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Deal alert: Fly the best business-class products with widespread award availability for 4+ passengers

March 15, 2021
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If you’ve been itching to experience Qatar's Qsuite or Cathay Pacific business class yourself, listen up.

Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific are currently offering fantastic business class award availability out of their U.S. gateways for travel in late 2021 or early 2022. Specifically, as reported by Live and Lets Fly, there's availability for four or more passengers on many flights, meaning you might be able to book an entire "quad" on a Qsuite-equipped aircraft.

Qatar's Qsuite business class on the 777. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

You can depart from a number of major U.S. cities, such as Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York-JFK, San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA), and fly nonstop to either Doha (DOH) or Hong Kong (HKG). That said, many dates have continuing award space to other cities in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and beyond. For example, we’re seeing lots of continuing award space to cities like Singapore (SIN) and Johannesburg (JNB)

Let's take a closer look at what's available and the best ways to book one of these flights. Qatar and Cathay Pacific business class are both often regarded as some of the best business class products in the sky.

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The deal

Airlines: Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific
Routes: ATL/BOS/ORD/DFW/IAH/LAX/MIA/JFK/PHL/SFO/SEA/IAD to DOH/HKG and beyond
Cost: 70,000 AAdvantage miles + $5.60 taxes and fees one-way
Dates: October 2021 through the end of the booking window
Pay taxes/fees with: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline; on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel) for travel protections on the award flight.

Cathay Pacific A350-900 business class. (Photo by Wallace Cotton/The Points Guy)

Sample itineraries

Below are a few examples of what you can book. We recommend using AA’s calendar function or a different Oneworld search tool and filtering your search to only show Business/First class to find the best availability.

New York-JFK to Doha (DOH) for 70,000 AA miles + $7.65 one-way nonstop (4+ seats available):

(Photo courtesy of American Airlines)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Doha (DOH) for 70,000 AA miles + $7.65 one-way nonstop (4+ seats available):

(Photo courtesy of American Airlines)

New York-JFK to Hong Kong (HKG) for 70,000 AA miles + $5.60 one-way nonstop (4+ seats available):

(Photo courtesy of American Airlines)

San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for 70,000 AA miles + $5.60 one-way nonstop (4+ seats available):

(Photo courtesy of American Airlines)

Seattle (SEA) to Doha (DOH) for 70,000 AA miles + $7.65 one-way nonstop (4+ seats available):

Related: Qatar Airways’ new Seattle flight takes off, solidifies partnership with Alaska Airlines

(Photo courtesy of American Airlines)

How to book

One of the cheapest ways to book Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific awards is with American Airlines AAdvantage miles. You can book any of the flights above for just 70,000 AAdvantage miles one-way and minimal taxes and fees.

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(Photo courtesy of American Airlines)

You can tag on a connecting flight within the U.S. and within the Middle East or South East Asia for no extra charge. If you want to connect to Africa, you’ll pay just 5,000 more miles.

(Photo courtesy of American Airlines)

The only downside to booking with AAdvantage is that American doesn’t have any credit card transfer partners. You can, however, boost your AAdvantage balance by picking up an American cobranded credit card:

The information for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Maximizing redemptions with American Airlines AAdvantage

Booking your award with credit card points

Fortunately, there are still ways you could book these award tickets with transferrable points. If you have American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One or Citi ThankYou points, your best bet is to transfer points to Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles loyalty program.

The airline uses a distance-based award chart, and flights from the U.S. to Doha and Hong Kong cost between 70,000 and 90,000 miles depending on where you depart. While the taxes and fees for Cathay Pacific-operated flights are under $100, unfortunately, Asia Miles passes on fuel surcharges of $650 or more for Qatar Airways awards.

(Photo courtesy of Asia Miles)

If you'd like to burn your Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you can transfer them to British Airways Avios. Just note that this won't be the cheapest option due to BA’s new partner award chart and attached fuel surcharges. For instance, a flight from Chicago to Doha costs 154,500 Avios and $674 in business class.

(Photo courtesy of British Airways)

The same award chart applies to Cathay Pacific flights, but fortunately, the taxes and fees are much lower on those tickets.

(Photo courtesy of British Airways)

BA’s website doesn’t always show all available partner awards, so we recommend cross-checking your search on AA.com. If you find a flight that’s not listed on BA’s website, you can call the BA Executive Club to book your award ticket.

Related: The ultimate guide to airline stopover programs

Maximize your purchase

When paying the taxes and fees on your award ticket, be sure to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases and offers travel protection in case anything goes wrong. Cards that fit the bill include The Platinum Card® from American Express, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

Related: The best credit cards for paying taxes and fees on award tickets

 

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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023