UK FLASH SALE: Qatar Airways Business & Economy Class Fares Discounted

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Qatar Airways has launched a flash sale for departures from the UK which will run to 10 October 2016. This being a sale out of the UK these fares are not going to be the cheapest you can find if you’re the kind of traveler prepared to position in to Europe but, for those that like to fly in and out of the UK with as few stopovers as possible, there could be value to be had out of some of these fares.

Qatar Airways UK Flash Sale

Link to promotion page

Headline Terms & Conditions

  • Purchase by the end of 10 October 2016
  • Travel 10 October 2016 – 30 June 2017
  • Fares are valid on flights out of London Heathrow (LHR), Manchester (MAN), Birmingham (BHX) and Edinburgh (EDI) via Doha (DOH) only.
  • Minimum stay: 4 days for Economy Class and for Business Class.
  • Maximum stay: 2 months for Economy Class and for Business Class.

The Flash Sale Fares

Clearly not all of these fares are worth getting excited about…but there are one or two that could be worth a look.

Economy Business
Dubai £379 £1,489
Bangkok £439 £1,589
Kuala Lumpur £449 £1,649
Colombo £449 £1,869
Singapore £449 £1,889
Hong Kong £459 £1,699
Windhoek £489 £2,889
Krabi, Thailand £539 £1,629
Perth £579 £2,519
Seychelles £609 £2,669
Melbourne £639 £3,319
Adelaide £639 £2,889
Sydney £649 £3,559

For reasons best known to Qatar Airways the promotion page doesn’t actually say which UK airport offers the fares being highlighted in the table above….so I checked a few out using the ITA Matrix search tool.

The cheapest Business Class fare to Dubai appears to be out of Birmingham and availability seems to be pretty good…even in December…

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…and you’d get to try out the excellent 787 Dreamliner Business Class product:

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The cheapest Business Class fare to Hong Kong is also out of Birmingham and, while availability is also excellent…..

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…it’s not an ideal journey unless you’re happy to have an overnight layover in Doha…..

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Most of the cheaper Business Class fares to Bangkok are out of London Heathrow…but Birmingham and Edinburgh aren’t far behind.

Availability is mostly excellent (again!):

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And, if you choose your flights carefully, you could fly in the fantastic A380 Business Class cabin all the way:

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Earning Avios, Tier Points & AAdvantage Miles

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance and so you’ll be able to credit your flights to the British Airways Executive Club or to American Airlines’ AAdvantage program.

As an example of what you could earn let’s look at a London – Doha – Bangkok – Doha – London routing in Business Class.

Crediting to the British Airways Executive Club

Crediting to the American Airlines AAdvantage Program (with no status)

  • AAdvantage Miles: 13,092
  • AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles: 19,638
  • AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Dollars: 2,618

If you have Executive Platinum Status the AAdvantage Miles earned would shoot up to 28,802.

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A Heads Up

If you want to earn Avios/Tier points (or even AAdvantage Miles) and fly from the UK then these fares are probably going to be pretty good for you…but they’re not your only options.

If you’re prepared to position into Europe you’ll find cheaper fares there (although don’t forget to factor in the cost of the positioning flights).

Here’s a link to the better Qatar Airways Business Class fares available out of other European cities right now.

If you’re not set on earning status/miles in a oneworld alliance program then there are some other very interesting fares out there that you should check out….especially from Turkish Airlines. E.g. This fare to Dubai which offers 777 lie-flat Business Class seats all the way for a very good price:

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Bottom Line

There are some good deals out of the UK (by UK standards) if you’re looking to earn/maintain oneworld status but, if you have any flexibility in your travel patterns, I would still consider positioning flights to/from Europe to get the best deals possible.

If positioning flights are out of the question then ask yourself if you have to fly with an airline that allows you to earn Avios/Tier points. There are other options out there that can be considerably cheaper and that still offer pretty good products and service…..just without the Avios.

If you insist on booking the more expensive fares that’s absolutely fine…just make sure you remember that those Avios/Tier Points are coming at a price.