OFFERS: Qatar UK business class fares for 2021, Etihad 30% off flights, What is Revolut & how can it save you money on hotels and more?

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Qatar UK business class fares for 2021

Qatar are probably the airline I am most likely to book with for long haul travel at the moment. As well as their aircraft either having the excellent QSuites with doors or a 1-2-1 configuration, they have almost a normal service on board and after take-off masks are not compulsory in business class. They also have a very generous travel with confidence policy until the end of the month which I successfully used to move the dates of a trip recently for free. 

They have some decent fares out of the UK currently. They are not as cheap as you would get ex EU but to be honest, with the current ever changing list of travel corridors, it would be worth the extra to make life simpler! 

The fares are:

  • Hong Kong £1811
  • Singapore £1831
  • Muscat £1834
  • Jakarta £1836
  • Seychelles £1849
  • Tokyo £1837

The rules are:

  • Book by: 90 days in advance
  • Travel: permitted MON through THU.
  • Minimum stay: 5 nights 
  • Maximum stay: 1 month
  • Transfers: Yes
  • Stopovers: 1 free stopover permitted in Doha
  • Refundable: For a fee 
  • Changeable: For a fee (may be free with travel with confidence bookings)

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

 

Etihad 30% off flights, hotels and other redemptions

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Etihad have an excellent offer if you want to get rid of some miles. You can save 30% on GuestSeats to all destinations, hotel stays, car rentals, and selected Reward Shop items until 27 August 2020. If you don’t quite have enough still, Etihad are an Amex Membership rewards partner. 1 Amex Membership Rewards point = 1 Etihad Guest Mile. 

There is a long travel window as you have until 31 May 2021 to take the trip and of course, flights made with miles are more flexible than a cash booking usually. 

You can book with Etihad Guest here. 

 

What is Revolut & how it can save you money on hotels and more

Revolut

With Travelex going into administration, it will be harder to get currency and less competition. I often just rely on my Revolut card to take cash out in foreign currency at the airport when  arrive, particularly somewhere where I don’t need cash to get to my destination.

Revolut is a way to have a VISA or MasterCard card to spend on abroad with 0% fees. Revolut is basically like a prepaid card with an app and physical plastic card but it does work out more cost-effective and have some extra features via the app than most others. You can spend in 130 different currencies fee free plus hold and exchange 25 currencies in the app. The advantage of being able to hold currencies is that if the exchange rate was good now, for a country you are planning to visit later, you could buy some of the currency now to spend later at the current rate. 

The big advantage of Revolut versus other pre-paid cards, cash or 0% MasterCard or Visa credit cards is that their exchange rate uses real-time inter-bank rates without fees (except at the weekend). You can also make £200 or €200 per month in free ATM withdrawals. There is enhanced security which is also useful when travelling as you can enable/disable contactless payments, swipe payments etc from the app instantly. You can top up your Revolut account by bank transfer, debit, or credit card. This is instant which is very useful if you suddenly want foreign currency. Some credit card companies have been treating top-ups as a purchase which obviously means you would get miles or points. However, I would test this first with a small top-up as others are treating it as a cash advance which could incur a fee. 

One feature I like in the app is the ability to send or receive money instantly to people such as splitting the bill without them needing to have a Revolut account. You can also send fast ( 2 minutes), free money transfers to bank accounts in 120 countries, which is a plus point when you look at how much your bank charges you to do it! To get the card you need to open what they call a current account.

There are three types of account:

  • Standard – free
    • Free Euro IBAN account
    • Spend in over 150 currencies at the interbank exchange rate
    • Exchange in 30 fiat currencies up to £5,000 per month without any hidden fees
    • No fee ATM withdrawals up to £200 per month
  • Premium –  £6.99 a month
    • Premium customers can spend, exchange and transfer unlimited amounts of money with the interbank exchange rate.
    • Withdraw up to £400 each month in free international ATM withdrawals, with a small 2% thereafter 
    • Travel insurance
  • Metal – £11.99 a month
    • No fee ATM withdrawals up to £600 per month
    • 0.1% cashback within Europe and 1% outside Europe on all card payments
    • Get access to a concierge to help you manage your lifestyle

Revolut are now offering Revolut Rewards which gives cashback when you use your card to pay. It works like cashback in that you go to the Revolut app, click on perks and then select the offer you want to use. You then click through and book as normal, paying with your Revolut card. Obviously you potentially lose out on miles or Avios by not using a credit card but the cashnack rates are generally higher than other sites. For example, at the moment they are offering:

  • Booking.com 10%
  • Hotels.com 10%
  • Expedia 11%
  • Trainline 10%

You can join Revolut or find out more here. 

4 Comments on "OFFERS: Qatar UK business class fares for 2021, Etihad 30% off flights, What is Revolut & how can it save you money on hotels and more?"

  1. Edward Jensen | 15 August 2020 at 7:05 am | Reply

    I would strongly urge readers to keep more than socially distanced from Revolut and not touch them with a barge pole. They are the epitome of what you imagine your worst nightmare of a bank to be. Not only will you lose your money, reputation and valuable time trying to deal with them, you will end up not having access to your account and finding that the only way to deal with them is via so-called ‘support chat’, most of which is robotic that churns out standard template answers. You will find out that their service is in a league of its own – even below that of Ryanair!

    • It would be useful if you could say what the issue was. I have and other members of the team have used them for several years to withdraw cash abroad without any issues.

      • I had couple of issues in the past related to big transfers from US -> UK but for every day spending it worked just fine! 🙂

  2. Not been my experience with Revolut, have used them for years with minimal problems. Any issues have been sorted out rapidly.

    Curve on the other hand…

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