News & offers: Orlando from £1225, S Africa from £1200 & Qatar F lounge access

Orlando from £1225 – including July and August!

Orlando is often very expensive during peak holiday periods but if you are not set on Oneworld flights there is a good offer for Orlando. You can fly on either Delta, KLM or Air France from Dublin starting from just £1225.

The rules are:

  • Monday to Thursday
  • Travel 27 Jun through 4 Sep or 20 – 25 Nov or 19 – 31 Dec for each transatlantic sector.
  • Minimum stay Saturday night
  • Book by 31 January 2019

You can find the cheapest dates using Skyscanner.

If you don’t fancy the hassle of getting to Dublin, British Airways has a reasonable fare ib the current sale from £1689 departing from Gatwick and there is still availability in the summer. You can find the lowest fares using BA’s low fare finder.

 

South Africa from £1200south africa

If you couldn’t find the dates you wanted for South Africa from Amsterdam (see this article), then another offer is available at a similar price and also flying on British Airways. The fare departs from Lisbon which is a great place to visit so you could allow some extra time with your positioning flights to do some sightseeing! The rules are:

  • Travel: 8 Jan 19 through 12 Dec 19.
  • Minimum stay Saturday night
  • Book by 21 January 2019

Fares can be booked with British Airways.

 

Want access to the Qatar First class lounge? – it’s cheaper than you would imagine

When the new Doha airport opened initially the Qatar Al Mourjan Business Class lounge was a great place to visit as it was also serving as the First class lounge and had Krug and a la carte dining. That has all changed now and whilst it is a great lounge it can be very busy. I have yet to visit the Al Safwa First class lounge but it looks like we all potentially have the chance to visit this exclusive lounge without having to buy a first class ticket. 

It was reported on Flyertalk that Business Class passengers (not on upgrades) can now buy access to the First lounge for about £50 depending on the exchange rate. You can ask at the business class lounge reception when you arrive. Obviously, this will be subject to capacity. The First lounge is much quieter than it used to be since they only have first on the A380 on a small number of routes plus the few remaining short haul routes that Qatar have left due to the blockade. I for one will be trying this on my next Qatar flight especially since they are serving Krug Clos Du Mesnil 2003 currently which costs around £400 a bottle! They also have the usual Krug too. 

 

Fancy a night out with fellow travellers and meeting TLFL’s Deputy Editor?

There are just a few tickets remaining now for TLFL’s first joint event with Business Traveller Magazine.

The exclusive reader event at the end of January will be at Zuaya, the latest destination restaurant for modern Latin American fusion fare. Owned by young Spanish twins Alberto & Arian Zandi, Zuaya takes diners on a journey around Latin America – dynamic, authentic flavours from Peru, Mexico and Brazil, right through to the southern tip of Argentina. zuaya.co.uk.  

Deputy Editor Paul on Qatar Airways

The event will be hosted by Business Traveller Editor Tom Otley and Turning Left for Less. TLFL’s Deputy Editor Paul will be available for expert advice on the night. Paul is a frequent traveller with top tier status with airlines and hotels who knows how to make the most of them as well as being a tier point run specialist. Guests will be greeted with a welcome cocktail, before sitting down for a six-course culinary experience.

You can find more information book tickets via Business Traveller here. 

 

2 Comments on "News & offers: Orlando from £1225, S Africa from £1200 & Qatar F lounge access"

  1. Alas, when I visited Al Safwa in November there was no Krug – the champagnes served included Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006 and Pommery Cuvée Louise 2002, the best white was Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot 2010, the prime red choice being Saint Emilion Grand Cru Chateau Monbousquet 2012. The spa was probably the most incredible one in an airport I have ever seen (all treatments for a fee). Regrettably, the food was a bit underwhelming (as it is often in the Concorde Room).

    • QR seem to vary their Champagne a lot unlike BA that stick to LPGS for F. Sounds like some decent quality wines there.

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