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
Well, at the moment Qatar Airways has very good business class fares for travel between New York and Greece, including for travel this summer.
I wouldn’t say these fares are “amazing,” but Greece is such a lovely place to visit in summer, and this is one of the best US to Greece fares I’ve seen for this summer (especially when you consider how much more comfortable this is than alternatives, which typically involve intra-Europe business class.
Good New York to Greece business class fares
As reported by Running With Miles, you can fly roundtrip business class between New York and Athens for around $2,460.
There’s availability for this fare between late February and early December, and there are even many summer dates with availability. Summer availability isn’t as good as spring or fall availability, but it’s still quite good. Note that there’s a seven day minimum stay requirement.
While not quite as good, there are some other solid Qatar Airways fares to Greece:
- You can fly from other US gateways to Athens for ~$2,900
- Fares to Mykonos and Santorini, from both New York and other US gateways, are quite reasonable as well
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.
Save even more with the Amex International Airline Program
The Amex International Airline Program, which is available to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (review), offers further discounts when booking through amextravel.com.
For example, with those discounts the fare goes down to $2,315, which is even better.
Best of all when you pay with your Amex Platinum you earn 5x points. I value those points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me that’s the equivalent of a further 8.5% discount (knocking down the “real” cost to ~$2,120).
How many miles do you earn?
That itinerary covers a distance of ~17,050 flown miles, so if crediting to American AAdvantage you’d earn:
- ~25,575 elite qualifying miles (150%)
- ~17,050 redeemable miles (100% for segments in the “R” fare class)
- A 120% mileage bonus if you’re an Executive Platinum member
- ~3,410 elite qualifying dollars (elite qualifying dollars for 20% of the distance flown)
Qatar Airways Qsuites seat
This is by no means a mileage run fare, or anything, but if you’re considering going to Greece this summer and were looking for a good business class fare, this is an excellent option. It’s a great fare to begin with, and the fact that it’s on Qatar Airways is the icing on the cake.
Anyone plan to take advantage of these great Qatar Airways fares?