OFFER: Langkawi with Qatar business class from £1352 & OW business class to Asia from £1049, Star Alliance from £921

The Datai, Langkawi Leaders clubThe Datai, Langkawi

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Qatar Airways business class from £1352 to Langkawi

The Qatar sale that I wrote bout yesterday goes on until 13 January. You can read the full list of fares and find the extra 10% off code for mobile bookings in this article. One destination I missed was Langkawi. The fares to Langkawi have been very high since Qatar launched but I have finally found a good price from Stockholm.

Langkawi is probably my favourite place in Asia for a relaxing beach break. It’s a beautiful, upmarket and relaxing island with some great hotels. You can read our review of The Datai and the Ritz Carlton hotels to get an idea if it’s for you. 

The only drawback is that the flight does stop in Penang on the way but it is only a 90 minute stop and then a very short flight to Langkawi. The fare rules are the same for the rest of the sale and I can see good availability until the end of November 2020. Theypare now using the B787 on the route which is much better than the previous A330.

You can book direct with Qatar Airways here or find the cheapest online travel agent price with Skyscanner.


Finnair ex EU business class return from £1027

Finnair A350 XWB Business Class Cabin 01 cruise

Finnair A350 XWB Business Class Cabin

Yesterday I wrote about the Finnair sale from London, but if you are willing to start in Scandivania then the savings can be greater, although the tier points would be less. The sale is on until 27 January. You can, of course, earn Avios on Finnair as well as tier points. 

Regular readers will know that Scandinavia is one of the most consistent places for getting a cheap ex EU flight. That means starting your trip from another country. You will have to buy a separate ticket to get you to Sweden or Oslo but it can save you literally thousands of pounds by doing so. You can read more about it in our beginners guide to ex Eu from Scandinavia here.

  • Oslo/Stockholm – Shanghai £1200 Finnair
  • Stockholm – Hong Kong £1027

You book direct with Finnair or try Skyscanner to see if you can find it even cheaper!


Swiss ex EU business class return from £791

Swiss B777 business class seat

If you don’t care about oneworld or want Star Alliance, there are some even better deals on Swiss. You can read Claudio’s review of Swiss business class here.

The Swiss cabins have a sophisticated feel to them with light wood with dark accents and seats. There is one flaw, in my opinion. The business class seats are not very comfortable for sleeping on the older A330 aircraft. They feel like they have a slight slope and are very low to the ground. They also had quite large gaps between the seat cushions when in bed mode. However, at these prices, you may well think it is worth it, even for the older aircraft. I found them perfectly comfortable for sitting. The new seats on the B777 are much better and a good quality product. The B777s are available on quite a few routes such as Zurich to Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong. You can see more about the Swiss B777 in this video.

The fares are:

  • Stockholm – Delhi £956 
  • Gothenburg – Bangkok £1115 
  • Stockholm – Singapore £1116
  • Oslo – Bangkok £921
  • Stockholm – Dubai £791

The rules are:

  • Book by: 13 January
  • Travel: Before 31 October 2020
  • Minimum stay: 6 nights or a Saturday night
  • Maximum stay: 3 months
  • Transfers: Unlimited
  • Stopovers: No
  • Refundable: No
  • Changeable: No

You can book direct with Swiss here or find the cheapest online travel agent price with Skyscanner.