Yet Another Excellent Qatar Airways Business Class Offer – This Time For Companion Travel

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Qatar Airways has published yet another excellent Business Class promotion and this time for two companions traveling together – solo travelers can’t take advantage of this unfortunately. This time the Business Class deals are originating in Belgium (specifically Brussels) and are for travel to 35 destinations in Asia and Oceania.

Prices start at $1,100/£835/€970 per person and there are over 20 destinations for which you can find fares under $2,000/£1,520/€1765 and there are particularly good fares to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Note: Qatar Airways is running a small Business Class sale out of the UK (follow the link) but the fares I’m posting below blow that one out of the water.

Qatar Airways Business Class Companion Promotion

The promotion page with the full list of destinations is here.

The Fare Rules (per Qatar Airways):

  • Sales period: 16th – 28th August 2016.
  • Travel period: 16th August 2016 – 30th June 2017.
  • Valid on Qatar Airways operated flights from Brussels National (BRU) to selected destinations.
  • The Companion offer is valid on bookings for 2 travellers in Business Class.
  • The Companion offer is valid when booking 2 Business Class tickets on the same flight.
  • Discount applies to instant purchases only.
  • Discount applies to return tickets.
  • The discount is only valid on bookings made on The displayed fares already reflect the discount.
  • Advertised fares are based on fees, taxes and airport charges. Fares subject to change without notice.
  • Seats are limited and are subject to availability of the relevant booking class.
  • On selected routings, weekend surcharge may apply. Please refer to detailed fare rules before purchasing.
  • Other terms & conditions apply. Please review at the time of booking.

Be very sure to note the rule that states that all tickets must be purchases on Qatar Airways’ Belgium website.

The Fares

The full list of fares to 35 destinations is here but I’ve picked out the deals I think stand out:

All prices are for round-trip travel

Dubai – From $1,100/£835/€970

Mumbai – From $1,360/£1,035/€1200

Delhi – From $1,380/£1,050/€1,215

Shanghai – From $1,560/£1,187/€1,375

Kathmandu – From $1,567/£1,191/€1,380

Bangkok – From $1,572/£1,195/€1,385

Tokyo – From $1,590/£1,208/€1,400

Johannesburg – From $1,600/£1,217/€1,410

Hong Kong – From $1,691/£1,286/€1,490

Maldives – From $1,765/£1,342/€1,555

Cape Town – From $1,822/£1,385/€1,605

Tips & Info

Qatar Airways operates its 787 Dreamliners between Brussels and Doha and, as that’s a flight everyone buying these fares is going to have to take irrespective of their final destination, that’s great news.

The Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner comes fitted with the airline’s newest Business Class product so you’ll be traveling in the same seats as found on the airline’s flagship A380 aircraft.

Qatar Airways 787-8Qatar Airways Business Class cabin on the 787 Dreamliner

Qatar Airways 787-8Qatar Airways Business Class seat on the 787 Dreamliner

What aircraft you fly out of Doha will depend on your final destination so make sure you check each route if you’re looking for a particular aircraft (Guangzhou, for example is Qatar Airways’ most recent A380 destination and, in this promotion, you can fly there for $1,670/£1,270/€1,475 per person).

Watch out for long layovers.

Some fares appear have long layovers….


…but don’t be put off because you should still be able to find flights on the same dates with much more reasonable journey times:


Also be aware that when you’re pricing up the flights on Qatar Airways the final price you’re quoted is for both passengers (click to enlarge):


Miles & Tier Point Earning

Most of these fares will earn 560 Tier Points for those crediting their flights to the British Airways Executive Club which means that you can earn Tier Points starting at a little over $2.73/£2.10 each…which isn’t too bad.

For those crediting to American Airlines things are a bit more complicated but these examples should give you an example of what you can expect to earn (based on a passenger with no status):

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As you should be able to see, some of these fares will allow travelers to earn (just about) AAdvantage Gold in one trip and, when you factor in the 120% mileage bonus, will earn those with Executive Platinum status over 25,000 redeemable miles.

I value AAdvantage Miles at a conservative 1.24 cents each so some of these fares will effectively earn an Executive Platinum status holder a rebate of between $370 and $450 in the form of redeemable miles.

These fares are a no-brainer when you look at it like that 🙂

Bottom Line

I’m almost tired of saying this but, once again, these really are some fantastic fares if you’re a couple or if you can find someone to tag along with you on your trip.

560 Tier Points is just 40 Tier Points shy of BA Silver Status (oneWorld Sapphire) and, despite the devaluations to BAEC, that’s still a status worth having….for the lounge benefit if nothing else. This is one of the cheaper ways you’ll find to get to Silver.

From an AAdvantage point of view these fares are one of the last ways to truly build up a healthy balance of redeemable AAdvantage Miles now that American Airlines has moved over to a revenue-based system. Combine that with the excellent EQM earnings and the big contribution to the EQD targets (coming in 2017) and these fares are fantastic value.

Who’s in? 🙂


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