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Qatar Airways has launched a 48 hour flash sale for departures out of the UK and some of the fares are definitely worth a look. While the fares on offer in this sale don’t really compare to the great (sometimes fantastic) deals we frequently see out of other European countries, for ex-UK fares some of these aren’t bad at all.
Qatar Airways Flash Sale – Headline T&Cs
- Sales Period: 13 March until 14 March 2018
- Travel Period: 13 March until 30 June 2018
- Valid on Qatar Airways operated flights originating from United Kingdom (London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Cardiff) via Doha (DOH) only.
- Flights from Cardiff start from 1 May 2018.
- Flights from London Gatwick start from 22 May 2018.
- Please note that for transit flights in Doha of less than 24 hours in duration, baggage cannot be claimed and will be tagged to your final destination.
- Weekend surcharge: GBP 30 Economy Class / GBP 60 Business Class for Fri/Sat travel.
- Standard child/infant discounts apply.
- Please refer to the fare rules at the time of booking for change, cancellation and no-show conditions and fees.
- Minimum and maximum stay as well as advance purchase rules apply dependent on the booking class and point of departure.
- Discount applies to instant purchases and on roundtrip tickets only.
- Tickets are non-endorsable and non-transferable.
- For travel involving multiple booking classes, the most restrictive fare rules apply to the entire itinerary.
- Any change or cancellation less than 3 hours prior to the stated time of departure will be considered as no-show.
Qatar Airways 787/A350 Business Class Seat
Example Roundtrip Business Class Fares
Departing From London
- Bangkok from £1,720
- Colombo from £2,238
- Penang from £2,315
- Bali from £2,428
Departing From Manchester
- Chiang Mai from £1,771
- Maldives from £1,830
Departing From Birmingham
- Goa from £1,822
- Hong Kong from £2,357
There may well be other destinations on sale and other UK departure airports may have good deals too but what you see above is what the airline is currently promoting.
Things To Bear In Mind
Not all of Qatar Airways aircraft have equally good Business Class cabins – some are good while others are fantastic – so make sure you check what your aircraft choices are before you book.
If you’re flying out of London you may have the chance to book yourself into the fantastic Qsuites Business Class cabin but, before you rush into anything, make sure you read this article I posted this morning which shows which Qatar Airways London flights will offer Qsuites going forward.
Qatar Airways Qsuite Business Class
If you’d like to know what some of Qatar Airways other Business Class cabins are like then these reviews may help:
- Qatar Airways 777-300ER (non-Qsuites) Business Class – Daytime Flight
- Qatar Airways 777-300ER (non-Qsuites) Business Class – Night Flight
- Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner Business Class – Daytime Flight
- Qatar Airways A320 Business Class
- Qatar Airways A340 Business Class – Night Flight
The Airbus A330 Business Class cabin is very similar to the cabin on the A340 (link to reviewed is above) while the Airbus A350 Business Class cabin is very similar to the 787 Dreamliner (link to review is above).
As I said at the very beginning, these fares aren’t exactly spectacular but some of them are definitely worth considering if you don’t want to position into Europe and make the most of the cheap Business Class fares from there.
£1,830 for a roundtrip Business Class fare to the Maldives looks particularly good value as do the sub-£1,800 fares to Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
All these fares will route you through Doha but, when you consider the quality of the Business Class offering from Qatar Airways and the fact that BA’s non-stop fares (where offered) are at least £1,000 per person more expensive (in some cases the fare is almost £3,000 more per person), the stopover should be worth it.