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  • topz01 7 posts

    Is anyone else having an issue with the Qatar site doubling the amount of Avios required for a redemption?

    For example, London to Vietnam should be 75K Avios each way for business (so 150K return).
    This is what I paid in January.
    Their calculator is still showing this.
    BA.com even has Qatar operated flights available for this.
    But, if I try to book through Qatar Direct, it tries to charge 150K Avios each each way, so 300K.

    I’ve spent absolutely hours trying to fathom out what’s going on here, and I can see absolutely no reason for it.

    I even have screen shots of the same flight, on the same dat showing as 75k through BA.com 75K – but 150K through Qatar website.

    It’s so frustrating

    Aston100 1,461 posts

    Is there a show-stopping reason you can’t book though BA if BA are showing you the correct price?

    topz01 7 posts

    Yes, BA only seems to display a fraction of their available flights. The Qatar website has significantly more Qatar availability.

    Aston100 1,461 posts

    Yes, BA only seems to display a fraction of their available flights. The Qatar website has significantly more Qatar availability.

    OK, it’s just that your initial post seems to suggest you found the flight you were looking for on the BA site at 75k.

    al_wiltshire 27 posts

    Yes, BA only seems to display a fraction of their available flights. The Qatar website has significantly more Qatar availability.

    Are you looking at the Qatar Flexi awards? They have a little ‘Q2’ flag in the corner of the selection box, cost twice as much, and don’t show on BA.

    duggie1982 263 posts

    Yes, BA only seems to display a fraction of their available flights. The Qatar website has significantly more Qatar availability.

    Are you looking at the Qatar Flexi awards? They have a little ‘Q2’ flag in the corner of the selection box, cost twice as much, and don’t show on BA.

    Bingo!

    topz01 7 posts

    Guys, thank you so much for your help. How do find/search for ‘regular’ costing flights in that case, ones without the Q2 flag.

    topz01 7 posts

    So, further to my last .. every single flight has the Q2 flag .. even the one I have found in BA.com for 75k !! Makes no sense 🙁

    Aston100 1,461 posts

    So, further to my last .. every single flight has the Q2 flag .. even the one I have found in BA.com for 75k !! Makes no sense 🙁

    Read and weep:
    https://www.headforpoints.com/forums/topic/qatar-redemptions/

    DaveP 3 posts

    I’m delighted to have found this thread as I have had the same (frustrating) experience in searching for an Avios redemption with Qatar from LHR to Nairobi for June 2024. However, I am not delighted that it should be 65k each way but flags as 130k each way on the Qatar website.

    robkeane 79 posts

    It appears that most Qatar redemptions are “flex” which require twice the number of avios.

    The ones you will be seeing on the BA site are most likely the same ones you can see on QR website that are not “flexi”

    Jon 263 posts

    Something I’m finding particularly frustrating on Qatar’s web site is that even though I tick “Only show premium cabins” it still shows economy as well – which makes it very difficult to find the (rare if not non-existent) standard premium redemptions, as opposed to the double-price flexi ones. Every date shows the yellow “low fare” flag, but that refers to the economy seats, even though I’ve explicitly said I don’t want to see those. Anyone know of a workaround, ie to make the “premium only” tickbox actually do what it says on the tin…?

    fasul 24 posts

    I keep checking QR reward seats on a daily basis. Only today they released tons of award seats for a standard Avios pricing incl Tokyo, Cape Town, Bali,Brisbane, New York etc. Checked departures from Vienna (my nearest airport served by QR) for October 2024. I think it is another QR IT glitch rather than a promo or a return of old good times when you could get standard (not double) Avios/Qmiles awards anytime and anywhere.

    Mouse 193 posts

    Thanks @fasul – just got a pair of previously gold dust business class seats out of London at the normal price! Autumn 2024 looks wide open.

    Ladyshopper 124 posts

    If Qatar and BA are showing identical avios and fees for the Qatar flights, which is better to book with? I’m aware Qatar is slightly lower cancellation fees, I’m just thinking more about if there are any kind of problems.

    DonLee 226 posts

    If Qatar and BA are showing identical avios and fees for the Qatar flights, which is better to book with? I’m aware Qatar is slightly lower cancellation fees, I’m just thinking more about if there are any kind of problems.

    More flexibility for booking through QR if the flight cancelled.

    fasul 24 posts

    @Mouse – happy to help. @Ladyshopper – via BA I’m usually charged in GBP regardless of country of departure. And I cancelled recently about 5 award BA bookings and was charged 0 GBP cancellation fee. Another BA IT glitch in favour of customers. I wish it would last indefinitely

    fasul 24 posts

    EDIT: just a wishful thinking in my prev. post. I’ve just cancelled another BA reward and I was charged £35 cancellation fee. But honestly I do love current wide availability of QR standard Avios redemptions more than no cancellation fee for reward made via BA. Sorry – don’t know how to edit my older post (options offered were only “report” or “quote”

    Ladyshopper 124 posts

    EDIT: just a wishful thinking in my prev. post. I’ve just cancelled another BA reward and I was charged £35 cancellation fee. But honestly I do love current wide availability of QR standard Avios redemptions more than no cancellation fee for reward made via BA. Sorry – don’t know how to edit my older post (options offered were only “report” or “quote”

    Were they club Europe bookings rather than long haul? I’ve read that you don’t get charged cancellation fees for those.

    louie 136 posts

    Another thanks for the heads up from me to @fasul. Just booked ADL – LHR for May, one leg in qsuite and one on the A380.

    Ladyshopper 124 posts

    Sorry to be a pain – the HfP security thing seems to stall whenever I click on my account to look at my favourited threads (where I’m pretty sure I saved at least one with the answer to this question).

    Neither of us have enough avios to book return flights through the Qatar website, but we have enough combined in our BA household account for both trips.

    I was thinking of transferring enough over to Qatar for me to book both of us for the outbound trip, then book the inbound through BA. Does this seem sensible, or does the complication of not having enough individual avios mean it would just be simpler to book the whole thing through BA?

    fasul 24 posts

    Why don’t you just book the whole itinerary via BA? Another advantage you can use all your household account Avios. Provided you can see the same flights/availability/pricing as on QR site.

    Aston100 1,461 posts

    Why don’t you just book the whole itinerary via BA? Another advantage you can use all your household account Avios. Provided you can see the same flights/availability/pricing as on QR site.

    Exactly what I did in the very same scenario as @Ladyshopper

    Ladyshopper 124 posts

    Why don’t you just book the whole itinerary via BA? Another advantage you can use all your household account Avios. Provided you can see the same flights/availability/pricing as on QR site.

    Someone above said booking in Qatar was better. And I need to book two separate bookings anyway, as will be flying Lon – Auckland one way, and Sydney – London back again.

    I wasn’t sure if the benefits of booking through Qatar were worth the hassle of transferring to book one way through them, and the other through BA. Having never flown Qatar, or over to that side of the world, I just want to try and get the booking right first time!

    fasul 24 posts

    Aaah, makes sense. Qatar Airways is waaay better than BA especially if you score Qsuite all way. Doha airport can get a wee bit messy and overcrowded at times but nowhere close to Heathrow chaos. If you link your qatar airways privillege account with your british airways executive club account Avios will be deducted directly from your BAEC even when booking on QR web. Easy peasy. QR can deduct only your Avios and has no access to other member’s Avios at your household account
    https://www.headforpoints.com/2022/03/23/how-to-link-qatar-privilege-club-and-ba-executive-club-accounts/

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