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I’ve written many times about Qatar Airways’ exceptional premium cabin fares, which are a great way to earn oneworld miles while flying one of the world’s best business class products. However, the catch is that usually these excellent fares don’t originate in the U.S. — instead they’re typically valid for travel from international destinations to the U.S.
Well, Qatar Airways has just announced their latest global fare sale, called the Qatar Airways Travel Festival, and we’re seeing some great fares globally, including for travel originating in the United States.
The basic terms of this fare sale are as follows:
- Valid for bookings through January 16, 2017
- Valid for travel between January 11 and December 15, 2017
- There are further blackout dates and some minimum stay requirements, but they vary be region
- Fares are often cheaper when traveling in pairs
- In theory there’s a further 15% discount if using promotion code VISA, though in practice it doesn’t seem to work on most premium fares; it’s something that’s worth trying, though
So, how good are the fares? For travel originating in the U.S., the best deals I see are from New York and Los Angeles to Singapore.
You can fly between New York and Singapore (via Doha) for ~$2,050. If you travel as a pair, the fare is even $100 cheaper per person, and a total of ~$3,900 for both passengers.
For the fare between New York and Singapore, you could fly Qatar Airways’ excellent A350 the entire way, featuring what I consider to be the best business class product out there.
We actually saw a similar fare last November, though it was a bit more expensive, and also required traveling as a pair in order to get that price.
If crediting these flights to American you’d earn:
- 150% elite qualifying miles
- 100% redeemable miles for segments in the “R” fare class
- A 120% mileage bonus if you’re an Executive Platinum member
- 20% elite qualifying dollars (elite qualifying dollars for this fare are calculated as 20% of the distance flown)
This ticket covers a distance of ~21,122 miles, meaning you’d earn 31,683 elite qualifying miles, 4,224 elite qualifying dollars (more than double the usual elite qualifying dollars you’d earn for a ticket of that amount), and as an Executive Platinum member you’d earn 46,468 redeemable miles.
But it gets even better than that out of Los Angeles. You can book two people from Los Angeles to Singapore via Doha for ~$1,900 each.
That would earn you 36,488 elite qualifying miles, 4,865 elite qualifying dollars, and 53,515 redeemable miles.
There are some other fantastic fares for travel originating outside the U.S. as well. I’ll just highlight a couple of them.
For ~$1,000 roundtrip you can fly Cairo to Philadelphia in business class:
Or for ~$2,000 roundtrip you can fly business class from Oslo to Auckland, with the Doha to Auckland flight being the world’s longest flight:
These are some great deals, so be sure to check out the Qatar Airways Travel Festival page.
Qatar Airways always has great business class fares, though at the moment we’re seeing some especially good fares, including out of the United States. Under $2,000 roundtrip from New York to Singapore is tough to beat, as are some of the other fares.
If you do book one of these fares, be sure you maximize your points on the purchase. You can pay with The Platinum Card® from American Express to earn 5x points on airfare, or pay with a card like the Citi Prestige® Card to earn 3x points and get great travel protection.
Anyone considering one of these great Qatar Airways business class fares?