AMAZING FARE: Business Class Europe – Australia From $1,340/£1,100/€1,215

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I’ve posted some amazing Business Class fares before but this one has to be the best I’ve ever seen….and it doesn’t even appear to be a mistake fare!

Qatar Airways has published fares, for Business Class roundtrip travel between Europe and Australia, starting at just $1,340/£1,100/€1,215. To say that is is a staggeringly low fare would be an understatement so, if you have any interest in traveling to Australia in the next few months, I’d jump on this very quickly.

Not only is the fare amazing but, further on in this post, I’ll show just how many AAdvantage Miles, Elite Qualifying Miles, Avios and Tier Points you could rack up with this fare….it’s a lot!

Qatar Airways Business Class: Zurich – Adelaide From $1,340

The Headline Terms & Conditions:

  • Must book at least 3 days before departure
  • Minimum stay is published at 3 days but 2 night stays are possible too.
  • Outbound travel must commence on or before 10 December 2016.
  • Inbound travel bust be complete by 31 January 2017.
  • Tickets must be purchased by 16 October 2016.


As you may expect for a fare that’s this amazing the availability isn’t great….but there’s enough of it around to give people a chance to book something that works for them:






The Flights

What makes this fare even more fantastic is that there doesn’t have to be any overly long layovers and, even more importantly, the flights are on Qatar Airways’ 787 and A350 aircraft….so the Business Class cabin is superb.


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Just in case anyone is thinking that this is ITA Matrix showing a phantom fare (which it isn’t), here’s the trip priced up on (click to enlarge):


And here’s that converted into USD:


Earning AAdvantage Miles & Avios

Here’s a table showing what you should earn by crediting these flights to American Airlines AAdvantage or the British Airways Executive Club (assuming a traveler with no status):


That’s a very impressive haul of AAdvantage Miles for someone with no status….and it gets better if you have status:

  • Gold – 40% Bonus = 27,513 total AAdvantage Miles earned
  • Platinum – 60% Bonus = 31,433 total AAdvantage Miles earned
  • Executive Platinum – 120% Bonus = 43,234 total AAdvantage Miles earned.

I value AAdvantage Miles at around 1.25 cents each so, as an Executive Platinum member I would be getting an effective rebate of $540 for this trip…and that’s not bad at all 🙂

If you’re crediting your trips to the British Airways Executive Club you won’t get an elite bonus for flights on Qatar Airways (yet another reason I don’t credit my flights to the BAEC) but you will earn 600 Tier points which is enough for Silver Status in just one trip! (Don’t forget that you need at least 4 flights on BA to earn status with the airline).

Bottom Line

If I had any room in my diary I’d book this fare in a heartbeat. The 29,478 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) would take me over 150,000 EQM for the year and would earn me an additional two systemwide upgrades for next year.

As I value Systemwide Upgrades at around $600 each (until the introduction of Premium Economy devalues them completely) I would, effectively be doing these flights for free once I add in my valuation of the AAdvantage Miles that I would earn as well.

If you have ever wanted to visit Australia and wanted to visit in comfort and a little bit of style then this could be your best opportunity to do it on the cheap – I doubt we’ll see a fare like this appear again any time soon so make the most of it if you can.

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[Big tip of the hat to Flyertalk’s tymoon25 who found this fare in the first place]


    • Indeed! I’m kicking myself that I have so little spare time in my diary to take advantage of these fares – I could have done with two more AA systemwide upgrades 🙂

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