DEAL: Qatar Airways Qsuite Fares USA – Asia From $2,749 Roundtrip


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The onboard service in Qatar Airways Business Class is almost always excellent regardless of which of the airline’s long-haul aircraft you’re flying in, but the Qsuite Business Class cabins are, for most people, a notch above every other cabin Qatar Airways offers and are widely considered to be one of the top two Business Class cabins in the world.

Right now Qatar Airways is offering a number of good Business Class fares for travel between US cities and Asia and, as Qatar Airways offers the Qsuite cabin on at least 2 of the 4 segments that all of these fares cover, this could be a very good opportunity to try the Qsuites out while raking in a lot of miles and elite credits towards American Airlines status.

The Fares/Prices

The better roundtrip Qatar Airways Business Class fares that I have found are as follows:

  • Los Angeles – Bengaluru from $2,749
  • Chicago – Bangkok from $2,774
  • Miami – New Delhi from $2,858

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There may be good Qatar Airways deals from other US cities as well but so far these are the best fares that I have found.

An Example Of What’s Possible

I’m going to use the Chicago – Bangkok fare to give you an idea of:

  1. What the fare availability can be like (it will vary from route to route)
  2. How you may be able to book the Qsuites for all 4 segments of the journey
  3. What your American Airlines AAdvantage earnings may look like

Fare Availability

For the Chicago – Bangkok route this is what availability looks like for 7-day itineraries (the shortest itinerary that appears to open up these fares).

March availability is dismal but things get a little better in April…

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…and May…but June is looking unimpressive:

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Availability gets a bit better in July and August…

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…but it’s when we get into September, October, and November that the fare becomes widely available…

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…before ending in the second week of December.

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Pricing Up The Fare & Booking Qsuites

The Qatar Airways website is the best place to book these fares (especially if you’re using a credit card that offers bonus points for spending made directly with an airline) and you should find that the prices I’ve given as examples are simple to find:

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For this particular fare you’ll find that although there’s only one flight you can choose for travel between Chicago and Doha (don’t worry, it offers the Qsuites), there are numerous daily flights between Doha and Bangkok – only three of these offer the Qsuites so it’s important to be careful which connections you book.

At the time of writing these are the flights between Doha and Bangkok which offer the Qsuite Business Class cabin (together with their departure times)…

Doha – Bangkok:

  • QR980 01:55
  • QR836 18:00
  • QR830 20:05

Bangkok – Doha:

  • QR837 02:10
  • QR831 09:05
  • QR981 19:40

….so, if you’re booking the Chicago – Bangkok fare, these are the flights you should be trying to lock-in….like this:

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This particular itinerary costs a little more than the cheapest fare I’ve found but it offers the Qatar Airways Qsuites on all four segments of the journey.

If you’re booking another itinerary make sure you check what aircraft are operating the various segments – you may be able to book your entire trip in the Qsuites.

An Added Bonus

A routing from Chicago to Doha to Bankok is a long trip (it’s almost double the distance between Los Angeles and London) so it may interest you to know that Qatar Airways offers a free night at a 5-star hotel in Doha with some of these fares to help break up the journey.

Here it is on offer during the booking process:

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Earning AAdvantage Miles & Elite Status Credits

As Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance all of these fares can be credited to the American Airlines AAdvantage program and, because this is a booking through a partner airline and not American, all your earnings will be based on the distance traveled and not the price of the fare…and that’s very good news.

The Great Circle Mapper website shows the distance for a Chicago – Bangkok roundtrip to be a little under 21,000 miles:

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Based on this, these are the earnings a flyer without AAdvantage status could expect when they book this fare:

  • Redeemable Miles (100% of distance flown) – 20,835
  • Elite Qualifying Miles (150% of distance flown) – 31,252
  • Elite Qualifying Dollars (20% of distance flown) – 4,167

In comparison, this is what a top-tier Executive Platinum member would earn:

  • Redeemable Miles (100% of distance flown) – 45,837
  • Elite Qualifying Miles (150% of distance flown) – 31,252
  • Elite Qualifying Dollars (20% of distance flown) – 4,167

This particular routing would earn all flyers over 31% of the Elite Qualifying Miles needed for top tier status and over 25% of the Elite Qualifying Dollars needed for top-tier status.

Don’t Forget

Make sure you get the best deal out of whatever fare you book by using a credit card that gives you a good return on your travel spending and, preferably, one that also comes with good travel protections.

The Platinum Card from American Express and the Business Platinum Card from American Express both earn 5 points/dollar but with the personal card, the spending needs to be made directly with an airline while for the business card the spending has to be made through Amex Travel.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card earns a very respectful 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending (so bookings with 3rd party sites will earn the bonus points) and, very importantly, all three of these cards offer good trip delay, interruption, and cancellation protections.

The Amex Green Card earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending but doesn’t offer the same level of protection as the Platinum Card or the Sapphire Reserve, and although the Citi Prestige Card matches the Platinum Card with its earnings of 5 points/dollar on spending made directly with airlines, the fact that it offers no travel protections at all makes it a considerably less appealing option.

Bottom Line

Fare availability, the cabins you can book and the loyalty program earnings on offer will all vary depending on the route you choose to book…but some things are guaranteed.

All the fares offer at least 2 segments in the Qatar Airways Qsuite cabin and all the fares will earn a significant number of redeemable miles and elite status credits in the AAdvantage program.

If you can make the dates work for you there are some pretty good deals here.

Find these fares on QatarAirways.com

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