Robert Lewandowski had a rare failure from the penalty spot but a fortunate deflection was enough to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at Hertha Berlin and a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Bayern now exchange the cold and snow of the German capital for the sun and heat of Doha as they fly directly to the Club World Cup where they open their campaign on Monday.
"It will be a nice flight," Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said. "That's how we imagined it."
They travel with a double-figure advantage in the league table thanks to Kingsley Coman's fortuitous strike in the 21st minute earning a fifth successive win.
It came shortly after Hertha's Rune Jarstein became just the second keeper to save a Lewandowski penalty in the Bundesliga.
Hertha can take heart from their performance and should even have levelled when Matheus Cunha race cleared late on only to chip wide of the post.
They now have one draw and five defeats in six while they sit 14th, one point above the relegation play-off place.
Bayern could have their lead reduced to seven points again on Saturday when second-placed RB Leipzig visit bottom club Schalke.
But for now Bayern will turn their attention to the Club World Cup and a potential sixth trophy in succession following last year's treble and both domestic and European Super Cups to start this season.
"I'm happy," said Thomas Mueller. "We now have, how many wins, four or five in a row.
"We're looking forward to this tournament and a crowning finish. After the Champions League we now want to put the crown on top."