This is a quick update to this post to note that the deadline for this promotion has been extended. It was initially only valid for bookings through March 26, 2019, but is now valid for bookings through March 30, 2019, so you have a few more days to take advantage of this offer. Thanks to The Gate for the heads up.
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, especially for travel originating in the US.
Qatar Airways Qsuites
Well, the airline has just launched what they’re calling a “Premium Prix Fixe” sale, where business class fares can be had from US gateways for $2,500, $3,000, or $3,500.
Given how good Qatar’s business class is, and how long some of these flights are, the $2,500 business class fares are excellent. This sale is valid for bookings through March 26, 2019, and is valid for travel through the end of the schedule.
Note that these fares won’t show through online travel agencies, so you’ll have to search directly through Qatar Airways’ website to find these fares.
The following markets have $2,500 business class fares during this sale:
- Atlanta to Beirut
- Boston to Delhi, Tbilisi, Yerevan
- Chicago to Phuket
- Dallas to Kathmandu, Maldives
- Houston to Maldives, Salalah, Yerevan
- Los Angeles to Amman, Muscat
- Miami to Amman, Beirut, Nairobi
- New York to Seychelles, Tbilisi
- Washington to Beirut, Goa
These fares are not only a great way to get to a lot of destinations in comfort, but also to earn oneworld miles (assuming Qatar Airways stays in oneworld). For example, if you booked Los Angeles to Amman roundtrip (via Doha), you’d be traveling a distance of 18,700 miles.
If crediting this to American AAdvantage you’d earn a total of 28,050 elite qualifying miles, ~20,000 redeemable miles (over 40,000 if you’re an Executive Platinum member), and 3,950 elite qualifying dollars.
The long haul flights book into the “R” fare class, though note that flights within the Middle East book into the “A” fare class, which is first class. That means you’ll get access to the Al Safwa Lounge prior to your flight from Doha to another city in the Middle East (like Amman).
Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge Doha
If you take advantage of one of these fares, make sure you use a card offering bonus points for airfare purchases. You can earn up to 5x points, which I value at up to 1.7 cents each, for an additional return of 8.5%.
|Card||Points earned on airfare spend|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent|
|Citi Prestige Card||5x ThankYou points per dollar spent|
|American Express® Gold Card||3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent|
|Citi Premier℠ Card||3x ThankYou points per dollar spent|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card||2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent|
These aren’t the most incredible business class fares we’ve ever seen, but they’re really good, especially when you consider how many miles you’re earning, and that you get to fly the world’s best business class.
In particular, city pairs like Chicago to Phuket, Houston to Maldives, Miami to Nairobi, and Los Angeles to Amman seem especially attractive.
Anyone considering taking advantage of one of these great business class fares?
(Tip of the hat to Scott)