Incredible Qatar Airways Business Class Fare: JFK – Kyiv From $1,695 Roundtrip (Qsuites)


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As the headline says, there’s an incredible Qatar Airways fare on offer for travel between New York JFK and Kyiv (Kiev) right now and with the flights between New York and Doha offering the famous Qsuites you’re unlikely to find a cheaper way to try out one of the world’s best Business Class products on a route originating in the US.

Headline Fare Rules

  • Outbound permitted Monday through Thursday
  • Inbound permitted Sunday through Wednesday on the first international sector
  • Reservations for all sectors needed at least 3 days before departure
  • Minimum stay 7 days*
  • Travel from the last stopover must commence no more than 4 months after departure from New York
  • 2 Free stopovers allowed
  • Tickets must be issued on/before 31 March 2020

The Routing

This is Qatar Airways we’re talking about so, as always, the flights route through Doha.

This is hardly the most direct way to get to Kyiv from New York but it does happen to be the cheapest Business Class fare on offer between the two cities and it’s also probably going to be the best as well.

Availability

There are a very small number of dates with availability in March and April but things start to pick up in May with September, October, November, and January (2021) offering the widest selection of departure dates.

Click the thumbnails below to view example availability.

Why The Excitement?

Well, there are three pretty good reasons why this is exciting:

Firstly, any sub-$1,700 Business Class fare originating in the US for travel across the Atlantic is a very good deal indeed.

Secondly, this isn’t just any Business Class fare. This is a Business Class fare for travel with one of the world’s best Business Class airlines and for travel (mostly) in that airline’s premier Business Class offering – the Qsuites.

Qatar Airways Qsuites

Thirdly, Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance so anyone looking to boost their chances of status with American Airlines or British Airways will do very well out of the earings that these flights offer (more on this later).

Finding & Buying This Fare

You’ll find this fare quite easily in Google Flights but I don’t recommend that’s how you search as I’ve found it gave me a good number of false positives after I was redirected to the Qatar Airways homepage.

The most reliable way of searching for availability appears to be through the Matrix search tool

Example search parameters

…and the most reliable way of booking this fare is direct through Qatar Airways.

It may be worth noting that some 3rd party websites appear to be offering slightly cheaper fares…

…but, personally speaking, I’d be happy to pay the extra $30 for the little bit of added assurance you get from booking directly with the airline (should things go wrong an airline may direct you to deal with the 3rd party vendor if that’s how you booked your fare and its always better to deal directly with the airline whenever possible).

Two Things To Be Aware Of

Firstly, be aware that the outbound routing appears to require a long (11 hour) layover in Doha. If you’re ok with that you can enjoy the excellent Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge on the mezzanine level of Doha Airport or you may choose to pay a premium to try out the famous Al Safwa First Class lounge instead.

If a long layover in an airport lounge isn’t appealing you may wish to make the most of the free 4* and 5* hotel options that Qatar Airways offers in Doha.

Secondly, Qatar Airways offers two daily flights between Doha and Kyiv with one operated by a widebody 787 Dreamliner (review) and the other operated by a narrowbody A320 (review).

The product and the service on the smaller A320 are very good (as you’ll see if you read the review) but the Business Class offering on the 787 Dreamliner is still noticeably better – that’s the flight/aircraft to book if you possibly can.

Earning AAdvantage Miles & Elite Status Credits

As Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance this fare 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 JFK – Doha – Kyiv roundtrip to be a little over 17,500 miles:

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) – 17,513
  • Elite Qualifying Miles (150% of distance flown) – 26,270
  • Elite Qualifying Dollars (20% of distance flown) – 3,503

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

  • Redeemable Miles (100% of distance flown + 120% bonus) – 38,528
  • Elite Qualifying Miles (150% of distance flown) – 26,270
  • Elite Qualifying Dollars (20% of distance flown) – 3,503

This particular routing would earn all flyers over 26% of the Elite Qualifying Miles needed for top tier status and over 23% of the Elite Qualifying Dollars needed for top-tier status.

This one trip would see an AAdavtage member earn Gold status (oneworld Ruby).

Use The Best Credit Card

The Platinum Card from American Express offers the strongest option here as it combines fantastic earings (5 points/dollar for spending direct with airlines) with good trip delay, interruption, and cancellation protections.

I’d choose the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card as the second-best option because it combines good earnings (3 points/dollar) with the same good trip delay, interruption, and cancellation protections that the Platinum Card offers and the bonus points will be earned even if the spending isn’t made directly with an airline (this is the card to use when booking through 3rd party sites).

The Amex Green Card earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending (like the Sapphire Reserve) 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

If anyone has seen a better Qatar Airways Business Class fare out of the US please let me know in the comments because I can’t recall seeing anything better. If you haven’t tried the Qsuites and you really want to then this is probably the fare for you…as long as you don’t mind visiting Kyiv.

Book this fare on QatarAirways.com

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