Via God Save the Points Qatar Airways is running a flash sale through January 16 with some amazing pricing. Note he says you’ll save an additional 15% when paying by Visa and using promo code VISA.
Travel is allowed most any time that discount seats are available, and through end of schedule. He notes:
$475 ECONOMY Class Atlanta To Kuala Lumpur
$500 ECONOMY Class Los Angeles To Jakarta (Close to Bali).
$625 ECONOMY Class New York To Dubai.
$2000 BUSINESS Class Los Angeles To Singapore.
Atlanta – Kuala Lumpur for $475 roundtrip is a great fare, but it’s a long way in coach, what I’m interested in is Los Angeles to Singapore for $2000 roundtrip in business class which turns out to even be a really nice American Airlines mileage run as I’ll show you in a moment.
Let’s take a Los Angeles – Singapore business class itinerary example.
NOTE that two passengers drops the average price per passenger by $100 down to ~ $1900 apiece. Similar $2000 pricing is available for New York – Singapore roundtrip. (HT: One Mile at a Time)
The fare has a $400 change fee prior to departure of first flight:
Los Angeles – Singapore via Doha is 24,325 flown miles roundtrip.
Let’s take a look at how that earns crediting to Qatar Airways oneworld partner frequent flyer program American AAdvantage.
- Redeemable miles: 24,325 plus elite status bonus (so an Executive Platinum member would earn 53,515 miles).
- Elite qualifying miles: 36,488
- Elite qualifying dollars: $4865
You’ll earn just over 2.5 times the American AAdvantage elite qualifying dollars flying a discount business itinerary like this on Qatar than you would spending the same amount on a ticket from American Airlines, since this is an $1173 base fare plus $730 in fuel surcharges:
Now, Los Angeles – Doha is operated by a Boeing 777-200LR. The 777 has Qatar’s oldest business class product — still a great soft product, and fully flat seats, but if you want direct aisle access without someone potentially having to climb over you take a middle seat.
The 777, of course, lacks the inflight bar of the Airbus A380 as well.
The New York – Singapore late flight is operated by Qatar’s newest business class product on an Airbus A350, which is one of the best business classes in the world. So for New York itineraries, watch your aircraft to avoid the Boeing 777.