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What do Qatar Airways Avios flights cost from the UK?

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Back in March 2022, Qatar Airways adopted Avios as its loyalty currency.

This brought many benefits to UK-based Avios collectors, including the ability to earn and spend Avios on the new airline, hotel and car hire partners listed here.

A secondary benefit was that Qatar Airways generally required fewer Avios for its redemptions than British Airways Executive Club. How few, though, wasn’t particularly clear.

Qatar Airways Avios redemption chart

We did know that Australia and New Zealand is a great sweet spot as we wrote here. You need 180,000 Avios return in Business Class compared to 250,000 – 300,000 on the ‘old’ British Airways pricing.

I am in Doha this week and I have got my hands on the Qatar Airways Avios redemption chart for flights from the UK. I don’t think this has been published before.

A few points to note:

  • we ignored routes to the Americas and Europe as flying those from the UK via Doha makes no sense due to backtracking
  • I wasn’t given taxes and charges figures but these vary depending on which direction you are travelling in and with FX movements from day to day
  • if you are flying from London, you can book at these rates on EITHER or, as long as you select Qatar Airways flights – the Avios pricing, availability and taxes are meant to be identical across both sites although there are glitches
  • if you are flying from Manchester or Edinburgh, adds a 12,000 to 23,000 Avios (Business Class) each way surcharge based on the route length. You do not pay this surcharge if you book on For example, Manchester to Dubai is 57,000 Avios one way in Business Class on but 45,000 Avios on From London, it is 45,000 Avios on both sites.
  • for some reason the surcharge does not apply to Manchester to Perth, however, which is 90,000 Avios one way in Business Class. From Edinburgh it is 113,000 Avios one way at or 90,000 Avios on This leads me to believe that this is an IT issue and not a ‘feature’.
  • If you are in a British Airways Executive Club Household Account and need to use Avios from both accounts to make a booking, you will have to book at
  • you can book at from 360 days prior to departure – if you are booking the same flight at you need to wait until 355 days prior to departure
  • if you book on you may be offered flights at double the figures shown below. This are marked with a green square in the booking engine and represent ‘extra’ Avios availability which Qatar Airways is willing to make available for double Avios. You cannot see these extra seats on
  • you may find it easier to search for the onward leg first (eg Doha to Bangkok) and then look for the most suitable and available connection. This could be from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester or Edinburgh, or even – to save on taxes – Amsterdam or elsewhere in Europe.
  • Qatar Airways guarantees at least two Business Class seats per flight for Avios redemption
  • you can’t use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 Companion Voucher on Qatar Airways redemptions at this time
What do Qatar Airways Avios flights cost from the UK?

How much are Avios redemptions on Qatar Airways from the UK?

This list is correct as of 7th February 2023.

It excludes the Americas and Europe which, logically, you are unlikely to want to book via a transfer in Doha.

Qatar Airways currently flies to Doha from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh. All flights below require an aircraft change in Doha.

Remember that there is a 12,000 to 23,000 Avios each way ‘surcharge’ for Manchester and Edinburgh departures in Business Class if booked on This does not apply at It may be a BA IT error which will disappear at some point so it is still worth checking on both sites.

We have not included First Class flights in this chart. First Class is only available on the A380 fleet which only operates on selected routes, and Qatar Airways does not guarantee to make any First Class reward space available.

Happy booking!

One-way prices from UKEconomyBusiness
Abu Dhabi22,50045,000
Addis Ababa27,50055,000
Bali (DPS)40,00080,000
Cape Town37,50075,000
Chiang Mai37,50075,000
Da Nang37,50075,000
Dar es Salaam32,50065,000
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)37,50075,000
Hong Kong37,50075,000
Kuala Lumpur37,50075,000
Phnom Penh37,50075,000
Port Harcourt37,50075,000
Tokyo (HND)40,00080,000
Tokyo (NRT)40,00080,000


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

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 £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 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

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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 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 (133)

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  • Stas says:

    There are many routes where BA is asking for higher amount of Avios compared to Qatar website, for the same cabin and same cash portion. For example Tokyo (NRT), Seoul (ICN) and many others. This is a bug and started to appear when BA changed redemption charts some time ago, before that change prices were identical. Another bug is that BA sometimes showing some unexisting flights (Qatar don’t fly to HND, but BA is displaying this flight, without pricing though). Also very often you could see abnormal high cash portion (is £6k for economy redemption). BA is full of bugs, that’s the way they roll.

    • JDB says:

      I wonder if London to Seoul or Tokyo via Doha is outside the MPM so BA systems don’t like it and charge the individual sectors whereas for QR everything routes via Doha.

    • Andrew says:

      I recently redeem 45k Avios business seat for Doha to Tokyo Haneda which was showing on BA but no price. I had to call BA and the next day they call me back with the price and BA was able to ticket the segment.
      Now I am wondering if this flight is real or not since you mentioned that QA is not flying to HND. Help please !!!
      I can see they do flight to NRT.

      • meta says:

        Pre-pandemic Qatar used to fly to both NRT and HND, maybe they are re-starting?

  • Kev says:

    I was looking to redeem avios for London to Dhaka but offered ticket for 160,000 business, much less in economy.

    Cash (business) and reductions using avios for business seats was phenomenal and not worthwhile.

    Do we have to purchase economy tickets before finding out how many Avios are needed to upgrade to business subsequently? Could not find an option during the purchase page sequence.

    • Aston100 says:

      “I was looking to redeem avios for London to Dhaka but offered ticket for 160,000 business”
      How did you get to that figure?

      • Carlos says:

        Must be the Flexi rate (double avios seat, i.e. Q2 green tag) look for another date

  • BajanNation says:

    Do you get full access to Qatar lounges when flying on a business class redemption? Or is it one of their “business light” terms?

    • Rob says:

      Redemptions are fine.

      • meta says:

        But if you book via BA you cannot access Al Safwa First class lounge in Doha by paying extra. This is only available to QR-issued tickets.

      • VALittleRed says:

        Just a slight caveat, not if you use avios to upgrade on QR’s sight as lounge access is based on original travel class/fare booked. So a full business redemption is fine, using avios to upgrade a cash economy ticket is not

  • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

    Is it just me who can’t search on QR for award availability? I get a message saying I have insufficient Avios to book such a flight. My BA and QR Avios are linked and there’s plenty of a balance there to allow a flight to be booked. Pretty nonsensical system if you can’t search to check price/availability till you have the as yet unknown amount of Avios sitting with QR.

    • JonathanC says:

      It’s annoying when some airlines configure their systems to give those types of messages so you can’t see how much you’ll need to set aside

    • collarbone666 says:

      Possibly, I’ve had a few problems with the website over the last couple of days but when I have been able to search, it has still shown availability only having linked my account and keeping my Avios with BA.

    • Tim P says:

      You need sufficient Avios in your Qatar account. If they in your BA account they will show in your balance but you can only price if the Avios are in your Qatar account.

      • marks7389 says:

        That wasn’t a problem when I booked – My Privilege Club had no Avios in it – only the link to my BA account balance. Made a booking without having to manually transfer any Avios, which was done automatically after it took me through a link to log into BA.

    • Carlos says:

      Use the Qatar reward flight calculator but this doesnt tell you the tax required

  • BangkokBob says:

    Same problem for me as Blair WS. I have linked my BA & Qatar accounts and reverified as requested by QR, yet still I my BA points are ignored and I get the same message about needing 50% of points when I have way more than 100% in my BA account. Any body know of a work around other than temporarily transferring the points to BA?

  • BangkokBob says:

    Correction: others then transferring the points FROM BA. BTW, my BA points show in my QR profile…

  • Tracey says:

    Having the same problem here -can’t see any availability on the QR site.

    • babyg says:

      you probably want to give some examples if you expect any help…. e.g. LHR-AKL on FEB in J (or whatever)

      • Rob says:

        You’re going to struggle to the 90k zone. Was wide open last March when Avios launched but now pretty tight.

        That said, they have 20+ A350s coming back on stream and the plan at present seems be to increase capacity, esp to Australia, given my chats this week.

        • babyg says:

          AKL isnt in Australia 🙂 but agreed.. i booked up a few LHR-AKL flights back in march, the first of which we are flying in 9 days time…

  • Tracey says:

    If you go through the price+avios option and from there go to the avios option, it shows the avios availability.

    • BangkokBob says:

      Thanks, Tracey, but the cash plus Avios route you suggest does not work for me – it doesn’t even give me the option to part pay with Avios.. EK site will let you search even if you have zero points, don’t know why QR is so difficult.

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