Best of the sales – Australia on Cathay from £1951, Bangkok from £1158 + hotels

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Today’s post is a round up of all the new offers and a reminder of those still going from just before Christmas:

British Airways and Cathay Pacific

There are still some good deals in the BA sale such as Chicago for £1874 in First class and quite a few other First bargains too. You can find the full rundown on the BA sale in this article. 

£1959 with BA/Cathay Pacific to Australia

Cathay Pacific business class seat

I am a fan of Cathay Pacific and in fact, on my last trip to Australia, I flew with them. Great though they are, they are normally prohibitively expensive to Australia. However, a good sale fare has come up, which although it is ex EU, does get you a great fare on Cathay. There are a few drawbacks such as flying into Heathrow but out of Gatwick but there is an overnight break that can be built in which makes that a lot simpler. You also obviously have to double back on yourself to Heathrow but for these sort of prices for a decent airline, you can’t complain really!

The fare is from Stockholm. You can read my guide to flying ex EU from Scandinavian airports here. 

The rules of the fare are:

  • Free stopover in Hong Kong both ways
  • Minimum stay 3 days
  • Valid for travel commencing on/after 1 Jan 19 and on/
    before 30 Jun 19.
  • Book by 31 January 2019

The fare can only be booked via travel agents. You can find the lowest prices using Skyscanner and the travel agents that have them available. 


Qatar Airways Bangkok from £1134 (EDIT: GONE but read on….)

EDIT: Unfortunately the Qatar fare has disappeared, however, the fare is available in March but on Air Italy which Qatar own. This would be on an ex Qatar A330 and also direct. You earn Avios on Air Italy but not tier points. The fare can be booked with Expedia. 

Air Italy A330 business class

Well, it may not be the sale we have been waiting for but there is finally a decent price on a Qatar flight to the Far East. Even if you are headed somewhere else in Asia it could be worth jumping on this one anyway as Bangkok is well connected to the rest of Asia. Some of the flights to Bangkok also feature the QSuites which can be found on certain B777 and A350 aircraft. You can read my review here.

The rules are:

  • Travel outbound – permitted Sun through Thu. Inbound – permitted Mon through Fri.
  • Minimum stay 5 days
  • No stopovers
  • Valid for travel until 31 December 2019
  • Book by 4 January 2019
  • Blackout dates: 
    • Outbound – travel is not permitted 27 Jul 19 through 11 Aug 19 for departure from fare origin.
    • inbound – travel is not permitted 21-31 Dec 19 for departure of first international sector.

The fare can be booked through Qatar Airways website.

HT: God Save the Points

Other interesting fares out of Milan include:

British Airways to Singapore from £1718

British Airways to Seychelles from £1991 (£600 cheaper than from Heathrow)

British Airways to Hong Kong from £1718


Marriott hotels

Westin Florence

Marriott have a European weekend sale on with up to 30% off if you book by 28 February 2019. You can stay any weekend from 1 January until 28 April 2019. The sale page is here.


Lympstone Manor – 35% discount – as seen on Masterchef The Professionals

Lympstone Manor hotel & restaurant review

Lympstone Manor hotel & restaurant

Lympstone Manor is one of my favourite foodie hotels in the UK with a Michelin star and celebrity chef Micahel Caines at the helm. It is situated in a stunning location in Devon on an estuary.  You can read my review here. 

Their latest offer gives up to 35% off bed and breakfast valid December – March on Sunday-Wednesday only. You can find the offer page here.

Lympstone Manor offer

Lobster Ravioli


Corinthia Hotels

Corinthia Hotel London amex offer

Corinthia hotel room

My favourite hotel in London remains the fabulous but rather pricey Corinthia Hotel. You can read my review here. The hotel has a wonderful ESPA spa and thermal floor with a pool. It recently opened a new restaurant by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge of Hand and Flowers Michelin star fame. There is a new winter sale with up to 30% off Corinthia London as well as up to 50% off other European Corinthia hotels such as Malta, Budapest and Lisbon.


• Any cancellations should be made by 6pm one day prior to arrival
• Bookings must be made by midnight on the night of 28th February 2019
• Applicable for stays until 30th December 2019

You can find the Corinthia sale page here.


ME by Melia London

ME by Melia London

Melia hotels have savings of up to 50% off range of hotels around the world such as London, Tenerife, Milan, Rome, Fuerteventura, Zanzibar, and Mexico.

You must book by Wednesday 2nd January to get the sale price. The Melia sale page is here.


Jumeirah Hotels

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Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Jumeirah hotels are offering up to 15% savings on your room along with perks such as complimentary breakfast and resort credit, when you book before 28 February 2019.

The offer includes:

When staying four nights in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Maldives: 

  • 10% Off Best Available Rate
  • USD 250  resort credit when booking a room. USD 400 resort credit when booking a suite (once per stay)

Participating Hotels:

DUBAI: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (3 nights), Jumeirah Al QasrJumeirah Mina A’SalamJumeirah Al NaseemJumeirah Dar Al MasyafJumeirah Beach HotelJumeirah Zabeel Saray

ABU DHABI: Jumeirah at Saadiyat IslandJumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa

MALDIVES: Jumeirah Vittaveli

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Maldives

When staying three nights in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, London, Kuwait, Bahrain, Nanjing, Shanghai and Guangzhou:

  • 15% Off Best Available Rate
  • Daily Breaksfast

Participating Hotels:

DUBAI: Jumeirah Emirates TowersJumeirah Creekside HotelJumeirah Living World Trade Centre, and Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah

ABU DHABI: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel

BAHRAIN: Jumeirah Royal Saray

KUWAIT: Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel

LONDON: Jumeirah Carlton TowerJumeirah Lowndes HotelGrosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living (7 nights)

FRANKFURT: Jumeirah Frankfurt

MALLORCA: Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa

SHANGHAI: Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel

NANJING: Jumeirah Nanjing

GUANGZHOU: Jumeirah Living Guangzhou

Book before 28 February 2019 for stays from 1 January to 30 September 2019.

 Jumeirah Sirius members will also earn triple Jumeirah Sirius bonus points with this offer.


The Jumeirah sale page is here.


Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Blanket Bay Glenorchy near Queenstown review

Blanket Bay

Small Luxury Hotels are a collection of some amazingly luxurious hotels around the world including some of my favourites such as The Sanchaya and Blanket Bay. SLH is great if you have an Amex card as this will give you the second tier in their loyalty program which gives free breakfast and a room upgrade along with many other benefits. You can find more information about their INVITED loyalty program in this article.

Their current sale offers 30% off on over 160 SLH hotels for stays from January 2019 to June 2019. Book before 13th January 2019. 

You can find the sale page here.

9 Comments on "Best of the sales – Australia on Cathay from £1951, Bangkok from £1158 + hotels"

  1. The Qatar deal from Milan has been pulled already. It was pulled on Friday evening sadly….

  2. Can’t find those lhr-bkk flights anywhere, is that each way?

  3. I was waiting for a Qatar sale to Asia for the past 4 months. Jumped on the Milan one as soon as it popped up. Very happy with £1100 return in Business. It’s meant to have Qsuite on two of the legs but we’ll see!

  4. Hi Michelle,
    I have been waiting for a good fare on oneworld to Oz, finally one has arrived – though I can’t find one to Sydney. Looks like Brisbane is the best I can find today. Where is the one for less than £2k with Cathay?

  5. I can still see the BKK fare for March which is pretty open.

  6. Hi Michele,
    I see now that you mention flying into lhr from ARN, and out of lgw with Cathay. Is that how you achieved the lower fare? I am struggling to find this combination. Please help.
    Ideally I am looking to travel outbound to Sydney (or Brisbane) from ARN on the 3rd April returning from SYD on the 17 April with a layover in HKG for 3 nights. Does the low fare you have found work for these dates?

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