Good Qatar Airways Business Class Fares From The US To Asia (Including Qsuites!)

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Qatar Airways is known for their excellent business class fares, which can be a great way to accrue miles with any of their oneworld partner airlines while flying what I consider to be the world’s best business class.

At the moment Qatar Airways has some good business class fares valid for travel from the US to Asia. I’d say these fares are “good” and not “great,” because sometimes Qatar Airways has business class fares that are truly insanely low. For example, early last year they published sub-$1,800 business class fares from Los Angeles to Singapore. So this isn’t that good, but it’s still very good.

For example, you can fly from New York to Bangkok (including on a Qsuites configured aircraft) for ~$3,180 roundtrip:

Or from Chicago to Bangkok for about the same fare:

Or from Los Angeles to Bangkok for about the same fare:

To pull up these fares I recommend using ITA Matrix or Google Flights. These fares are bookable through February 24, there’s a one-week minimum stay requirement, travel is required on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and availability is wide open over the coming months.

But it gets better than that. Qatar Airways participates in the Amex International Airline Program, which is available to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.


By booking by phone with Amex you can save on virtually any Qatar Airways business class fare for travel originating in the US. So I phoned up American Express, and the fare for the above flights dropped from ~$3,200 to ~$2,850 roundtrip, so that’s a further savings of ~$350. If you pay with The Platinum Card® from American Express you’ll earn 5x points on the airfare purchase. Personally I value those points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me that’s like an ~8.5% return on spend, and lowers the real cost of the ticket by another ~$250, to around ~$2,500.

If crediting these flights to American AAdvantage you’d earn 150% elite qualifying miles, 100% redeemable miles, and 20% elite qualifying dollars. For example, a Los Angeles to Bangkok roundtrip ticket would earn:

  • 34,773 elite qualifying miles
  • 23,182 redeemable miles (you get a 120% bonus on top of that if you’re an Executive Platinum member)
  • 4,636 elite qualifying dollars

Like I said, this isn’t the world’s best business class fare, but it is a solid fare if you’re considering flying to Asia, given what a great business class Qatar Airways has, how many miles you can earn, and that you can even fly Qsuites on this fare, if you’d like.

(Tip of the hat to ChubbyPanda123 on FlyerTalk)

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Comments

  1. I want to try out the Qsuites but didn’t want to fly out of New York though. I hope they will have Qsuites on other flights soon!

  2. This is a decent biz class fare. Not low enough for me to justify a mileage run, but for a normal vacation — its great. If, its <2000 dollars then it would be mileage run worthy — but then again, that fare would be gone in a couple of hours.

  3. Wait a minute…you got me on BKK now and just for fun I priced one out on Delta through ICN and it looks like the flights operated by Korean now earn full MQMs? I priced in for business and it comes back earning 24,796 MQMs…….. Is that new or did I just miss the announcement?

  4. @ Garrett — Hmmmm, I believe if it’s a Delta codeshare then it has earned MQMs all along. However, Korean Air marketed flights don’t earn any MQMs.

  5. @ Lucky – Thanks for the update. I am flying DPS to ORD in August. Do you happen to know how the Qatar Airways Business Class that is currently being used compares to China Eastern’s business class?

  6. @Lucky REEEEALLLLYYYY????? Now, I could be wrong (I have a tendency to be wrong), but I sweeeeeear all the time before that I priced tickets on Delta.com that were operated by Korean, the little bar on the booking screen where it tells you how many miles/mqms/mqds you’ll earn it always said 0.

    Either way I’ll take it.

  7. Booked!!! JFK to BKK RT for $2600. Cancelled SQ F and CX F mileage tickets that I had booked instead, saved a ton of miles! First time in Q Suites. Can’t wait! Thanks!!!

  8. the award availability for March with Qatar to south Africa (JNB or CPT) from the US is virtually inexistent. I have been monitoring with award search for over a month now and not a single business award space has become available from either MIA or NYC. Does anyone know if Qatar releases spots closer to the date or is that unlikely?

  9. I am based in Bangkok – these are very good fares, as I rarely see anything below $3,000 when searching for fares for friends or my parents who want to visit. When I go home to the States, I typically position out of CMB, where currently there are sub-$1,500 r/t fares to PHL on Qatar; sub-$2,000 to JFK; sub-$2,700 to IAD. Not sure if those work from the US to CMB, but if you are looking to get to SEAsia, check out flying into CMB first (as many of you probably already know!).

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