Deal alert: Qatar Qsuite availability to Asia (including the Maldives) for 70,000 American miles

Mar 8, 2022

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This deal won’t last. In fact, it’s disappearing as we speak.

 Right now, there is open availability between U.S. cities and Asia on one of the best business class products around — Qatar Airways’ Qsuites. The award space was first reported by Thrifty Traveler.

Qsuites are fully-enclosed lie-flat seats. Depending on which seats you book, you and a travel partner can even turn your adjacent seats into one big double bed. It’s the stuff of dreams.

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You can book these flights via Qatar’s partner, American Airlines, for just 70,000 miles each way. Qsuites only fly to a handful of airports in the U.S. They’re extremely coveted, which is why it’s so rare to see lots of award availability.

Not all Qatar planes offer Qsuites. Cross-reference our guide to Qsuites while searching for your flights on American Airlines.

Deal basics

Airlines: Qatar Airways.

Routes: BOS, DFW, IAD, JFK, LAX, ORD, PHL to BLR, DOH, MLE and others.

How to book: Through the American Airlines website.

Travel dates: Sprinkled throughout the calendar into January 2023.

Sample flights

Qsuite business class seats
Qatar Airways’ Qsuite business class seat. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

No matter what your final destination is, you’ll route through Doha if you’re flying in Qatar Qsuites. It’s therefore easier to find available seats to Doha than to another destination, as you’ll have to locate two segments with Qsuites.

Here’s a flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Doha (DOH) in October.

LAX to DOH award space
(Screenshot courtesy of aa.com)

Other destinations around Asia appear to have fair availability, as well. Here’s a flight from Philadelphia (PHL) to Bengaluru (BLR). Taxes are slightly higher, but still an absolute steal for one of the best business class seats in the sky.

PHL to BLR award space
(Screenshot courtesy of aa.com)

You can also reach the bucket-list destination of the Maldives for this same price. Here’s a flight from Boston (BOS) to Male (MLE) — with the obligatory connection in Doha.

BOS to MLE award space
(Screenshot courtesy of aa.com)

And here’s another from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) to Male.

ORD to MLE award space
(Screenshot courtesy of aa.com)

And another from New York-JFK to Male.

(Screenshot courtesy of aa.com)

Related: Sunny with a few rough spots: Qatar Qsuite on an A350-1000 from Houston to Doha

Maximize your purchase

(Photo by The Points Guy)

Because this is an award flight and you’ll pay only nominal taxes and fees, you won’t earn a lot of rewards for purchasing this ticket. But you should still use one of the best credit cards for travel insurance in case your flight or bags are delayed.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offers trip delay insurance which activates after 12 hours of delays or if an overnight stay is required due to delay. The Chase Sapphire Reserve offers the same trip delay insurance coverages, but it kicks in after just six hours. Both of these cards also offer baggage delay insurance and trip cancellation/interruption insurance.

The Platinum Card® from American Express also offers trip delay reimbursement after six hours and comes with trip cancellation/interruption insurance*. It doesn’t offer baggage delay insurance.

*Eligibility and Benefit level varies by Card. Terms, Conditions and Limitations Apply. Please visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for more details. Underwritten by New Hampshire Insurance Company, an AIG Company. 

Related: Best credit cards that offer trip delay reimbursement

Bottom line

Qsuites are a big item on points and miles collectors’ bucket lists. The fact that you can fly all the way to the Maldives (potentially 17+ hours in the air) for just 70,000 American Airlines miles is one of the best deals in travel. These flights routinely cost $5,000 one-way, giving you a value of more than 7 cents per mile. That’s 4x the average value, per TPG valuations.

Featured photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy.

 

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