Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Qatar Airways adds 11 weekly London flights

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

Qatar Airways has announced a sharp increase in the number of flights it operates from London.

If you have been struggling to find Qatar Airways reward availability because the London to Doha legs were not available, it is worth another look.

Qatar Airways adds 11 weekly flights from London

From London Gatwick:

From 19th June, Qatar Airways will operate two daily flights from London Gatwick instead of one. The British Airways service is also remaining, at least for now, although I don’t understand the point of having two flights to Doha which depart literally a few minutes apart around 2pm.

The new flight will be a morning departure, leaving Gatwick at 9am and arriving in Doha at 5.35pm. It will use a Boeing 787-8 which has the same business class as the A380, which I reviewed on Monday.

From London Heathrow:

From 28th March, Qatar Airways will add a 7th daily service on selected dates. This will be on a Boeing 787-9, so you won’t be getting Qsuite.

It will be an overnight flight from Heathrow, leaving at 9.20pm and landing at 6.05am in Doha. It will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Heathrow will now see 45 Qatar Airways flights per week, with a total of 59 weekly flights across Heathrow and Gatwick.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

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.

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 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 (120)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Peggerz says:

    Hi Rob.
    Just to add that Qatar are upping their game at EDI too with 10 flights a week going to 14, starting 1st July 2023.

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      Hi Peggerz,

      Thanks to BA’s levelling up programme with the new 241s, we have just changed an INV-LHR-SYD to an EDI-LHR-SYD.
      We had decided against Qatar because we thought BA’s 05:05hrs arrival was maybe better than Qatar’s c17:00, and there was no EDI-DOH availability!

      But if there’s now availability on QR ex-EDI…….?

      We have got AKL-DOH-EDI with a three hour layover in DOH, so very happy with that.

  • Tim P says:

    Qatar is also undertaking a major equipment reshuffle. My flight DOH – BKK in October has been changed from an A380 to a B777 and my booked first downgraded to business.

    I’m wondering whether the A380s are being re-withdrawn following Qatar and Airbus’ kiss and make up over the A350s.

    • VALittleRed says:

      Wouldn’t be surprised, Akbar has always said he doesn’t like them from a commercial point of view sadly. I would be sad to see the onboard bar go.

      • Neil says:

        Doubt it, the DOH-BKK route is always a roulette with equipment shuffles regularly happening pre COVID as well.

  • Nick says:

    As if a government run by and for the hardcore Brexiteer/Tufton St gang would ever allow european governments to collect biometrics “on British soil” 😂

    No matter how sensible an idea it would be, there’s no chance it would ever happen. They’re already apoplectic that the EU hasn’t just rolled over and given ’special’ England an opt-out from the policy in the first place.

    • A says:

      Tbf they already allow it for US global entry, it requires a uk background check first. IMHO tufton st are most likely funded by multinationals and brexiteers are the foolish puppets of foreign (kremlin adjacent) interests.

    • Ray B says:

      If the EU thinks that it is fireproof they will be the losers if Brits decide to holiday outside the EU,they would suffer a considerable loss of income.

  • EU says:

    Can’t believe ETIAS is delayed again. The sooner we start charging people to enter the better.

    • Alex Sm says:

      You are already stamping UK passports and barring UK passport holders from using e-hates while enjoying stamp-free and e-border entry to the UK! What else do you need??? I’m not a Brexiteer but this lack of reciprocity is an utter disgrace…

      • Alex Sm says:


      • M Jones says:

        Totally agree.

      • Phillip says:

        Cyprus allows U.K. passport holders use of “E-gates”! Or their version of, at least!

        • M Jones says:

          France, Spain, Portugal and Italy do as well as their main airports and in France case at St Pancras now. You do need a stamp after but it’s quick with no questions.

          Contrast that to to the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway where you get grilled and eyed up like a criminal. I find travelling to the US less of an ordeal.

          Makes a mockery of Schengen really that some members are so chill and others so OTT.

          • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

            Two weeks ago I was indeed “grilled” by the K Mar on arrival at AMS,

            It went something like this

            K Mar – how long are you visiting for

            Me – five nights until next Monday

            K Mar – enjoy your stay

            Me -dank u wel

            I was certainly left quivering like a jelly after that ordeal.

          • Rob says:

            Turn up Friday with your kids and of course you’re fine. Turn up on Monday with a return flight on Tuesday, with a laptop bag, alone, and expect serious discussions about why you are entering Europe for business purposes without a visa.

            (This is normally my situation. The reason I am not on business of course is that we are reviewing a flight or hotel, not attending meetings.)

          • M Jones says:

            When I see grilled I mean it.
            I do not mean the US style ‘business or pleasure, sir’ exchange.
            I mean demand to see proof of income, proof of return ticket, slow look through every page of my passport to count stamp days.
            I got royally told off the other day on a Denmark to Sweden ferry by the Swedes for having two British passports. I mean come on.
            Then you fly into Portugal or Italy and its an E-Gate and you are through.
            Lets remember EU citizens flying into most UK airport shoot through the E gates with no questions at all!

      • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

        Lack of reciprocity is called taking back control.

        It applies to the EU as much as the UK.

      • conspicuous-capybara says:

        If you think the UK-Schengen relationship is uneven you must be incensed at the discrepancy between an American sailing through e-gates in the UK and a British person being fingerprinted and questioned every time upon their entry in the US.

        • M Jones says:

          Well yes that is true.
          But let us remember Singapore, NZ and Australia have now reciprocated allowing Brits to use their E-Gates.
          However at least the US does have a GE system which is as good as an E-Gate albeit with considerable cost and hassle at the front end.
          My hope is E-Gates become the way, and hopefully EES/ETIAS will allow quick use of them once initial registration is complete.

  • riku says:

    >>Anyone visiting the Schengen area who does not require a full Visa will need to apply in advance for ETIAS
    That is not true. ETIAS would not apply to British passport holders with a permanent resident card for an EU country.

    • redlilly says:

      Surely those British passport holders with PR for an EU country, fall under the category of those “visiting the Shenghen area who do not require a visa” (i.e. the caveat in the article)?

      This PR should also be linked to a passport, which “should” mean you can use an e-gate for EU citizens. At least if you need to go and see a border agent, you can show your PR it asked…

  • Russ says:

    This is linked to your passport so why do they need your pic and fingerprints it goes against the whole idea in the first place. The questions they ask to get the ETIAS is ridiculas. Why do they need to know where you work how much you get paid ? How long you worked there and other private and personal questions which have nothing to do with travel just so you can go there for a holiday

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.