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Qatar Airways to replace Emirates as F1’s airline sponsor – use Avios for tickets?

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SportBusiness has an exclusive story on Qatar Airways replacing Emirates as the official airline partner of Formula 1.

To quote:

Qatar Airways is set to be announced as the new airline sponsor of Formula 1, nearly doubling the fee paid by previous incumbent Emirates to secure the rights.

SportBusiness understands the state-owned flag carrier has agreed a deal to become a top-tier F1 Global Partner from the start of the 2023 season, with the deal expected to be announced ahead of the first race in Bahrain from March 3-5.

Qatar Airways to replace Emirates as F1's airline sponsor

I asked the Qatar Airways PR team in Doha if they could confirm the story but they refused to comment either way.

It sounds plausible, because Qatar has signed a 10-year deal with Formula 1 to host annual races from this year.

The reason I mention this is that Emirates has historically offered great value Paddock Club hospitality packages for Emirates Skywards miles.

You were never going to get a bargain for the British Grand Prix, but for anyone willing to head to some of the lower profile European races there were deals to be had. I know one reader paid just over 100,000 Emirates Skywards miles for 2 x 3-day Paddock Club hospitality packages for a European race last year.

At present Qatar Airways does not have ‘experiences’ redemptions. If they decided to launch them – and obviously having Formula 1 tickets to dish out is a good base to start from – this would be good news now that Qatar Privilege Club has adopted Avios as its currency.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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

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 sign-up 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 (29)

  • swifty says:

    A data point for you: IHG, don’t waste a stay here in Malta. The development around Malta is really haphazard, ugly, ill thought-out and random. Also the hotel is not really all that. We have a garden view suite, the balconies of the rooms are directly attached to the next balconies of the rooms next door, and we feel close to everyone else and then the front desk service is nervous. It isn’t 5 star at all and there is an overpowering male smell being pumped out in all areas. I’m not sure Malta is for me generally, but this is beyond that reluctance. I’m diamond amb and have an upgrade arranged, which they keep mentioning as if that has a relevance to my stay- it is making me feel uncomfortable with my guest. The minibar is “fill on request” which seems odd to me, I’ve never experienced that before. The hotel currently costs 95euro, but acting as if it’s 450plus. Wouldn’t recommend at all. For a new hotel it doesn’t look fabulous, there is rust visible on balconies. Its a sea facing room, The sea is 400-500metres away fyi

    • Andrew says:

      By IHG do you mean the Intercontinental? If so that’s good insight, I was about to book there!

      • G says:

        To offer an alternative view, we had a garden facing suite at the Intercontinental Malta also and although the room had some niggles, it was the lounge and the service of the lounge reception that made our stay. For example we asked if we could microwave some food for our little one – about 20 mins later the lounge assistant manager turns up with a microwave for us to keep in our room for the duration of our stay.

  • Spare says:

    “…overpowering male smell being pumped out in all areas”

    What does that even mean?

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