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Qatar Airways resumes flights to Ras Al Khaimah

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Qatar Airways has resumed flights between Doha and Ras Al Khaimah, part of the United Arab Emirates, this week.

I’m mentioning this because we have covered Ras quite a bit on HfP. Ras is an interesting holiday option for someone who likes the quality of resort and the weather you get in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, but for a fraction of the price.

The trade off is that, unless you head out into the mountains for day trips, there isn’t much to do in Ras itself. When you’re there, most of the outings recommended by the hotels involve heading back to Dubai!

Qatar Airways resumes flights to Ras Al Khaimah

Ras is about an hours drive from Dubai so very manageable, especially given the low cost of car transfers in the region. However, with Avios availability to Dubai tight, the ability to fly via Doha on Qatar Airways – redeeming or earning Avios on the way – is worth considering.

The airport at Ras is on the same scale as London City Airport. You don’t need to worry about queues. The last time I used it, they had to unlock the executive lounge for me.

The obvious hotel choice in Ras is the Waldorf Astoria (review here). This is currently closed for refurbishment but reopens soon. It is better than the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah in Dubai in my view and far cheaper. The image above is of the Waldorf.

For a more Maldives-style stay, you have Marriott’s The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra beach resort, reviewed here, and, in the desert, The Ritz Carlton Al Wadi, reviewed here. Recent openings include an InterContinental and a huge mid-market Hampton by Hilton.

You can look up flight times via the Qatar Airways website here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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.

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.

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