Qatar Airways consistently has great business class fares, especially for travel to the US (unfortunately the same can’t be said for tickets originating in the US). For example, just a few weeks ago I wrote about Qatar Airways’ cheap business class fares between Bangkok and Los Angeles, which cost under $1,500 roundtrip.
Cheap business class fares on Qatar Airways are a great way to rack up American AAdvantage miles, and even a great way to get accelerated earning towards American’s elite qualifying dollar requirement, which kicks in starting next year.
Well, perhaps the market with the most consistently excellent Qatar Airways fares is Cairo, and Qatar Airways is back with some of the best fares I’ve ever seen out of the market. The fares are valid for travel through next year, with a three day minimum stay requirement, and a two month maximum stay requirement. As usual, you’ll want to search these fares on ITA Matrix and Google Flights, and then go to Qatar Airways’ website to book.
Specifically, we’re seeing fares of ~$1,300-1,600 roundtrip for business class travel between Cairo and all of Qatar Airways’ US cities.
Just to give a few examples, you can fly roundtrip business class from Cairo to Washington for ~$1,285:
You can fly roundtrip business class from Cairo to New York for ~$1,315 (which is especially awesome, since some Doha to New York frequencies are operated by the A350, featuring Qatar’s best business class product):
Flights to Los Angeles can be had for a bit more, for a total of ~$1,635 roundtrip:
Keep in mind that if crediting these flights to American you’d earn:
- 150% elite qualifying miles for segments in first or business class
- 100% redeemable miles for segments in the “R” fare class, and 150% redeemable miles for segments in the “A” fare class
- A 120% mileage bonus if you’re an Executive Platinum member
- 20% elite qualifying dollars (for travel in 2017 — elite qualifying dollars for this fare are calculated as 20% of the distance flown)
To crunch the numbers on the mileage earning, let’s take the above routing between Cairo and New York, for ~$1,314 roundtrip. You’d earn:
- 31,938 elite qualifying miles
- ~17,000 redeemable miles
- ~38,000 redeemable miles as an Executive Platinum member
While everyone has different comfort levels with travel, personally I felt very safe traveling to Egypt, and thought it was fascinating to visit the Pyramids (Le Meridien Cairo Airport is also awesome).
Obviously this is a great fare for any oneworld flyer based in the region who would like to visit the US. But this fare can even be useful for North America based flyers, at least for the crazy among us. Say you’re planning a vacation to the region. Book an award ticket to get to the Middle East, then use this fare to get back to the US, and then you can use the return of this trip to start your next trip.
This certainly isn’t for everyone, especially not for those looking for a simple trip from the US to elsewhere. However, I know there are also a lot of crazies among us (myself included) who love these kinds of cheap Qatar Airways business class fares. Paying under 10 cents per flown mile in Qatar Airways business class represents an incredible value.
Hopefully some of you can take advantage of these great fares… I know I’m considering booking one of these tickets.
(Tip of the hat to zoqfotpik)