Qatar has one of the best business class product in the world in its ‘QSuites’. These are revolutionary suites with doors and movable partitions that allow two and even four passengers to travel together in their own space.
Right now there’s fantastic award availability booking for 2023. You can use this for travel from the U.S. to Doha and beyond to the Mideast, India, the Maldives and elsewhere. You’ll find business class space on the long haul flights for at least two and sometimes four passengers, with best availability out of Houston and Washington Dulles but some availability from all U.S. gateways. Connecting availability to many Qatar departure gateways is surprisingly good.
Houston – Doha business class award space for two passengers:
Washington Dulles – Doha award space is fantastic:
Space from Boston:
And from Chicago O’Hare:
There’s business class award space for two passengers from Atlanta to Doha:
There isn’t nearly as much non-stop award space from the West Coast, but you’ll still find West Coast departures using American Airlines or Alaska Airlines flights for connections. Searching aa.com for award space from San Francisco to Doha in business class allowing for one connection shows plenty of availability.
- American AAdvantage charges 70,000 miles each way per person in business class, and that includes a connecting flight in the U.S. and the connection beyond Doha to anywhere in the Mideast or ‘Indian Subcontinent’
- Qatar Airways charges 70,000 miles one-way in business class between New York JFK and Doha; 85,000 from New York JFK to Male, Maldives in business class.
- British Airways Executive Club has reduced its pricing on Qatar redemptions now that Qatar Airways uses Avios as its loyalty currency
If you’re using AAdvantage miles, bear in mind that American is offering its own planned New York JFK – Doha flightbut I do not consider the downgrade to fly American Airlines business class versus Qatar’s to be worth any any web saver mileage savings. Watch the operating carrier on New York JFK departures or connections!
Generally Qatar availability goes in waves, it comes and goes, and is usually best towards the end of the booking window. Four seats are special to be seated in a section of four, take down dividers.
Credit: Qatar Airways
Credit: Qatar Airways
This is a fantastic chance to redeem miles for one of the world’s best business classes. You may want to visit Doha, I recommend a couple of days and definitely seeing the Museum of Islamic Art. However it’s also a great connecting point for India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and elsewhere.
British Airways (Chase, American Express transfer partner) can book Qatar Airways seats with fuel surcharges. Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles (American Express, Citi transfer partner) can as well. Alaska shows both saver availability at reasonable prices, and availability when no saver is open at exorbitant prices.