Curve card would already have been replaced, as they expire after 3 years. So there’s nothing like that still around. And the number changes when they re-issue a new one (in my case even changed mine from personal to corporate).

  • Pablo says:

    Another ebay nectar happy hour coming on 25 March 12noon-1pm; 25x nectar points on one item in Home & Garden so a £300 item will earn 7500 bonus nectar points (4687 avios)

  • LetBAgonesbe says:

    Sorry to update the below with Paypal.

    I would not recommend to get the Avios Barclaycard at present because:
    *There is no ApplePay support
    *You can’t shop with it online at retailers where 3DS authentication is required (most retailers)
    *It does not work with Curve either
    *It does not work with PayPal

    • Ian says:

      Why not? Barclaycard manages to provide all those services with Visa cards, so is it a MasterCard issue? I can’t believe a card issued by Barclaycard isn’t going to be accepted at most online retailers.

      • Andrew. says:

        It will probably be something really simple like the BIN/PAN range hasn’t been fed across the Merchant Network yet to enable 3D secure.

        Anyone know if it works ok where Barclays are the Merchant Services provider.

    • Rui N. says:

      Plenty of people have reported it working with Curve (which solves the online thing problem). But, yes, potentially not being able to use it online is indeed a concern.
      But it would be weird to not get a card because it doesn’t support something I don’t use (ApplePay)… yes, unbelievably, not everyone values the same stuff you do.

  • Ian says:

    Give me the current cabin layout on Qatar’s comfortable 787 any day rather than the claustrophic QSuite.

    • chris says:


    • lumma says:

      I liked the old 777 six across seats. Pretty much unlimited space and you know, you could communicate with another human if you wanted

      • Nick says:

        I haven’t flown QSuite but I find BA’s new Club Suite claustrophobic too. Much prefer Club World (don’t hit me too hard!), particularly the rear-facing seats. Same with IB, I preferred the older unlimited-legroom seat to the new one with a huge screen right in your face.

    • BJ says:

      Thai surveyed passengers on seats a few years back and majority preferred open cabins to suites.

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