Qatar has launched a new worldwide sale, which I covered most of the ex EU fares in this article and this one. I haven’t really covered the UK sale yet.
Qatar Airways celebrates its 25th Anniversary by starting the Global Sales Campaign for passengers in the UK, with economy fares starting from £359. This is in addition to special savings on seat selection, extra baggage allowance, hotel bookings and car rental, for a five-day period starting 4 January 2022.
Passengers joining the airline’s loyalty programme, Privilege Club, using the enrolment promo code FLYQR22 will instantly earn an additional 2,500 bonus Qmiles in celebration of Qatar Airways 25th Anniversary.
The Global Sale 25th Anniversary Campaign is valid on all Qatar Airways flights for travel until 31 October 2022. The sale period runs until 10 January 2022.
Privilege Club has recently extended its member’s tier status. This will benefit all Silver, Gold and Platinum members whose tier status is due for renewal between December 2021 and December 2022.
Like most UK sales at the moment, it’s not great but the prices are substantially cheaper than Qatar’s normal fares. It’s also worth considering that flying with Qatar is not only usually a great experience, particularly with the QSuites and full dining onboard, but also it gets you double the BA tier points for most destinations since you have to change in Doha. The exception is somewhere like Dubai or Abu Dhabi which is only a short flight from Doha and would get you 360 BA tier points return from the UK versus 560 for flights further afield such as Bangkok or Cape Town.
The one thing worth noting is that most of these flights will be Qatar’s light fare which means no lounge access to Qatar branded lounges (but you can use most other oneworld lounges) and no seat selection unless you have oneworld status. You can of course purchase these.
The cheapest London fares are from Gatwick, but Heathrow is only slightly more.
From London business class return:
- Dubai £1641 (BA is offering £1497 return over the summer months)
- Abu Dhabi £1575
- Auckland £2819
- Phuket £1972
- Cape Town £2281
- Johannesburg £1891
- Maldives £2464
- Seychelles £2431
- Bangkok £1919
- Colombo £1981
- Jakarta £1795
Departures are available from Edinburgh, Birmingham, and Manchester too with Dubai being a bit cheaper from Edinburgh at £1569.
You can find the sale page here.
Are these for return journeys? When I price up the trips to Bangkok im getting £2400. 🙁
Yes they are for return. They were the cheapest I could find in the next 6 months.
Ahh okay. Thought the MAN to BKK was a winner when I saw it at £1380 only to realise that it was just the outbound leg
Aah if it’s MAN that will be why it’s more expensive. The prices vary by departure airport. They are generally similar but there’s the odd one that’s more expensive too.
I don’t think Qatar have returned to BHX yet. When I look I am getting either a Lufthansa flight into Munich, then onwards with Qatar or a train down to to London Euston. Has been like this for some time unfortunately
Connecting in Doha is pretty grim if you can’t access a Qatar premium lounge. I was there on 23 December and the queue for the Oryx lounge (Oneworld) filled the lobby area outside it. Other public spaces airside were packed also.
That doesn’t sound great. To be honest I’d be tempted to pay for the proper lounge if I had a long layover. For a shorter one I’d just go to a restaurant there. Although I’ve often found even with 90 minute connections by the time you get off and then allow walking time, there’s very little time left.
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