I learnt most of this from Rob, my boyfriend for new readers, who spends the majority of his spare time in airline and travel points forums. After a touch of research, Rob randomly found a great deal on Qatar Airways flights from Helsinki to Bangkok via Doha in business class last year, so he randomly booked it. The whole premise behind the flights were that we would have higher airline status and perks with BA if we did this trip. And of course, a long awaited Thai beach escape. I was sold.