Flying to UAE

Old Jun 16, 18, 8:38 am
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Flying to UAE

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My wife and I need to fly to the UAE in November.

Whilst we need to be in Abu Dhabi, I guess flying to Dubai is just as good, as it is only about an hour away.

I know that BA flies there, but there does not seem a lot of alternatives if one wishes to get Avios.

What is BA like to the UAE unless there is an alternative. I think I read that Royal Jordanian flies there from Europe, but I know nothing about them.

Any tips to get tier points, or am I better forgetting one world and go with Etihad or Emirates?
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Old Jun 16, 18, 8:49 am
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I believe Emirates on a Qantas codeshare will earn TPs and avios.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 9:26 am
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BA fly to both AUH and DXB

As paul78 mentioned, EK metal on a Qantas ticket will earn tier points/Avios (someone please correct me if this is no longer the case)

As for RJ - you will need to connect via Amman one imagines.

I used to fly from BHX > DOH > DWC or DXB via QR but of course there's now the Middle Eastern dispute with Qatar so you can't fly from Doha to Dubai currently - hence as a result I just take the direct BA flight to Abu Dhabi or Dubai now.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 9:27 am
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I would book on the best price/quality ratio that I can achieve, irrespective of points or FF benefits. When you compare BA versus the likes of EK or EY, they are unlikely to rate highly on the quality standings.

It is cabin dependent, of course.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by paul78 View Post
I believe Emirates on a Qantas codeshare will earn TPs and avios.
How does this work to get the avios/tier points?

Would you need to book on the Qantas website looking for an EK operated flight?

Or book on Emirates website looking for a QF code?
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Old Jun 16, 18, 9:34 am
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I flew to Dubai from LHR on BA earlier this month. Prices were very reasonable (less than 600 return in WT+). I actually upgraded my outbound flight to Club World for 20,000 Avios, and then subsequently to First at the airport (for 391), so my outbound flight was amazing!

On the return leg, I got upgraded (for free) into Club World. Staff were excellent in First and good (albeit very busy) in Club. Colleague travelled in WT+ and said the service there was very good.

We were 2 hours delayed on the way out and 15 mins early arriving home.

Id looked into various other carriers before I booked, but Id fly BA on that route again.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 9:36 am
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From Dubai airport it’s more like a 90 minute drive (1 hr is from the marina area), so I’d head to Abu Dhabi if you can. If you need the tier points and avios then yes, you can also buy the Qantas code share flights to Dubai, but these may work out more expensive than the emirates ticket (or could work out cheaper, all depends on booking classes available). You don’t mention what cabin you want to fly in - if it’s economy then avoid BA to Abu Dhabi as it’s a 787 which is well known for being highly cramped down the back. If it’s business or first then many would argue that etihad and emirates have superior products to BA. Emirates will include a chauffeur to Abu Dhabi in business or first, with BA you’re on your own.
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If you're looking at economy go Emirates to DXB. Trumps BA Economy class.
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Originally Posted by bmibaby737 View Post
If you're looking at economy go Emirates to DXB. Trumps BA Economy class.
Yes, for flight experience but not on price. BA is nearly always much cheaper than EK.

As the flight is roughly 7 hours the extra service you get flying EK is, IMHO, not worth the much higher price. BA generally fly's updated planes to DXB with new IFE.

Also, if you have Avios maybe consider the 50% off deal that ends on the 17th June.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by bmibaby737 View Post
If you're looking at economy go Emirates to DXB. Trumps BA Economy class.
Looking for at least business.
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
Looking for at least business.
Worth favtoring in the chauffeur drive if you're flying to DXB on EK vs BA, as that's probably about 100GBP I'm value Vs the taxi fare with BA + a nice car, if you're lucky and get the new BMWs, for long drive like AUH asking for one might help
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Old Jun 16, 18, 10:46 am
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Originally Posted by Nchoudhury View Post


How does this work to get the avios/tier points?

Would you need to book on the Qantas website looking for an EK operated flight?

Or book on Emirates website looking for a QF code?
Look on Qantas website. All the flights are operated by Emirates as Qantas don't go via Dubai now.

It will be A380, if business or F is will be light years ahead of BA.

Provided you have a QF code you will get Avios and TPs. Basically a win/win.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 10:48 am
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if there is no significant difference in price, fly to Abu Dhabi
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Originally Posted by skywardhunter View Post
Worth favtoring in the chauffeur drive if you're flying to DXB on EK vs BA, as that's probably about 100GBP I'm value Vs the taxi fare with BA + a nice car, if you're lucky and get the new BMWs, for long drive like AUH asking for one might help
If booking on Qantas website to get TPs and Avios I'm not aware you get chauffeur.

If you use EK you do but then you lose the TPs and Avios.

Emirates do a coach transfer to AD too.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 10:52 am
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Originally Posted by simons1 View Post
Look on Qantas website. All the flights are operated by Emirates as Qantas don't go via Dubai now.

It will be A380, if business or F is will be light years ahead of BA.

Provided you have a QF code you will get Avios and TPs. Basically a win/win.
Thanks. Will also take a look.

Will you still get the chauffeur service?
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