News & offers: Qatar J from £1228, S Africa £1630, NYC from £1036 & B777X business class launch

Qatar Airways and BA Asia from £1228, UK to S. Africa from £1630

In the recent Qatar sale, there were some good deals from Scandivaia to Asia and some similar deals have now resurfaced. The fares are available from Gothenburg or Stockholm, both of which can be flown to on BA from Heathrow. In fact, there is a good price on Gothernburg flights in the current BA flight sale. If you have not flown out of Scandinavia on an ex EU flight this guide may help.  BA also have a couple of good value deals. In addition, there is an excellent value deal from London to South Africa with Qatar which would get you 560 Tier points, almost enough for BA Executive Silver (with 4 qualifying flights).

Hong Kong

The fares are:

Gothenburg to:

  • Bangkok £1286 (QR)
  • Singapore £1330 (QR)
  • Hong Kong £1403 (QR)
  • Ho Chi Minh City £1559 (QR)
  • Shanghai £1485 (BA)

Stockholm to:

  • Singapore £1228 (QR)

The rules are:

  • Permitted Mon-Fri.
  • Minimum stay 3 days
  • Free Doha stopover up to 96 hours (no visa needed)
  • Valid for travel up to 30 September 2019
  • Purchase by 17 March 2019

You can find availability and buy the tickets direct with Qatar Airways. 

BA flights can be booked here.

London to  South Africa on Qatar

Qatar London Heathrow T4 Premium lounge business first class review

The Brasserie in Qatar’s London lounge

  • Johannesburg from £1630

Once in Johannesburg, you can easily fly to Cape Town in under 2 hours on British Airways. It is cheaper to fly from Gatwick but bear in mind you are missing out on the very nice Qatar London Lounge if you fly from Gatwick. You can read about the Qatar London lounge in this review.

The rules are

  • Permitted Mon-Thu.
  • Minimum stay 7 nights
  • Free Doha stopover up to 96 hours (no visa needed)
  • Valid for travel up to 31 January 2020
  • Purchase by 31 March 2019

You can find availability and buy the tickets direct with Qatar Airways. 

Lufthansa’s new B777X business class – will BA follow?

I wrote recently about BA’s order for the B777X and the layout that Boeing had been showing as a possible option. Lufthansa has now revealed their new business class cabin for the B777x. Lufthansa and Emirates will be the launch customers for the new aircraft next year.

Lufthansa has unveiled the concept for its brand-new Business Class on the Boeing 777-9. The seat was developed with the goal of facilitating the best and soundest sleep up above the clouds. The seats convert into beds with a length up to 220 cm (86.6 inches) and the construction of the back rest makes it possible for the shoulder to sink into the seat when you are lying on your side. This keeps the spine straight and makes it possible for side sleepers to sleep comfortably in the air.

“The new, ultra-modern Lufthansa Business Class creates a new global benchmark. It offers our passengers a unique travel experience,” says Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We have consistently and continuously refined our range of premium products for our guests and modernized Lufthansa. Our focus is and has always been on the wishes of our customers and their specific needs. We want to provide them with the perfect travel experience. The new Business Class showcases the full innovative capacity of Lufthansa.”

The Boeing 777-9 has a considerably wider cabin than the current B777s. This has allowed Lufthansa to ensure that passengers in the new Business class will have direct access to the aisle. This is made possible by a 1-2-1 and 1-1-1 seat configuration. The new seats also provide customers with a significantly increased amount of personal space, more privacy, as well as generous storage compartments and flat surfaces. Passengers can choose between a number of different seat configurations. For instance, they can choose to have an extended-length bed or a seat with twice as much desk space. The middle single seats look like they have a huge amount of surface space as well as privacy. For once I may give up my window seat!

The technology available looks very impressive. All the functions of the seat, as well as the in-flight entertainment system, can be controlled using the passenger’s personal device.  Smartphones and tablets can be recharged at the seat using wireless technology. Personal TVs will have larger screens with full HD.

New York from £1036 – earn Virgin or Skyteam miles

Virgin Upper Class sale

New York

If you collect Virgin miles the Delta offer from Berlin to New York may be interesting as you can credit the miles either to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club or any of the Skyteam airlines. Virgin miles are due to become much more useful shortly when you are able to use them on Skyteam as well as all of Virgin’s other partners such as Singapore and ANA.

The only drawback is that Berlin is one of my least favourite airports. With the new airport very delayed, Berlin struggles to cope with the volume of traffic and queues for check-in and security are normal. There’s no such thing as fast track here!

The flights are direct with Delta on their B767 which has decent seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Delta B767

The rules:

  • Travel: permitted 26 Jun – 1 Sep 19 on the outbound transatlantic sector.
  • Flight restrictions: transatlantic sectors must be on DL flights 92/93.
  • Advanced reservation/Ticketing restrictions: reservations are required for all sectors.
  • Minimum stay: Saturday night
  • Book by: tickets must be issued on/before 12 March 19.
  • Cancellations: ticket is non-refundable.

You can try Skyscanner for the lowest online travel agent prices or book direct with Delta. 

10 Comments on "News & offers: Qatar J from £1228, S Africa £1630, NYC from £1036 & B777X business class launch"

  1. ‘560 Tier points, almost enough for BA Executive Gold (with 4 qualifying flights)’ – BA Gold? Does no one check these posts before they’re published?

    • Corrected. Apologies for the mistake but even national newspapers make mistakes! 75% of the time it’s just me working on the blog so it’s not always easy to spot your own mistakes!

      • I’d tell r blake to do one and cut his ability to see posts the pompous twat. Doesn’t he ever make mistakes. Appreciate all the hard work and great information

  2. Cheers for the info. One really useful piece of info most people don’t mention is maximum stay. For business travellers this usually isn’t a problem but for ‘flashpackers’ or the retired this is really important.
    So many good J fares have maximum 1 month which is very annoying !!

    If you could consider adding g maximum stay detail to your lists of rules that’d be grand.

    Keep up the good work.

    Fingers crossed for ~ £1k to SE Asia from UK or EU without 1month max stay……

    • Some more QR/BA fares tomorrow with max stay info!

      • Good point in max stay there. Tnx.

        One other point l would always recommend positioning yourself the evening before LH QR EX EU flights…anything could happen the day of your flights UK end, just not worth the grief of missing that flight.
        As it’s NOT protected, even within OW.

  3. Hi Michelle,

    What exactly is Qatar “J”, as mentioned in the above article from £1228? Is this a qsuite flight or a business class flight in the J category?

    • It’s just Business Class (“J”) – standard flight geek lingo.

      Re: QSuites – they are common on some routes (plenty of articles out there), though Qatar are known for regular equipment swaps – so they should never be considered guarantied on a given route.

      Nice article Michelle – fully agree re: TXL – least favourite airport in Europe, especially as I made the awful mistake of booking the Mecure Airport hotel once for the same price as the Hilton Berlin + 2 taxi fares (what was I thinking).

      • Thanks Tom beat me to it! That was definitely a mistake then!. I always stay at the Hilton. Love the location.

  4. Don’t know if you’ve ever flows Delta 767 business class, but ‘decent’ is a stretch (certainly on the many flights I’ve done), hard product is truly awful. Yes it goes flat, but you need to be a short stick insect to get comfortable… no complaints about Club World again after that experience.

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