Qatar Launches Business-Class Sale From the US Starting at $1,935
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Tired of all of the cheap economy deal alerts? Qatar Airways hears you. The Middle East-based airline just launched a new “Discover the World” promotion, offering business-class flights from the US to a variety of destinations starting at just $1,935 round-trip. But, you’re going to have to book and fly soon. These fares are only good for departures through June 21.
Want a two-in-one trip? Qatar Airways is giving you the option to add a stopover in Qatar for free. Qatar Airways will provide a complimentary one-night hotel stay at hotels such as The Four Seasons, Marriott Marquis, Radisson Blu and Oryx Rotana. A second hotel night can be purchased for just $50 more. And, you don’t have to worry about visa costs (typically ~US$27) if you apply for a free transit visa (5-96 hours).
Routes: ATL/DFW/JFK/MIA/ORD/PHL to BEY/BKK/BLR/BOM/DEL/EVN/HYD/KTM/SIN
Cost: $1,935+ round-trip in business
Dates: Must depart now through June 21
Booking Period: Book by May 22
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia for standard bookings. Book through Qatar if you want a free stopover.
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are the airfare options under $3,500 r/t:
|From||To||Price||Aircraft US-Doha||Cents per Flight Mile|
|New York (JFK)||Yerevan (EVN)||$1,935||A350||12.4|
|Philadelphia (PHL)||Bangkok (BKK)||$2,530||A350||12.5|
|Chicago (ORD)||Bangkok (BKK)||$2,615||777||12.6|
|Dallas (DFW)||Mumbai (BOM)||$2,725||777||14.6|
|Atlanta (ATL)||Mumbai (BOM)||$2,810||777||15.8|
|Dallas (DFW)||Bengalaru (BLR)||$2,820||777||14.4|
|Miami (MIA)||Mumbai (BOM)||$2,960||777||16.3|
|New York (JFK)||Singapore (SIN)||$3,055||777||14.5|
|Chicago (ORD)||Mumbai (BOM)||$3,075||777||18.0|
|New York (JFK)||Beirut (BEY)||$3,080||A350||19.6|
|Miami (MIA)||Delhi (DEL)||$3,280||777||17.7|
|Philadelphia (PHL)||Kathmandu (KTM)||$3,410||A350||19.2|
|Dallas (DFW)||Hyderabad (HYD)||$3,475||777||17.8|
In order to fly on Qatar’s incredible A350, you’re going to want to fly out of Boston (BOS), New York’s JFK or Philadelphia (PHL). Qatar flights from other US gateways are served by Qatar’s 777, which is arranged 2-2-2 in business class. While you could still expect the service and food/drink to be top-notch on the 777 routes, the A350 hard product certainly trumps the 777.
In addition to being a pretty good deal for Qatar’s amazing business class, these fares are also a great way of racking up some Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) and Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) in American Airlines’ AAdvantage program.
For example, the “headline” fare from New York’s JFK to Yerevan, Armenia covers 15,622 flight miles. Using the Qatar Airways AAdvantage chart, this route will earn you 23,433 EQMs and 3,124 EQDs for the $1,935 all-in cost. As $127 of the price is taxes and fees, you’d only get 1,808 EQDs from a similar purchase on AA flights.
Maximize Your Purchase
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