As far as I’m concerned, Qatar Airways offers the world’s best business class product. Not only that, but thanks to their membership in oneworld, flying with Qatar can be a great way to earn elite qualifying miles in your preferred program (American AAdvantage, British Airways Executive Club, etc.).
Historically Qatar Airways has offered great business class fares, though lately, I’ve been noticing fewer of them 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.
Qatar recently launched a new business class fare sale, including deals from the US. From most US gateways the deals aren’t that noteworthy, but they do have some great fares out of LAX.
Qatar’s new business class fare sale is valid for bookings through February 18, 2019, and for travel between March 1 and December 11, 2019. A complete listing of the offers is available by origin. Qatar’s website is pretty good for actually searching availability, though, if you prefer, you can use Google Flights or ITA Matrix.
In my opinion here are the three best deals available out of the US with this offer:
- Los Angeles to Delhi for $2,364 roundtrip
- Los Angeles to Bangkok for $2,608 roundtrip
- Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur for $2,697 roundtrip
That Los Angeles to Delhi fare obviously stands out as the best here.
That itinerary covers a distance of ~19,750 flown miles, so if crediting to American AAdvantage you’d earn:
- ~30,000 elite qualifying miles (150%)
- ~19,750 redeemable miles (100% for segments in the “R” fare class)
- A 120% mileage bonus if you’re an Executive Platinum member
- 3,950 elite qualifying dollars (elite qualifying dollars for 20% of the distance flown)
But it gets even better than the above. You can save even more money on these fares by booking through 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.
I called regarding the Los Angeles to Delhi fare, and it brought down the price to $2,200, though there is a $39 ticketing fee with them. Still, I’d consider it to be worth it, and you’re earning 5x Membership Rewards points for the purchase with the personal card.
So for example, if you’re an American Executive Platinum you’d pay $2,200 and you’d earn 43,450 AAdvantage miles and 11,000 Amex Membership Rewards points. I value those points alone at ~$850, and that doesn’t account for the mileage towards elite status, or what a great experience this could be.
Best of all, at this point, Qatar Airways offers Qsuites on most frequencies out of LAX.
Qatar Airways’ 777 Qsuites cabin
The Los Angeles to Delhi fare on Qatar Airways is the best business class fare I’ve seen on them departing the US in a long time. It’s especially well-timed since Qsuites is now available on their LAX route, which makes this more comfortable than ever before.
Remember you can save even more with the Amex International Airline Program, and that also allows you to earn 5x points, in addition to the airline miles you’re earning.
Anyone plan to take advantage of one of these great Qatar business class fares?