News & offers: New QSuite routes & Qatar offer – Sydney from £2022, BA offers, China from £1349 + Air China A350 business class

London to China from £1349

Air China business class seats

Air China are offering some decent discounts direct from London to China until 31 August with prices starting from £1349.
  • Beijing £1859
  • Shanghai £1349
  • Guangzhou £1349
  • Chengdu £1349
To get the discount two people must travel on the same booking. The travel period is quite broad from 21 September 2018 to 30 June 2019.
If you have never been to China, I would definitely recommend a visit. I shall be heading back to Shanghai for the third time this year with Roving Reporter. Shanghai is the more attractive and cosmopolitan of the two cities in my experience but then Beijing probably outweighs it for the attractions such as Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden Palace and the Summer Palace as well as being the gateway to the Great Wall of China. So are they a good airline to fly on? They are part of the Star Alliance so you can credit miles to any of the other airlines in the alliance which is useful.

Great Wall of China

From London they use a B777-300ER aircraft with business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. They are only rated 3 star by SkyTrax so are obviously not going to be up to the standards of the Middle East airlines for example. However, they are gradually improving with time and have accepted delivery of a new A350 this month. The aircraft has seats the same as used on Qatar, the B/E Super Diamond in a 1-2-1 configuration. They will initially be used on domestic flights but will move to international flights later this year. Another 9 A350s will follow. You can find the Air China offer page here.

Air China A350 business class

Qatar discounts and A350-1000 QSuite new routes announced

Qatar A350-1000

Qatar A350-1000

We are still waiting for a Qatar sale to ever appear but there is currently an offer for flights from Gothenburg, Sweden which when combined with the already cheaper prices from there means that it could be worth booking if you don’t want to risk waiting for a sale. Qatar uses the B787 from Gothenburg which you can read my review of here. In terms of positioning, British Airways fly direct to Gothenburg. Some example prices not including the 10% discount are:

  • Singapore £1487
  • Sydney £2022
  • Auckland £2534
  • Bangkok £1487
  • Kuala Lumpur £1656
  • Perth £2440
  • Sales period: 23 July 2018 – 10 September 2018
  • Travel period: 15 January 2019 – 31 March 2019

To get the discount use the code FLY2019. You can book with Qatar Airways here.

QSuite A350-1000 routes

Qatar business class suite


Qatar has announced that it will put its latest A350-1000 on the Singapore route from 1 November 2018 which will have the latest QSuite seats on board. Initially this will be one pair of flights but they will gradually increase to all flights by April 2019.  Previously this was a standard A350 with the normal reverse herringbone seats which was still an excellent experience. You can read my review of the A350-900 QSuites experience here. Next will be Tokyo Haneda from 1 January 2019 according to Business Traveller. Haneda is a much easier airport in terms of access to Tokyo so always worth aiming for if you can (BA fly there too).

At the moment Qatar are leading the pack in business class but in my view BA are likely to launch something to rival the QSuites with their new product which was described by one insider as “QSuites with a BA twist”. Being so dated in terms of their product BA now need to launch something that will keep them ahead of the competition for years to come rather than some of the rumours about the new Iberia A350 seats which I reviewed here. Whilst it is a great product it is not exactly ground breaking like the QSuites.

British Airways Executive  Club offers – members onlyAvios bonus

Bicester Village

Calling all shopaholics – Bicester Village offers the chance to collect Avios at their outlet shops by presenting your card and receipts at the visitor centre. From 19-21 October 2018, Executive Club members can receive an additional 20 per cent off the Village price at participating boutiques. Members can also  collect double Avios all weekend – earning 10 Avios for every £4 spent. Valid from the 19-21 October 2018 only.

Save 15 per cent on stays at Palazzo Versace Dubai, including complementary breakfast, welcome drinks and more

If you are a lover of Versace’s opulent style you may be interested in the  Palazzo Versace Dubai offer.

For Executive Club Members only, the hotel is offering 15 per cent off stays in any Room or Suite (up until Grand Suite Creek View), plus complimentary breakfast, welcome drinks on arrival, 20 per cent discount and $75 credit to spend at the Versace SPA, as well as 20 per cent discount on food and beverages per room. Quote code THECLUB upon booking to redeem. Valid on bookings and stays made before 30 December 2018. 

2 Comments on "News & offers: New QSuite routes & Qatar offer – Sydney from £2022, BA offers, China from £1349 + Air China A350 business class"

  1. BAPP offer to look out for in your account, buy 25k AVIOS from BA for £415 & get a bonus of 12.5k AVIOS.
    No good for me but might be good for some.

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