Qatar Airways is known for their excellent business class fares, which can be a great way to accrue miles with any of their oneworld partner airlines while flying what I consider to be the world’s best business class.
At the moment Qatar Airways has some good business class fares valid for travel from the US to Asia. I’d say these fares are “good” and not “great,” because sometimes Qatar Airways has business class fares that are truly insanely low. For example, early last year they published sub-$1,800 business class fares from Los Angeles to Singapore. So this isn’t that good, but it’s still very good.
For example, you can fly from New York to Bangkok (including on a Qsuites configured aircraft) for ~$3,180 roundtrip:
Or from Chicago to Bangkok for about the same fare:
Or from Los Angeles to Bangkok for about the same fare:
To pull up these fares I recommend using ITA Matrix or Google Flights. These fares are bookable through February 24, there’s a one-week minimum stay requirement, travel is required on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and availability is wide open over the coming months.
But it gets better than that. Qatar Airways participates in the Amex International Airline Program, which is available to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express.
By booking by phone with Amex you can save on virtually any Qatar Airways business class fare for travel originating in the US. So I phoned up American Express, and the fare for the above flights dropped from ~$3,200 to ~$2,850 roundtrip, so that’s a further savings of ~$350. If you pay with The Platinum Card® from American Express you’ll earn 5x points on the airfare purchase. Personally I value those points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me that’s like an ~8.5% return on spend, and lowers the real cost of the ticket by another ~$250, to around ~$2,500.
If crediting these flights to American AAdvantage you’d earn 150% elite qualifying miles, 100% redeemable miles, and 20% elite qualifying dollars. For example, a Los Angeles to Bangkok roundtrip ticket would earn:
- 34,773 elite qualifying miles
- 23,182 redeemable miles (you get a 120% bonus on top of that if you’re an Executive Platinum member)
- 4,636 elite qualifying dollars
Like I said, this isn’t the world’s best business class fare, but it is a solid fare if you’re considering flying to Asia, given what a great business class Qatar Airways has, how many miles you can earn, and that you can even fly Qsuites on this fare, if you’d like.
(Tip of the hat to ChubbyPanda123 on FlyerTalk)