As far as I’m concerned, Qatar Airways offers the world’s most well rounded business class experience. Not only that, but thanks to their membership in oneworld, flying with Qatar Airways can be a great way to earn elite qualifying miles in your preferred program (American AAdvantage, British Airways Executive Club, etc.).
Qatar Airways Qsuites cabin on the A350-1000
Historically Qatar Airways has offered great business class fares, though for the past year or so I’ve noticed fewer great fares from the US. They still have many great fares from Africa, Asia, and Europe, in my experience, but fare sales from the US are far less common.
Well, for those based in Los Angeles (or willing to position), at the moment Qatar Airways has a noteworthy business class fare.
You can fly roundtrip business class between Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur for under $2,500, which is a pretty incredible deal. Availability with this fare is wide open, with lots of dates available between mid-February and mid-December 2020. The best fares seem to be available for outbound travel on Saturdays through Wednesdays.
This fare seems to allow an almost immediate turnaround, for those in a rush. 😉 You can also potentially book all segments in Qsuites, and in particular it’s exciting that Qatar Airways will soon operate the A350-1000 on their Los Angeles to Doha route.
Qatar Airways’ website is pretty good for actually searching availability, though if you prefer you can use Google Flights or ITA Matrix. You can potentially have the fare drop a bit further by booking through Momondo, though that comes with some risks as well.
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, offers further discounts, though they’re quite minimal in this case. It only seems to knock about $60 off the price.
That itinerary covers a distance of ~23,920 flown miles, so if crediting to American AAdvantage you’d earn:
- ~36,000 elite qualifying miles (150%)
- ~23,920 redeemable miles (100% for segments in the “R” fare class)
- A 120% mileage bonus if you’re an Executive Platinum member
- ~4,785 elite qualifying dollars (elite qualifying dollars for 20% of the distance flown)
If anyone is headed from the LA-area to Asia, this is a great option to consider!
Qatar Airways Qsuites seat
Anyone plan to take advantage of these great Qatar Airways fares?
(Tip of the hat to Tack)