Qatar Airways and Qatar Privilege Club

Qatar Privilege Club is the loyalty scheme for Qatar Airways. The articles below outline the best ways of earning and spending your points if you are based in the UK. I also review the First Class and business class service on Qatar's A380, Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 aircraft and the Qatar Premium Lounges in Heathrow Terminal 4 and the new Hamad International Airport in Doha. For further information on Qatar Airways and Qatar Privilege Club, visit their website here.

Does Italian law mean you can book a cheap BA ticket from Milan but get on in London?

We cover ex-EU flights deals (cheap flights which start in a European country, not the UK) now and again on Head for Points, although they are not for everyone.  There are two types of ex-EU deal if you live in the UK: saving money (not […]

Which airlines let you transfer miles INTO hotel loyalty programmes?

Almost all hotel loyalty programmes let you transfer you points into certain frequent flyer schemes.  What is far rarer is for a frequent flyer scheme to let you transfer your points INTO a hotel programme. This didn’t used to be the case.  If you go […]

How to get cheaper Avios redemptions to the Middle East by exploiting the 3000 mile rule

On Saturday I looked at how you can fly on Finnair from Helsinki to Dubai – in A350 Business Class – for just 75,000 Avios and £116 of charges.  That article is here. The reason that this is far cheaper than a BA redemption to […]

Bits: £1500 Qatar business class Gatwick to Hong Kong, Virgin Atlantic flash sale from 9am, new Aer Lingus routes

News in brief: £1500 return Business Class flights to Hong Kong from Gatwick on Qatar Airways Qatar Airways has loaded a £1500 return fare from London Gatwick to Hong Kong, in Business Class. This flight will earn you 560 British Airways tier points (4 legs […]

Bits: Etihad 10% World Cup discount, Qatar puts an A350 on Manchester, Finnair launches with AirPortr

News in brief: Etihad offering 10% World Cup discount Etihad is offering a special 10% World Cup consolation discount to anyone booking before 15th July. You need to fly from Manchester or Heathrow, in any class, between 1st September and 31st March 2019. You need […]

Review of the Escape Plus Lounge (for Virgin and Qatar) at Manchester Airport Terminal 2

This is my review of the Escape Plus lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 2. About 18 months ago we ran a review of this lounge written by a reader – see here.  I finally got to visit myself this week and I thought I would […]

Hilton drops ‘Travelling Connect’ but you can still earn points with your mobile abroad

Travelling Connect is a nifty mileage earning opportunity for – primarily – the travelling business person who uses their phone heavily outside the UK. It is, if nothing else, genius in its simplicity. All you need to do is register your mobile number and then […]

Bits: BA reveals the long-haul routes Qatar will fly for it, very good Oman Air sale to Asia and Middle East

News in brief: British Airways announces routes to be flown by Qatar Airways As we mentioned a few weeks ago, British Airways is leasing A330 aircraft from Qatar Airways in order to cover for its Boeing 787-9 fleet which requires substantial engine repairs. We now […]

How to get a 35% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro since the Brexit vote has been to destroy much – but not all – of the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International […]

What can you learn from Qatar Privilege Club’s shock 40% devaluation?

Last week Qatar Airways announced some changes to Qatar Privilege Club to take effect from 27th May.  There was a downside – the addition of booking fees on redemptions, and what looked like it could be an upside – more status points for premium tickets.  […]

Bits: BA frequency changes, BA GGL Heathrow Express upgrades, Qatar launches Gatwick and an Eco sale

News in brief: British Airways announces Winter frequency changes British Airways published this consolidated list of Winter services changes on Tuesday.  These take effect from 28th October. Not all of this list is new but I think most of it is.  There will be additional […]

Bits: could you host a HFP Summer Party?, Flybe / Avios luggage quirk (or not), 10% off Qatar flights

News in brief: Could you host a HFP Summer Party? We are thinking – tentatively – about doing a HFP Summer Party this year after the huge success of the last two Christmas events.  (Here are the photos from last Christmas.)  If we’re going to […]

Bits: BA brings in long-haul Qatar Airways planes for 787 cover, new BA Aberdeen lounge opening

BA news in brief: British Airways applies to wet lease three Qatar Airways A330 aircraft As cover for its troublesome Boeing 787-9 fleet, British Airways has applied to the CAA for permission to wet lease three Qatar Airways long-haul aircraft for the period of 1st […]

Bits: Lloyds Avios cards dead?, when Lee won our Christmas Party raffle, Tesco / LEGO Star Wars Avios deal

News in brief: Lloyds Avios Rewards credit cards now fully closed to new applicants? The Lloyds Avios Rewards credit cards were closed to new online applications on 1st March as we wrote here. At the time, Lloyds told us that you could continue to apply […]

WEDNESDAY ONLY: London-Hong Kong £1420, Manchester-Cape Town £1350 in Qatar Airways business class

I dropped in an extra article yesterday to cover the amazing £1360 return Manchester to Auckland deal launched by Qatar Airways.  You can read about that fare here but you must book today.  (EDIT:  Availability is now getting tight as seats get snapped up but […]

Astonishing Manchester – Auckland £1360 deal in the 48 hour Qatar Airways flash sale!

EDIT:  Manchester to Cape Town is also bookable for £1350 return Adjusting for inflation, this is the cheapest fare I think I have ever seen from the UK to Australasia in Business Class. Last January we had Malaysia Airlines offering London to Sydney in Business […]

Bits: who won the 250,000 Qmiles?, Miles & More moves to revenue-based earning today

News in brief: And the winners are …. Two weeks ago we ran an amazing competition with Qatar Airways. Two lucky winners would win 250,000 Qmiles each in Qatar Privilege Club – the biggest mileage giveaway we’ve ever run. We can now announce the two […]