Finally: a decent Qatar sale now on from £1088

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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. 
Qatar Airways A380 business class review seat

Qatar A380 business class seat

You can see reviews of several of Qatar’s  business class seats 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.

Qatar airways business class suite



  • 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
Auckland  £    2,022.00 Copenhagen Helsinki
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
Colombo  £    1,088.00 Bucharest  
Cape Town  £    1,690.00 Berlin Belgrade
Da Nang  £    1,661.00 Helsinki Stockholm
Doha  £    1,188.00 Skopje  
Delhi  £    1,284.00 Copenhagen 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
Krabi   £    1,468.00 Helsinki  
Langkawi  £    1,798.00 Belgrade  
Maldives (MLE)  £    1,624.00 Belgrade Budapest
Melbourne  £    2,094.00 Helsinki Berlin
Muscat  £    1,388.00 Sofia Amsterdam
Nairobi  £    1,600.00 Milan  
Perth  £    2,088.00 Copenhagen  
Penang  £    1,513.00 Stockholm  
Phuket  £    1,305.00 Helsinki  
Seoul  £    1,645.00 Oslo  
Seychelles  £    2,041.00    
Shanghai (PVG)  £    1,103.00 Sofia  
Sydney  £    2,103.00 Stockholm  
Singapore (SIN)  £    1,297.00 Stockholm Sofia
Tokyo (NRT)  £    1,604.00 Helsinki  
Windhoek  £    1,753.00 Berlin  


The Global Qatar sale page is here


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)

The UK Qatar sale page is here.


17 Comments on "Finally: a decent Qatar sale now on from £1088"

  1. Philip Harrison | 8 January 2019 at 6:32 am | Reply

    Hello, for the prices listed above (or in general) are these always return fares or single/one-way?

    Many thanks.

  2. Can the fares be used for open jaw flights?

  3. Thanks for a great site. If I book the Qatar business class Bankok via Stockholm using Expedia will I have access to Qatar lounges. Thanks.

  4. Having difficulty finding decent prices from Berlin to Cape Town! Help please

  5. Hi
    Do you believe the sale prices would still get the double miles and points offer which was sent out yesterday? I’d hate to find they were somehow excluded! I’m looking at Colombo which seems to earn way more points and miles than Shanghai for the same approximate price, which seems odd when Shanghai must be further away! And Colombo has A350 and 777…
    Keep up the good work – it’s a great blog!

    • Thanks Malcolm. The T&C do not say anything about any fares being excluded as long as a new booking and you have registered first

  6. Struggling to get the ARN > Syd fares on Google Flights unfortunately.

  7. Hi Michele,
    I recollect that you provided review of a Hôtel in Scottsdale, can you please remind me of this or help me understand how I search the site for it? I have booked good rate to the West coast to include car hire for 2 weeks for under £1300 each… thanks for the alert. Could have done it cheaper and with more TP’s but my wife doesn’t like the multi sectors.

    • Hi. It’s the Phoenician Hotel. Part of Starwood/Marriott. Review should be in the reviews tab. Also other suggestions in the tier point break guide which is under everything BA

  8. Thanks

  9. Any news on a possible Qatar sale starting next week?

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