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The Qatar Airways Qsuites are one of the very best Business Class products in the world and here in the US we’re lucky to have the product on offer out of multiple cities around the country.
Sadly, it’s usually pretty expensive to book Qatar Airways Business Class out of the US so when the cabin is bookable at a notable discount it’s definitely newsworthy. Right now is one of those times.
Qatar Airways is currently offering a very good Business Class fare for travel between Chicago (ORD) and Bangkok and if you plan your route carefully it’s possible to book the Qatar Airways Qsuites for all 4 sectors of your journey.
Headline Fare Rules
- Outbound flights permitted Monday – Thursday
- Inbound flights permitted Sunday – Wednesday
- Reservations for all sectors needed a minimum of 14 days before departure
- Minimum stay is 7 days*
- Maximum stay is 4 months
- 2 free stopovers permitted
*While the fare rules state that a 7-day trip is required, I’ve seen similar fares for shorter durations.
I’ve used a 7-day trip on Google Flights to highlight when this fare is available and, as you should be able to see from the screenshots below, it’s not hard to find.
Availability is limited during the first 3 months of 2020 but from April onwards it’s readily available (click on the images to enlarge the dates).
Qatar Airways offers a single daily flight between Chicago and Doha and this is always operated by an aircraft offering the Qsuite Business Class cabin (as the following screenshot from ExpertFlyer shows).
Between Doha and Bangkok things are a little trickier because Qatar Airways offers up to 7 daily flights between the two cities and only two of these offer the Qsuites Business Class cabin (at the time of writing).
On the outbound flight, you’ll find that the fares you find will almost always default to offering you QR830 on the Doha to Bangkok sector and, as that flight is operated by a Qsuite equipped 777, this is good news.
On the return journey, you should aim to try to book either QR837 or QR831 as these are the Qsuite flights but you may have to settle for a longer layover in Doha if you’re to book one of these flights for your journey back to Chicago.
Pricing & Booking
Google Flights will offer you the lowest fare available which, at the time of writing, is $2,774 roundtrip…
…but in a number of cases you may have to settle for paying a little more if you want to (a) avoid longer layovers and (b) ensure that you book the Qsuites Business Class cabin for all 4 sectors.
Here’s an itinerary priced up on QatarAirways.com showing the cost of a roundtrip fare for travel in Qsuites Business Class for the entire journey (click to enlarge):
- QatarAirways.com displays more flight options than Google Flights (I have no idea why)
- Make sure you book this fare with a credit card that offers bonus points for airfare/travel spending.
Good Credit Cards To Use For This Booking
My personal favorites:
- The Platinum Card from American Express – 5 points/dollar
- The Business Platinum Card from American Express – 5 points/dollar
- The Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card – 3 points/dollar
Other cards to use:
- The Citi Prestige Card – 5 points/dollar
- The Citi Premier Card – 3 points/dollar
- The Platinum Card only offers bonus points if you book directly with the airline
- The Business Platinum Card only offers bonus points if you book through Amex Travel
- The Chase Sapphire Reserve may only offer 3 points/dollar but it also offers trip delay, interruption and cancellation cover and you can use it to book the fare through just about any travel provider (the booking doesn’t have to be direct with an airline).
- The Citi Prestige card only offers bonus points if you book directly with the airline
- The Citi Premier card offers 3 points/dollar and you can use it to book the fare through just about any travel provider (the booking doesn’t have to be direct with an airline) but, unlike the Chase Sapphire Reserve, it does not offer trip delay, trip interruption or trip cancellation cover.
Routing via Doha may not be the quickest way to get to Bangkok from Chicago (going across the Pacific can save a few hours) but it guarantees you the great onboard service that Qatar Airways seems to be able to offer time and time again and, if you choose your flights carefully, it allows you to fly in one of the best Business Class cabins around.
£2,774 may not be a steal but it’s a very good deal compared to what these Business Class flights normally cost.