OFFER: Qatar Airways 30% discount on holidays from the UK and Finnair expand routes


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Qatar Airways Holidays is offering UK customers up to 30% discount on flights, hotels and holiday packages to destinations including Cape Town, Bangkok and the Maldives.

UK customers can choose from more than 200,000 hotels – with aselection of 3 to 5 star offers – and 10,000 tours and activities. Qatar Airways, continues to offer flexible booking options which you can read about here. 

Holidaymakers can earn Qmiles on hotels, tours and transfers through Qatar Airways Privilege Club. You can earn tier points and Avios on flights with your British Airways Executive Club account too. 

Gary Kershaw, Country Manager UK & Ireland at Qatar Airways, said: “Our holiday packages offer great value and huge savings for UK travellers looking to book their next getaway, with a chance to choose from a host of incredible destinations.”

With Qatar Airways Holidays you can also turn one holiday into two, by adding the Stopover packages with stays of up to 4 nights in Doha starting from just £10 per night. The themed stopover packages offer travellers the chance to experience desert safaris, museums, galleries and various public art installations or just break the journey and relax in Qatar.

Abu Dhabi grand prix package 2017

UK customers can also book decent vale Grand Prix packages to catch the racing action in Qatar from 19 – 21 November. Packages start from just over £1,000 and include return economy flights, hotel stay, and a 3-day grandstand ticket.

It’s always worth considering whether an ex-EU could work out cheaper as there are plenty of deals from Scandinavia, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and more to many Asian and African countries from around £1100. 

You can check prices and book your holiday packages by visiting


Finnair expand routes

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A350 business class with Northern lights mood lighting. Photo supplied by Finnair

Finnair has been offering some amazing prices to Asia from the UK. Flying via Helsinki actually need not add much time to your journey due to the quick polar routes to Asia from Helsinki. Finnair has modern business class seats on both their A330s and A350s. 

The Finnish flag carrier’s summer 2022 schedule includes new Asian long-haul services to Busan in South Korea, Tokyo Haneda and Sapporo in Japan as a summer destination for the first time. I much prefer Haneda to Narita as its closer to the city and I love the JAL First lounge there. 

Finnair’s focus on Japan – if travel restrictions allow – will see the airline resume services to all five destinations it served before the pandemic, including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo – and sixth new service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

From 27 March 2022, Finnair will fly up to 40 flights a week between Helsinki and Japan. Daily flights to Tokyo Narita and Haneda airports will offer customers a total of 14 weekly frequencies to the Japanese capital. Finnair will also fly daily to Nagoya and Osaka and will introduce double dailies to Osaka in June.  The airline’s Sapporo service will be introduced for the summer season for the first time with two weekly frequencies, and Fukuoka in Southern Japan served with three weekly flights.  

Finnair fly to key Asian cities, flying daily to Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Bangkok, and twice a week to Shanghai (subject to regulatory approval). From June there will be daily services to Delhi and the new Busan route in South Korea will be launched in May/March with flights three times a week.  

Flights from Heathrow to Helsinki rise to four a week for Summer 2022, but to cope with the expected rise in demand, Finnair is significantly increasing capacity by placing wide-bodied Airbus A350 and A330 aircraft of two of the four daily services between the two cities. This is also great news as it gives more options to get the long haul aircraft on the first leg of your journey if connecting on to Asia. It’s always a treat to fly on a long-haul aircraft on short-haul. 

Helsinki Airport is also expanding, with new arrival and departure halls opening in December 2021, and new security control and check-in area opening in May 2022. Helsinki is a modern airport with great lounges where you can even have a sauna. It’s pretty simple and fast to connect through as well.