News & offers: Qatar business class from £1269, BA route changes, Marriott 25% off & 5000 points

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Qatar Airways ex EU fares

Although the flash sale has ended there are a number of good Qatar fares still around ex EU. The starting points may be not everybody’s cup of tea but it could be a good chance to do a two-centre holiday and visit Russia at the same time (remember you will need a Visa to visit Russia). Be aware that some of the aircraft on these routes are showing as short-haul configured aircraft so make sure you do your research if a flatbed is important to you.

Chiang Mai

The fares must be booked by 30 November and are for travel until 31 March 2019. Minimum stay is 3 days. The fares can be changed or cancelled for a very hefty fee.

Sofia (Bulgaria) fares

  • Shanghai £1269
  • Chiang Mai £1490
  • Singapore £1422

St Petersburg fares

  • Hanoi £1372
  • Beijing £1398
  • Bangkok £1398
  • Da Nang £1333
  • Chiang Mai £1488

Moscow fares

  • Chiang Mai £1400

Prague fares

  • Chiang Mai £1400

The fares can be booked through

British Airways route changes and news

Tallinn, Estonia old city skyline at dawn.

British Airways is suspending its service from London Heathrow to Tallinn from Friday 29 March 2019. The route currently operates twice weekly. For some unknown reason, despite Tallin only being 25 miles shorter than Helsinki from London, BA decided to only award 40 tier points in business class on this route whereas on Finnair via Helsinki you would get 100. It is easy to see with the Finnair A350 also on the London route why people in the know may have preferred to stick with Finnair. If you already were booked on this route you will get a refund.

There will be a lounge change at Munich Airport as the British Airways Galleries Lounge closed from 1 November 2018 for redevelopment. The alternative will be the Airport Lounge World which is a brand-new lounge, part of the major transformation plans happening throughout Munich Airport. There are showers, restrooms, a large seating area, bar, as well as a selection of hot and cold food. After security turn left and head towards an elevator signposting the lounge.

Marriott – up to 25% off weekends and 5000 points in London

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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

Mariott have launched an autumn offer for up to 25% off rooms in London on the advance purchase rate and bonus points:

  • Earn up to 3000 Bonus Points on standard rooms
  • Earn up to 5000 Bonus Points on premium rooms & suites

The booking must include a Friday or Saturday night and is valid for stays until 31 December 2018, only when booked using the promotional code M11. The offer includes hotels as far out as Heathrow and Twickenham so could be handy for a pre airport stay. You read my London Marriott hotel reviews here.

You can find the Mariott promotion page here.