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Qatar Airways is currently offering a fantastic fare for travel between Sofia (Bulgaria) and Singapore. For less than $1,500 you can book a roundtrip Business Class fare which will see you travel on the Qatar Airways A350-1000 aircraft complete with the famous Qsuites on two out of the 4 segments of your itinerary.
Headline Fare Rules
- Reservations & ticketing required at least 60 days before departure
- Minimum stay – 4 nights
- Maximum stay – 1 month
- Unlimited free stopovers (not exceeding 96 hours) in Doha
Routing & Flights
Unsurprisingly this fare will take you through Qatar Airways’ home in Doha.
There isn’t really any choice when it comes to what aircraft you get to fly as Qatar Airways offers its A320 family of aircraft between Sofia and Doha and then its new Airbus A350-1000 between Doha and Singapore.
Qatar Airways A320/A321 aircraft can either offer old fashioned recliner seats or much more modern lie-flat seats….and I’m reasonably sure that it’s the latter that is on offer on this route.
There’s absolutely no question when it comes to the seats on offer between Doha and Singapore because the Qatar Airways A350-1000s only come with one type of Business Class cabin – the Qsuites!
Both of Qatar Airways’ daily flights between Doha and Singapore are operated by Airbus A350-1000s so, unless the schedules changed, you’re guaranteed to be flying in one of the world’s best Business Class cabins.
The very best price isn’t available right away so August’s cheapest deal comes in at around $1,636 (for roundtrip Business Class). The fare you’re probably more interested in first appears in September.
Searching & Booking
All the images you see above come from a search I performed using ITA Matrix and here’s an example of the search parameters I used:
The ‘maxdur’ commands are in place to ensure the total flight times don’t exceed 18 hours in either direction so you shouldn’t use these if you’re happy to have a long layover at Doha Airport or if you want to break your journey in Doha.
Once you’ve found dates which work for you the fares are incredibly easy to find on QatarAirways.com.
Where To Credit The Flights
Most of you probably know this already but I’ll repeat it briefly for anyone new to this hobby – Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance so these fares can be credited to
any oneworld loyalty program.
Most readers will probably be crediting these flights to the British Airways Executive Club where you’ll earn 560 Tier points from just one trip (that’s over 90% of the Tier Points needed for Silver Status) or to the American Airlines AAdvantage program where you’ll earn Elite Qualifying Miles & Dollars, as well as Redeemable Miles based on the distance, traveled.
Some readers may be concerned that Sofia is a little too close to Doha to earn the full 140 Tier Points that most long-haul segments earn in the British Airways Executive Club…but here’s the proof from the BA Avios Calculator:
Readers crediting these flights to American’s AAdvantage program can expect to earn approximately 17,570 Elite Qualifying Miles and approximately 2,343 Elite Qualifying Dollars. The number of redeemable miles earned will vary depending on the elite status held.
If you’re not sure where to credit your flights you should probably check out the wheretocredit website which will give you all the information you need.
Don’t be put off by the fact that two of the four segments here will be flown in a narrowbody aircraft (the A320) rather than a widebody. I’ve flown in the Qatar Airways A320 (from Pisa to Doha and back again) and it was a perfectly good experience.
Overall, this is a sub-$1,500 roundtrip Business Class fare that will get you two long-haul segments in the Qatar Airways Qsuites and which will earn you a lot of Tier Points/Elite Qualifying Miles…and that’s a pretty great deal.
Find this fare on QatarAirways.com