Despite rumours of a sale later on in January, Qatar Airways annual January Global sale has just started although it is called something else this year. Overall it has some good ex EU bargains although it is missing some of the usual ultra cheap sales fares that we had all got used to.
If you haven’t considered ex EU (starting your journey from outside the UK) before you can read my beginner’s guide here. Remember you can earn tier points and Avios with Qatar too. As flights are indirect to everywhere other than Qatar, you will get more tier points and Avios than flying direct with BA in most cases. A flight with Qatar to the Far East will get you 560 tier points in most cases depending on your starting point. Add in a one way Club Europe positioning flight (and come back economy) and you have enough for BA Silver status which gets you lounge access even in economy.
If you decide to go ex EU you should consider the following:
- time and price to get to the starting point,
- aircraft type from starting point and tier points. Some of the Eastern Europe destinations use smaller regional aircraft and give fewer tier points.
- With Oslo and Stockholm it can often be cheaper to do an open jaw i.e. fly out of one airport and back to the other
- From Helsinki, it is worth comparing against Finnair as this may be cheaper
- It is always worth trying Skyscanner to see if booking via a travel agent may be cheaper or trying someone like Expedia and adding a car or hotel to see if that lowers the price. You can find the relevant page here.
You won’t get to experience the new business class seats, the QSuite, on most of the ex EU routes below but it is worth looking at coming back to Paris or London as sometimes this only adds a small amount to the price.
- Sales period: 7 January 2019 to 16 January 2019. (24 January for UK fares)
- Travel period: 7 January 2019 to 10 December 2019. Travel period dates may vary for some countries.
EX EU sale prices
Below is a table showing the cheapest price and starting point for key destinations:
|Destination||Price||From||Other cheap options|
|Bangkok (BKK)||£ 1,376.00||Stockholm|
|Bali (DPS)||£ 1,700.00||Copenhagen|
|Beijing (PEK)||£ 1,204.00||Belgrade||Helsinki, Sofia, Munich|
|Canberra (Australia)||£ 1,889.00||Stockholm|
|Chaing Mai||£ 1,338.00||Prague||Helsinki|
|Cape Town||£ 1,690.00||Berlin||Belgrade|
|Da Nang||£ 1,661.00||Helsinki||Stockholm|
|Johannesburg (JNB)||£ 1,430.00||Oslo||Skopje, Gothenburg|
|Ho Chi Minh City||£ 1,616.00||Helsinki||Copenhagen|
|Hong Kong (HKG)||£ 1,478.00||Stockholm|
|Kuala Lumpur (KUL)||£ 1,504.00||Stockholm||Belgrade|
|Maldives (MLE)||£ 1,624.00||Belgrade||Budapest|
|Shanghai (PVG)||£ 1,103.00||Sofia|
|Singapore (SIN)||£ 1,297.00||Stockholm||Sofia|
|Tokyo (NRT)||£ 1,604.00||Helsinki|
UK sale prices
There is little to get excited about but here are a few of the lower prices:
- Da Nang £2145
- Bangkok £2169
- Shanghai £1896 (MAN)
- Beijing (MAN) £1647
- Penang £1745 (EDI)
- Windhoek £1966 (Cardiff)