While it’s normal to see cheap business class fares out of Pakistan, at the moment we’re seeing some exceptionally good fares, even better than usual. Obviously these could be useful if you’re based in Pakistan, but even otherwise these could potentially be interesting.
It’s my understanding that Pakistan allows you to transit without requiring a visa (assuming you stay airside), so it should be easy enough to position in order to take advantage of one of these fares. Furthermore, on the return portion of the ticket it’s easy enough to throwaway the last segment, and just get off at the gateway (Abu Dhabi or Doha, in this case). Keep in mind that this only works if you’re not checking bags, and only works on the last segment, because subsequent travel will be canceled if you no show.
Meanwhile if you want to earn elite qualifying miles with oneworld, Qatar Airways has fares of ~$1,400 roundtrip, and that even allows you to fly their new Qsuites business class:
Similar fares are available to other gateways, and you can even get a slightly cheaper fare by booking through momondo.com.
If you do book one of these tickets, make sure you maximize the points you earn. The Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.
I know this obviously isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a good premium cabin fare, these fares could be worth positioning for.
(Tip of the hat to SecretFlying)