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Qatar has the best business class product in the world in its new ‘QSuites’. To be sure even their older Airbus A350 business class is very good, a B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seat and a phenomenal soft product. But QSuites are revolutionary suites with doors and moveable partitions that allow two and even four passengers to travel together in their own space.
Credit: Qatar Airways
In the past it’s been possible but not easy to get (4) business class award seats on a single flight with QSuites. That’s special because it means you can be seated together in a section of four, take down dividers.
Credit: Qatar Airways
Back in August I wrote about great business class award space on several non-QSuites routes. Right now there’s amazing availability on routes with QSuites too starting in early 2019 and running through end of schedule.
Always check your seat back. Boeing 777-300ERs (“77W” aircraft type) will have 11 rows of business class if it’s QSuites. They’ll also have seats appear clustered together in the middle section.
The plane is operating Washington Dulles – Doha and award availability is great February onward, except for June. Here’s business class availability for four passengers in March:
QSuites aircraft are also operating Chicago O’Hare – Doha and award availability is great February onward, with March and April best if you want four awards versus just two. Here’s business class availability for four passengers in March:
Boston – Doha doesn’t feature QSuites, however it does get Qatar’s Airbus A350-900 with excellent B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seats. And of course Qatar’s soft product. Here’s business class availability for four passengers in March:
This is a fantastic chance to redeem miles for the world’s best business class. 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.
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.
- American also lets you connect in Doha to Africa on Qatar on a single award redemption
- Connections between Asia and Africa, between Europe and Asia, and between Europe and South Pacific are permitted on Qatar with a single award redemption. These are additional exceptions to American’s usual rule that you cannot fly between two regions via a third region.
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).
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.
(HT: Robert J.)