Amazing Qatar Airways Business Class Fares From Europe To Australia

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Qatar Airways is known for their incredible business class fares, which are a fantastic way to earn miles (both elite qualifying and redeemable) with your preferred oneworld frequent flyer program. While typically low Qatar Airways fares are barely worth pointing out since they’re the norm rather than the exception, at the moment they have some especially low fares for travel between Europe and Australia, starting at 1,650USD per person roundtrip.

Specifically, these fares are valid for travel between Scandinavia and Canberra, Australia. This journey covers a distance of 21,611 miles roundtrip. That means if crediting to American AAdvantage, for example, you’d earn 32,417 elite qualifying miles, and 4,322 elite qualifying dollars.

The basic restrictions associated with these tickets are as follows:

  • Valid for travel between April and November 2018
  • Three day minimum stay requirement, six month maximum stay requirement
  • You must travel with a companion to get this fare (fares for single passengers are a few hundred dollars more)
  • You must depart from one city in Scandinavia and return to another city, so you can’t fly to and from the same city

For example, take the below routing from Oslo to Canberra to Stockholm, which Google Flights prices at ~3,411USD roundtrip for two passengers.

Then you can go to Qatar Airways’ website to book. Just enter promotion code PCSPECIAL during the search phase (if you’re being brought over from Google Flights, click “Modify Search” at the top and enter the code), and you should see even lower fares.

For example, the total for two passengers comes to 27,246NOK, which is ~3,300USD, or ~1,650USD per person. That’s an amazingly low fare for such a long journey. Also make sure you use a card that maximizes the points you can earn. If you’re US based, I recommend using The Platinum Card® from American Express, which offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly from airlines.

Qatar Airways’ flights to Sydney and Canberra are operated by 777s, featuring Qatar’s fully flat forward facing business class product, though unfortunately they don’t feature Qsuites. However, I’d say there’s a decent chance that the route will feature Qsuites by later next year, so if you’re booking for the second half of next year, you at least have a shot.

Meanwhile the flights between Scandinavia and Doha are mostly operated by 787s, featuring reverse herringbone seats in business class.

It’s remarkably how good Qatar Airways’ business class fares are, given that you can credit those flights to other programs, and also given that their business class product is exceptional. I’m certainly tempted to book one of these tickets.

Similar fares have been around for a while, and it looks like this fare expires on January 5, 2018, as of now.

Anyone plan on booking one of these excellent Qatar Airways business class fares?

(Tip of the hat to Live and Let’s Fly)

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Comments

  1. Mileage runs in style now these days with Premium Econ/Business fares.

    In regards to companions to get the price, I presume both travelers will have to be on the same pnr/routing? Ugh, makes it harder for a solo traveler like me to take this deal, or convince someone to spend $1.6k, in addition to positioning flights.

  2. Too bad I don’t have a companion who can do this sort of crazy mileage run with me. Anyone interested in buy a ticket with me for April or May? No need to travel together, just buy tickets together to get the fare.

  3. I was eyeing flights to Sydney and back earlier this year, 2079€ from Helsinki. Didn’t buy 🙁

    At least then the Doha-Sydney leg was on A380s, not 777s, if I recall correctly?

  4. I can’t get it to price out correctly. Shows up as $3,424 on Google Flights but the Qatar website yields 73,212.00 NOK on all dates I checked. Any tips?

  5. (It says: “The requested cabin class is full or not available in at least one of the options listed below. (5003)” even though business class is offered. Any way to find correct R class availability other than trial & error?)

  6. I had the same issue as Josh. Mine also says “The requested cabin class is full or not available in at least one of the options listed below. (5003)”. Any advice?

  7. @Lucky Just a slight correction: Live & Let’s Fly seem to have picked up on the fact that I said the fare has good availability from April onwards, whereas the fare is actually valid for travel from 11FEB2018 (i.e. when the CBR route launches). Although admittedly there aren’t many days where it can be booked at that time, given that R class availability is pretty patchy in February/March.
    I’ve updated the forum post to make this a bit more clear 🙂
    https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29221777-post40.html

  8. @John @Gordon To find R class availability, PZE made this suggestion on FlyerTalk:

    “Generally better availability ex- ARN than ex-OSL. Google flights and Matrix both seem to show R-class availability everyday even when it’s not available via the QR website when you try to book so you need to run searches through the website to see which days have cheap availability. The only way I’ve found to do it for open jaw flights is to search returns from each of ARN and OSL and then once I’ve found cheap availability for each leg put it in as a multi-city booking.”

    I’ve tried this myself and it seems to work, in spite of the 5003 error that appears.

  9. @Lucky Just a slight correction: Live & Let’s Fly seem to have picked up on the fact that I said the fare has good availability from April onwards, whereas the fare is actually valid for travel from 11FEB2018 (i.e. when the CBR route launches). Although admittedly there aren’t many days where it can be booked at that time, given that R class availability is pretty patchy in February/March.
    I’ve updated the forum post to make this a bit more clear 🙂

  10. Hi folks, is this available heading ex CBR ? I keep hitting the same ‘requested cabin unavailable’ message. Have tried playing with dates across May/June/July period to no avail.

  11. Just booked it for October 2018, just as you show above. Amazing fare at 1350€ each….thanks for the advice 🙂

  12. Just booked OSLDOHCBR 21oct – CBRDOHARN 10nov. For 2740 eur return 2pax! Thanks for the tips! Will enjoy the spring in Australia!

  13. @jackson Unfortunately these fares don’t work in reverse. Living in Sydney, the trick I use to get these cheap fares is to position to Europe once (eg. by redeeming points OW on QF or SQ) and then keep buying return tickets ex OSL/ARN. Given the 6 month max stay, it only works if you plan on doing at least two trips a year, however.

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