OFFERS: Qatar business class for 2021 from £1244, and more options to spend Virgin Atlantic miles other than flights

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Qatar business class for 2021 from £1244

If you are considering travel for next year, Qatar have some good value fares. Qatar is my top choice for flying East at the moment due to their high safety standards such as visors and masks for boarding and PPE for cabin crew. Yet they also deliver a close tom normal service in business class and leave masks and visors at your discretion during the flight. This seems sensible given the 1-2-1 layouts and Q Suites. 

The latest sale is from Oslo where you can now travel from the UK without quarantine. 

The fares:

  • Oslo to
    • Singapore £1317
    • Bangkok £1269
    • Hong Kong £1244
    • Phuket £1338
    • Penang £1527
    • Tokyo £1447
    • Seoul £1305
    • Ho Chi Minh £1538
    • Nairobi £1371
    • Johannesburg £1255
    • Cape Town £1582
    • Bali £1523
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Tokyo

The rules:

  • Book by: 31 August 2020
  • Travel: Until June 2021
    • Outbound – permitted Sun through Thu.
    • inbound – permitted Mon through Fri on the first international sector.
  • Minimum stay: 5 nights
  • Maximum stay: 1 month
  • Transfers: Unlimited
  • Stopovers: No
  • Refundable: Yes for a fee
  • Changeable: Yes for a fee but see current travel with confidence policy

You can find the Qatar page here or try Skyscanner for the cheapest deals.

 

Other uses for Virgin Atlantic miles if you don’t want to buy flights

If you have had a load of miles refunded to your Virgin Flying Club account and want to spend them on something that does not involve flying there are a few options. We have covered these before but I found a new use the other day. Here is a rundown of the options. 

Hilton

Flying Club members can convert their miles to Hilton points on a 2 : 3 basis. You can only convert chunks of 10,000 miles –> 15,000 points.  You must call Flying Club to order Hilton points, and it will take at least 30 days to receive your Hilton points. Click here for details.

IHG

Flying Club members can convert their miles to IHG points on a 1 : 1 basis.You must convert a minimum of 10,000 miles, and then in increments of 5,000 miles. You must call Flying Club to order IHG points, and it will take at least 30 days to receive your IHG points. Click here for details.

Eurostar

Eurostar Standard Premier

 

Miles required:

12,500 miles = £50 Eurostar e-vouchers

25,000 miles = £100 Eurostar e-vouchers

More information here.

 

Necker Island and other Virgin owned hotels

Necker Island comes at a paltry 1,500,000 miles for a 7 night stay for two people sharing one room on Necker Island during a Celebration Week. Ulusaba costs 600,000 miles for a 3 night stay for two people in a Safari Lodge room.

There are other hotels and Virgin experiences that you can find more about here. 

 

Shopping!

It’s not widely advertised but a simple way to use your miles is to buy wine or duty-free. It is not the best use of miles compared to flying but if it makes you happy then why not. If you want to read more analysis about spending your Virgin miles, read more here. 

Wines

Virgin Wines offer Flying Club members a £50 Wine Voucher to spend on the wines of your choice, plus 3,000 bonus flying club miles.

12,500 miles = £50 Virgin Wines voucher (+£7.99 delivery)

25,000 miles = £100 Virgin Wines voucher (+£7.99 delivery)

To redeem miles in exchange for a Virgin Wines voucher call the Flying Club helpline.

 

Duty-free shopping

You can use your miles to spend on pre-order or home delivery items from Retail Therapy.

6,250 miles = £25 Retail Therapy voucher

12,500 miles = £50 Retail Therapy voucher

To redeem miles in exchange for a Retail Therapy voucher call your Local Flying Club helpline.

2 Comments on "OFFERS: Qatar business class for 2021 from £1244, and more options to spend Virgin Atlantic miles other than flights"

  1. Hi Michele

    Just wondered what your feelings are on the possibility of a Qatar sale to include later on THIS year too, rather than just for 2021? Few open Asia options really right now … but general noises seem to suggest e.g. Bali might be open again by then, on top of Maldives already open of course … ?

    Thanks
    Guy

    • Highly likely. They have done some before. As soon as a firm date for countries opening up us announced I think they will be all over it!

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