In October I wrote about an incredible business class fare on Qatar Airways between Bangkok and Los Angeles. The itinerary routed through Doha, so was an opportunity to fly over 23,000 “butt in seat” miles for under $1,500.
The fare was around for a short while, and I know a lot of people took advantage of it. Well, if you missed out, it looks like the fare is back once again. For ~$1,485 roundtrip you can fly Qatar Airways business class from Bangkok to Los Angeles.
You’re best off using Google Flights to search availability, since not all dates are available. Then it will direct you to either Qatar Airways’ website or to an OTA to book. This time around the fare has a 30 day maximum stay, so you can’t stay in Los Angeles for more than 30 days between the outbound and return.
To recap all the things I also mentioned last time:
How many miles can you earn?
If you credit these flights to American AAdvantage you’d earn 150% elite qualifying miles. The trip is 23,136 “butt-in-seat” miles, so altogether you’d earn:
- 23,136 redeemable miles (if you’re Executive Platinum you earn a 120% bonus, meaning you’d earn 50,899 miles)
- 34,704 elite qualifying miles
- $4,627 elite qualifying dollars (elite qualifying dollars for this fare are calculated as 20% of the distance flown)
Who is this fare useful for?
Obviously this is a great fare for any oneworld flyer based in Asia who would like to visit the US. Getting this cheap of a fare in paid business class is almost unheard of, and you’d be earning a lot of miles through American AAdvantage for this fare.
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 Asia. Book an award ticket to get to Asia, 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.
Qatar’s 777 business class
Qatar Airways’ flight between Doha and Los Angeles is operated by their 777, featuring fully flat forward facing business class seats. This product isn’t as good as what they offer on the A350, A380, and 787, but it’s still fairly solid. As far as their soft product goes, I think Qatar Airways has the best in the sky.
Then between Bangkok and Doha you should be able to snag a seat on an A380, which features the better product.
This is an incredible business class fare, and for AAdvantage members is a great way to get a head start on 2017 elite qualification. As an Executive Platinum member you can pick up 50,000+ redeemable miles, 35,000+ elite qualifying miles, and nearly $5,000 “elite qualifying dollars.”
Anyone taking advantage of this incredible business class fare?
(Tip of the hat to zoqfotpik)