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Last month I wrote about awards being wide open for four passengers to fly the best business class in the world, Qatar Airways QSuites, on the Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare – Doha route.
Suites 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
Getting four seats together is now possible on the Los Angeles – Doha route which has just switched to QSuites effective February 2, 2019. It’s operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, and it’s great to see Qatar making progress by adding QSuites onto this plane which operates its longest routes.
There’s always a possibility that QSuite conversions will come onto the route a few days earlier, or that it takes a little bit more time, but as of now this is what the schedule reflects for the LAX flight.
- Doha-Los Angeles, 8:00 a.m. – 1:20 p.m., Qatar Airways QR739
Los Angeles-Doha, 3:05 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.+1, Qatar Airways QR740
Qatar Airways awards are now bookable on the American Airlines website, making AA.com the easiest place to search for availability thanks to their award calendar.
Availability for two passengers on one of the world’s longer flights is quite good:
Availability even exists for 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.
- 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.
If you’re using American miles and traveling beyond Doha, a stopover of more than 24 hours will cost additional miles. However I highly recommend one to two days there, and a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art.
(HT: AZ Travels the World)