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)