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Qatar Airways is starting the new year with a bang with some truly mind-blowing Business Class class fares between Europe and Australia which seem to start at around €1,678 roundtrip. The icing on the cake is the fact that the fares appear to be available for large parts of 2018 and aren’t all that difficult to find (at the time of writing).
Headline Fare Rules
- Book by 16 January 2018
- All travel must be complete by 10 December 2018
- Blackout dates: 9 June – 10 September 2018
- Minimum stay is 3 days
- Maximum stay is 6 months
I used the ITA Matrix search tool to find these fares and, although it’s not always very reliable anymore when it comes to pricing, it’s pretty good at pinpointing dates and city pairs that offer good fares.
All the great Business Class fares to Australia that I’ve found so far originate in Scandinavia and while some dates will offer excellent fares and routings you may have to compromise a bit to get the best fares.
Examples of compromises you may need to make are:
- Long-ish layovers (try to book and overnight stay if the layover is particularly long)
- Departing from a different city than the one you eventually fly back into (the combination of Oslo and Stockholm appears to work well).
Example 1: Oslo – Sydney – Oslo from €1,685 Roundtrip
ITA shows good availability….here’s March as an example…..
….and here’s November too:
Here’s a trip priced up on QatarAirways.com:
And here’s Google confirming the exchange rate details and the final fare cost in Euros:
Example 2: Stockholm – Melbourne – Oslo from €1,992 Roundtrip
Here’s what ITA Matrix shows for April (as an example)…..
…and although I have yet to be able to replicate the super-low fare ITA is showing on QatarAirways.com (or on any other site for that matter)I have found a fare that’s still pretty good:
And here’s the exchange rate proof from Google:
Example 3: Oslo – Adelaide – Oslo from €1,679 Roundtrip
Here’s an example of May availability to Adelaide…..
…and here’s a trip priced up on QatarAirways.com showing almost exactly the same fare in Norwegian Krone:
And here’s the final proof from Google:
Example 4: Oslo – Perth – Oslo from €1,674 Roundtrip
Lastly there’s Perth.
Availability looks excellent – here’s November as an example:
And the fare on QatarAirways.com is close enough to the ITA fare as to make little difference:
Fares between Europe and Australia don’t get any better than these and, when you factor in the fact that you would be flying in some of the best Business Class cabins around on aircraft like the A350, 787 and A380, these are truly amazing deals to find.
Don’t forget that Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance so if you have status on the likes of British Airways or American Airlines it will serve you well on these flights and you’ll earn a LOT of Avios, tier points, miles, elite qualifying miles and elite qualifying dollars if you book these fares.
If you’re crediting your flights to British Airways you’ll earn between 560 and 600 Tier points for each of these itineraries – that’s enough tier points for Silver Status – and if you’re crediting the flights to American Airlines you’ll earn at least 25,975 Elite Qualifying miles and as many as 32,307 if you book a trip to Sydney – that’s almost a third of the way to Executive Platinum status in one trip!
These really are fantastic fares so they’ll probably start disappearing pretty quickly once the word spreads – don’t procrastinate for too long if you’re looking to book.