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Watch us fly Qatar Airways 2 different ways: Qsuite business class versus economy

Nov. 06, 2021
3 min read
Watch us fly Qatar Airways 2 different ways: Qsuite business class versus economy
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Qatar Airways is one of the world’s most reputable airlines, flying to more than 150 international destinations from its base at Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha. Not only that, it’s part of the Oneworld Alliance, making it a brilliant option for travelers wanting to use their Avios.

Qatar’s ‘Qsuite’ product is widely regarded as the best business-class product in the sky due to its fully closed cabin, enormous seat and incredible food and drink options. Qsuite appears on four different Qatar Airways aircraft types: select Boeing 777-200LRs, 777-300ERs, Airbus A350-900s and all of Qatar Airways’ A350-1000s.

While we have already filmed and released a three-cabin review on the Qatar A380 including Qatar's elusive first-class cabin, we were yet to shoot inside a Qsuite and Liam and I jumped at the opportunity to capture this special product on video.

For our recent flight on Qatar’s 777-300ER, I had an economy seat while Liam flew in the coveted Qsuite.

By being creative with our exact routing we managed to save over 50% on Liam’s business-class tickets. There was no Avios availability on our selected dates and one-way QSuite prices started at a hefty £2,275, however, there are many short connecting flights around the Gulf and we had already planned to be in nearby countries before Qatar anyway.

We searched various departure points to see if this dropped the price, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi. To our joy, flying out of the latter (with an overnight stop in Doha) lowered the price by a whopping 52% to just £1,091.

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Watch the full video of our experience here:

https://youtu.be/PhBe5eccE5Q

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Qsuite (business class) — Liam Spencer

We paid: £1,091

Liam thought the Qsuite was the best business-class product he'd ever experienced. He found the seat itself to be incredibly comfy with a ton of privacy thanks to the fully closing sliding door. According to Liam, the food was also not only absolutely delicious but on par with a "fancy London restaurant." The sleeping experience was perfect. Once he was tucked in he felt like he was in a bedroom in the sky.

There were some downsides. It took the cabin crew over 10 minutes to come to his seat after he pressed the call bell.

Economy — Nicky Kelvin

We paid: £228

I loved the incredibly comfortable and spacious seat and it was a bonus that the cabin was so empty, allowing me to make a “poor-man’s business class” spreading out across multiple seats. The food was tasty and substantial and the crew were very attentive with fast and friendly service.

There was very little I could fault except that the dessert after the main meal service wasn’t great, perhaps a little “dusty."

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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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
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  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    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

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  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

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