Flights and Formula 1

Posted by in Formula 1, Travel

I’m a big Formula 1 fan, as mentioned before because of my Dad and the last grand prix he went to was Abu Dhabi in 2012, during which time he said I should join him next year. Fast forward a few months and everything (apart from lodgings) has been booked. Since Dad and Mum moved to Qatar I’ve wanted to fly on Qatar Airways, especially since they now have the Boeing 787 Dreamliner!

During the process of looking for flights Qatar Airways was clearly the cheapest, however I stumbled upon something strange, I wanted to spend a week in Doha with my parents so I went with a multi-trip booking of:

London -> Doha -> Abu Dhabi -> Doha -> London

The price ended up being around £550 which is a reasonable price considering the distance and amount of flights. However I was intrigued to know how much it would be to fly to Doha and back on a normal return flight, so I punched in all the details with the same dates and found that it was MORE expensive, around £220 more expensive to NOT get on 2 extra flights! I told a few people about this and the general consensus is that it’s because Qatar is trying to feed traffic to it’s network in order to build up a reputation for THE airline to fly on from east to west and vice versa.

Multi-trip booking

Multi-trip booking

Return booking

Return booking

Either way, I get a few awesome things to note about this trip:

  • I get to fly Qatar Airways
  • I get to fly on the Dreamliner
  • I get to visit my second GP of the year (the first being Belgium in August)
  • I get to save money by going to more than one place
  • I get to visit Dad and Mum in Doha again

More to come nearer the time!