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As far as I’m concerned, Qatar Airways offers the world’s most well rounded business class experience. Not only that, but thanks to their membership in oneworld, flying with Qatar Airways can be a great way to earn elite qualifying miles in your preferred program (American AAdvantage, British Airways Executive Club, etc.).
Qatar Airways Qsuites cabin on the A350-1000
Qatar Airways is currently offering the cheapest business class fare I recall them offering from the US in years. I’m not sure it’s necessarily the most useful fare, but it sure is good.
Amazing New York to Kiev business class fares
As reported by Traveling For Miles, you can fly roundtrip Qatar Airways business class between New York and Kiev for around $1,695:
- There’s availability for this fare throughout the schedule, though in some months (especially over summer) availability is pretty limited
- There’s a seven day minimum stay requirement
- You need to travel outbound Mondays through Thursdays, and inbound Sundays through Wednesdays
Qatar Airways’ website is pretty good for actually searching availability, though if you prefer you can use Google Flights or ITA Matrix. You can potentially have the fare drop a bit further by booking through Momondo, though that comes with some risks as well.
Save even more with the Amex International Airline Program
The Amex International Airline Program, which is available to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (review), offers further discounts when booking through amextravel.com.
For example, with those discounts the fare goes down to $1,602, which is even better.
Best of all when you pay with your Amex Platinum you earn 5x points. I value those points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me that’s the equivalent of a further 8.5% discount (knocking down the “real” cost to ~$1,465).
How many miles do you earn?
That itinerary covers a distance of ~17,513 flown miles, so if crediting to American AAdvantage you’d earn:
- ~26,270 elite qualifying miles (150%)
- ~17,513 redeemable miles (100% for segments in the “R” fare class)
- A 120% mileage bonus if you’re an Executive Platinum member
- ~3,503 elite qualifying dollars (elite qualifying dollars for 20% of the distance flown)
Qatar Airways Qsuites seat
This New York to Kiev Qatar Airways sale is spectacular. I don’t remember the last time we saw a Qatar Airways business class fare this low out of the US.
That being said, I’m not necessarily sure this is the most useful deal — there’s quite a bit of backtracking involved, there are long layovers required in Doha, there’s a one week minimum stay requirement, etc.
But I’m sure this fare will tempt some.
Anyone plan to take advantage of this incredible Qatar Airways fare sale to Kiev?