To be clear, “spectacular” as far as legitimate fares go, not as far as $800 Cathay Pacific first class fares go… 😉
Qatar Airways Qsuites is my favorite business class product in the world. Historically the airline has also had exceptional business class fares, though we’re seeing fewer sales than we’ve seen in the past.
Qatar Airways Qsuites
In general I’d say we still see a good number of attractive business class fares for travel originating in Europe, though for travel originating in North America we don’t see nearly as many good business class fares as we used to.
At the moment Qatar Airways has excellent business class fares for travel originating in Montreal to various points in Asia. There are many destinations with good fares, though the absolute best fare seems to be to Bangkok. The other great news is that there’s availability through the end of the schedule, so this is great no matter what time of year you want to travel.
You can fly roundtrip business class on Qatar Airways from Montreal to Bangkok for $2,300USD.
The catch is that as of now the Montreal route doesn’t feature Qsuites, but rather features Qatar Airways’ old business class product.
The good news is that this fare allows you to connect via a US gateway for roughly the same price. So for example, you could fly from Montreal to Chicago/Washington to Doha to Bangkok, and then you’d have Qsuites on the long flight.
This is truly an incredible business class fare for my favorite business class product in the world.
Chicago to Bangkok roundtrip in business class via Doha covers a distance of ~21,000 flown miles, so if you were crediting to American AAdvantage (for example) you’d earn 31,500 elite qualifying miles, 4,200 elite qualifying dollars, and 21,000 redeemable miles (though if you’re Executive Platinum you’d earn a 120% bonus, for a total of 46,200 redeemable miles).
This is truly an exceptional fare, and I’m personally considering taking advantage of this. Not because I want to earn American AAdvantage miles, but rather because a trip to Thailand sounds fun at some point, and this seems like a really nice way to get there.
Like I said, cheap Qatar Airways business class fares from North America are rare nowadays, so…
Note that you may be able to save even more off the cost of a ticket using the Amex International Airline Program, which is also valid for select departures from Canada.
Anyone considering taking advantage of these fares?
(Tip of the hat to shintz)