AMAZING Qsuites Fare From New York To Kiev

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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

Bottom line

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?

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Comments
  1. The times are terrible. Takes almost 24 hours each way with very long layovers in Doha. Would you rather fly coach and be there in 8 hours or pay $1000 more for business class and take 24 hours each way with very long layovers ? There is no value in that.

  2. @Ryan

    1) A long layover is only needed on the outbound (check the other flight options)
    2) You can take advantage of a free 5* hotel courtesy of Qatar Airways if you’d prefer to stay the night in Doha rather than hang around at the airport.
    3) You should bear in mind that a lot of people who read OMAAT and blogs like it just want to try out various premium cabins and aircraft or simply rack up easy redeemable miles and credits towards elite status, so just because you see no value in this deal doesn’t mean that other readers will not.

    To answer your question: I’d take the long QR Business Class route (for $1,000 more) over Economy Class direct to Kyiv every time…unless I had a pressing engagement that I needed to get to Kyiv for.

  3. I remember the last time QR had a sale like this: LAX-SIN for $1700 in J. Now THAT was a steal.

    But this is pretty amazing too

  4. Pretty clear from the Qatar itinerary you posted that the city is now referred to as Kyiv. Get with the program.

  5. @JD-With Latin letters it can be written either way. And it sounds the same with either spelling.

  6. Looks like a pretty good deal to me. Connection times are actually great – on the way there you can do some sightseeing in Doha, on the way back enough time to take the 8 pm free tour of Doha at night and then enjoy the lounge without feeling rushed. One week in Ukraine in August is not too bad either – Kyiv is a great city, you can also go to the Black Sea in Odessa. Or you can add a short side trip to Central Europe.

    Yes, lots of backtracking – but you are in QSuites, not in a penalty box. And as others are saying, if you don’t like spending time in QSuites, why are you reading second page of comments on this blog? 🙂

  7. Hmm. I’ll look into this. Haven’t been to Doha or Kiev so seems like a good deal for people who are interested interested in visiting these places.

  8. $27 hotel stays in Doha (Westin, Grand Hyatt, Marriott Marquis, etc.) are only available if your connection time is over 12 hours.

    Probably change around flights and make your connection over 12 hours (cheap stays, sponsored by Qatar Airways) or under 5 hours.

  9. Jetaway, not true. Kyiv is the Ukrainian way, whereas Kiev is the old, Russian version.

    As it’s now part of Ukraine, Kyiv is correct. Unless you also claim that with Latin letters you can equally call the Russian city Leningrad instead of St Petersburg.

  10. And those of us living in Doha have to pay around that price just for a return from DOH-LHR in economy!

  11. seems ridiculous to fly way past your destination and then take a connecting flight back. I have to agree with ryan. Why not just fly a European airline and connect along the way. Get’s you there much sooner. Flying business just makes the flight more bearable, would still rather be out of the plane and out of airports as soon as possible.

  12. I booked one of these. I just lost my OW Sapphire status, and that stings. With just this one itinerary (and 4 short BA segments) I can be BAEC Silver/OW Sapphire.

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