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Qatar Airways has launched a new Business Class sale for departures worldwide but, as usual, the best deals are to be found for travel from select European cities to destinations in Africa, Oceania and Asia. With long-haul roundtrip Business Class fares starting as low as $1,150 this is a sale worthy of some attention.
Ok, let’s get the obvious issue out of the way before I go any further. Yes, a large number of these fares are to destinations in Asia where, let’s face it, not many people want to travel to right now…and who can blame them?
However, a lot of the fares on offer are for travel through the end of the year and I’d be surprised (and more than a little panicked) if we haven’t got the coronavirus under control well before then.
I’m not suggesting that anyone should take any risks and I’m certainly not offering a medical opinion but, while I wouldn’t fly to Asia right now or in the next few months, I’m pretty sure I’ll be happy traveling there from September/October onwards. You may disagree.
- Sales period: 27 February 2020 – 4 March 2020.
- Travel period: 27 February 2020 – 10 December 2020.*
- Blackout Period: Additional blackout dates apply, please review at the time of booking.
- Stopover in Doha is allowed per Qatar Airways’ stopover policy.
- Standard child/infant discount applies.
- Standard minimum 3 day and maximum 2 month stays apply. Please refer to the fare rules at the time of booking.
*I have seen good fare deals on offer past 10 December (into January 2021)
You may see fares advertised (or mentioned elsewhere) that appear to be cheaper then the fares I’ve given as examples below…but there’s a reason for this.
Qatar Airways has started advertising mixed cabin fares (one segment in Economy and the other in Business Class) alongside its all-Business-Class fares so the cheaper fares you may see will almost certainly be for the mixed-cabin flights – avoid these if possible!
The example fares I’ve listed out below are for roundtrip all-Business-Class bookings.
Example Qatar Airways Business Class Fares
From Helsinki (Link)
- Adelaide – $2,890
- Bangkok– $1,605
- Beijing – $1,700
- Doha – $1,150
- Ho Chi Minh City – $1,814
- Melbourne – $2,656
- New Delhi – $1,489
- Shanghai – $1,594
- Sydney – $2,764
From Milan (Link)
- Cape Town – $1,799
- Johannesburg – $1,743
- Male (Maldives) – $1,877
- New Delhi – $1,388
- Zanzibar City – $1,873
From Oslo (Link)
- Auckland – $2,775
- Bangkok– $1,566
- Beijing – $1,532
- Cape Town – $1,651
- Doha – $1,792
- Ho Chi Minh City – $1,640
- Hong Kong – $1,535
- Jakarta – $1,883
- Penang – $1,884
- Perth – $2,764
- Shanghai – $1,535
- Singapore – $1,561
- Sydney – $2,714
- Male (Maldives) – $1,913
- Mombassa – $1,692
- Nairobi – $1,769
- New Delhi – $1,563
- Windhoek – $1,677
- Zanzibar City – $1,887
- Adelaide – $2,821
- Auckland – $2,801
- Bangkok– $1,605
- Beijing – $1,690
- Cape Town – $1,832
- Goa – $1,694
- Ho Chi Minh City – $1,547
- Hong Kong – $1,693
- Johannesburg – $1,774
- Melbourne – $2,790
- Penang – $1,788
- Perth – $2,840
- Phuket – $1,780
- Shanghai – $1,605
- Singapore – $1,685
- Sydney – $2,816
Earning Airline Miles & Elite Status Credits
Most of these fares will earn flyers at least 560 Tier Points when credited to the British Airways Executive Club (you can check exactly how many Tier Points and Avios you’ll earn via the Avios Calculator) while flyers crediting these fares to the AAdvantage program will earn a considerable number of American Airlines Elite Qualifying Miles, Redeemable Miles and Elite Qualifying dollars because the earnings are based on the distance traveled and not the fare paid.
All in all, these fares can offer a comfortable and economical short-cut to elite status in a variety of oneworld loyalty programs.
If You Have US-Issued Credit Cards…
Make sure you get an even better deal out of whatever trips 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 (just in case!)
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.
There are some very good Business Class fares on offer in this sale and the fact that they’re for travel on an airline that offers one of the best Business Class experiences around is a great bonus.
A good number of the routes I’ve highlighted will offer the famous Qatar Airways Qsuites cabins so, as long as you’re careful with your flight selections, it may be possible to book the Qsuites at an incredibly good price (take a look at fares to Singapore for some of the best Qsuite deals).
Let me know if you spot any other great deals you think I should highlight and let me know how you feel about booking some of these fares in the wake of the current coronavirus outbreak.