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Qatar flies to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort-Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Philadelphia, and Washington Dulles.
As a result of political turmoil in the Mideast (Qatar finds itself in a cold war with the UAE and Saudi Arabia), Qatar Airways is unable to serve several destinations in the region. Their planes are less full than they otherwise would be. And as one potential side effect award space is fairly easy to come by.
Qatar’s old 777s don’t have QSuites – the world’s best business class – but offer fully flat 2-2-2 business class (which is still good especially for couples, with great food and service). Availability is especially good on flights that offer one of Qatar’s older products.
What you’ll find right now is outstanding availability for specific months of the year on several routes. For instance availability on the Los Angeles – Doha route is very good over the winter. Here’s a search for four passengers in business class:
Atlanta – Doha award availability is exceptional in the winter and also for June and July. Again this is a search for four passengers in business class.
Perhaps the single best route for Qatar Airways long haul availability is Houston – Doha, which is fairly wide open throughout the schedule. So whether you’re looking for something this fall, winter, or this coming spring and summer. Here again four passengers:
In general American AAdvantage miles are best for redeeming long haul business class travel on Qatar. American charges 70,000 miles each way for business class between the US and the Mideast or Indian Subcontinent.
Citi’s best-ever 70,000 mile American AAdvantage business card bonus offer is still available. The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® has the best offer I’m aware of that they’ve ever made for the card, a 70,000 mile initial bonus after spending $4,000 within the first 4 months of account opening. This card has a $0 annual fee the first year (then $99).