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Steve_ZA Aug 30, 13 10:50 am


Originally Posted by Cymro (Post 21362603)
When QR comes into the alliance, if the TP rules are the same, they will be very interesting, e.g., LHR or MAN - KUL (or BKK, HKG, etc.) will be 560 points. Find a nice connecting CE flight into Europe and fly from there, and instant silver for maybe as little as 2k.

You can get QR J flights to JNB for less than 1800* right now - if that delivers 140 TP/sector then it would be cheaper than an ex-EU fare and earn more TPs.

* Flights with a ~1 hour connection time appear to be excluded from this fare so one would need to kill 5 hours at DOH.

Wozza2404 Aug 30, 13 10:56 am


Originally Posted by Steve_ZA (Post 21363212)
You can get QR J flights to JNB for less than 1800* right now - if that delivers 140 TP/sector then it would be cheaper than an ex-EU fare and earn more TPs.

* Flights with a ~1 hour connection time appear to be excluded from this fare so one would need to kill 5 hours at DOH.

5 hours at DOH is easily doable. The premium terminal is excellent. Waiter service food, separate bar area, quiet rooms, duty free shopping.

Cymro Aug 30, 13 11:03 am

I've been through the old premium terminal at DOH and given that everything is a 30-minute bus ride from everywhere else, I wouldn't want too short a turnaround. Even getting a drink was a challenge with 90 minutes on the ground. In fact, my QR status is about to expire and I won't be able to keep it up even with BA travel. If QR had been OW last year, I would have done a lot more to keep it.

themapelligroup Aug 30, 13 11:20 am


Originally Posted by irishguy28 (Post 21362070)
And hopefully QR start SYD next year! As Qatar negotiated an open skies agreement with New Zealand earlier this year, they may perhaps serve AKL via SYD...

I really hope it! QR to Sydney would be a game changer for me

Malaysian16 Aug 30, 13 3:57 pm


Originally Posted by Wozza2404 (Post 21363249)
5 hours at DOH is easily doable. The premium terminal is excellent. Waiter service food, separate bar area, quiet rooms, duty free shopping.

But do you get access to any lounge or even the premium terminal if travelling in Y as a BA Silver member?

Went through that (QR economy terminal) once and vowed never ever to be cattle herded like that again... :eek:

londonbus Aug 30, 13 4:05 pm

All this is good news except....


On my annual jaunt I travel in WTP. Can't afford Club and can't face WhY.

Neither QR nor MH offer prem. Econ...

irishguy28 Aug 31, 13 10:55 am

According to Business Traveller, BAEC members will indeed be able to earn Avios on QR flights from next Monday.

TPs, of course, will only be earned on fights taken after QR's official entry into oneworld, which is expected in October.

irishguy28 Aug 31, 13 10:57 am


Originally Posted by londonbus (Post 21364959)
On my annual jaunt I travel in WTP. Can't afford Club and can't face WhY.

Neither QR nor MH offer prem. Econ...

QR J is often cheaper than WTP!

stephem Aug 31, 13 11:32 am

It will be interesting to see what transatlantic BA flights get a QR code whe the codeshare agreement is released, I would love to see QR #s on the LCY-JFK flight.

themapelligroup Aug 31, 13 11:41 am


Originally Posted by irishguy28 (Post 21368033)
According to Business Traveller, BAEC members will indeed be able to earn Avios on QR flights from next Monday.

TPs, of course, will only be earned on fights taken after QR's official entry into oneworld, which is expected in October.

Better than nothing, let's see if the October deadline will be respected

londonbus Sep 1, 13 10:53 am


Originally Posted by irishguy28 (Post 21368043)
QR J is often cheaper than WTP!

Against BA Sale fares in T class... are you sure?

1010101 Sep 1, 13 9:32 pm


Originally Posted by londonbus (Post 21371992)
Against BA Sale fares in T class... are you sure?

Of course it's not. But if you look at a random date in the future, the price often wont be too far apart. For example I booked a QR J return from HKG and the price was approx 20% more to fly in a J class that is more like BA F than CW.

irishguy28 Sep 2, 13 2:36 am


Originally Posted by londonbus (Post 21371992)
Against BA Sale fares in T class... are you sure?

I just priced up my upcoming QR trip (bought during their most recent 6-day sale) in the current BA sale, and BA WTP comes out ~30 more expensive. Granted, on my dates the outbound fare was in E, not T.

Wozza2404 Sep 2, 13 2:47 am

The reason EY sees so much of my eastbound business is because I can stop in the UAE on the way back and see clients there. Even if I don't need to stop there, I still do because I'd rather fly a 7 hour leg, have a night in AUH or DXB and then do another 7 hours flight than spend 12 hours watching the same 4 films.

Plus the fact that a LHR-AUH-KUL-AUH-LHR itinerary in J is often <1650 in their sales, and that includes a car from the Midlands to LHR, a car from AUH to DXB should I want one, a car back from DXB-AUH and then a car from LHR to the Midlands. Saves me 50 in fuel, 150 in parking, and 100 in return taxis.

The downside to QR, for me, is that I don't like DOH anywhere near as much as AUH or DXB.

paulwuk Sep 2, 13 3:52 am


Originally Posted by irishguy28 (Post 21368043)
QR J is often cheaper than WTP!

Wow

Random route with a lot of advanced notice
MAN-SIN, dep Oct 13th, return Oct 17th

Giving 3 1/2 days in Singapore

Qatar: Business restricted (I): 2224 [560tp]
BA: 2773 [240tp]

For a more realistic notice period
Sep 15th-19th

Qatar: Business restricted (D/Z): 2630 [560tp]
BA: 2773 [240tp]

So still 140 cheaper!

One problem is that BA only off their discount WTP tickets when you have a Saturday night stay (not to mention an advanced purchase requirement)


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