Unreal business class deals with Qatar Airways + complimentary first class ticket

Qatar Business Class (courtesy of ausbt.com.au)

Fancy flying from Asia to Boston for just USD 1,100 return on Qatar Airways Business Class? Look, I’m not talking about some inferior/mediocre business class product but a 5-star airline; Qatar’s business class is ranked World’s best in 2016 World Airline Awards, beating other renowned carriers like Singapore Airlines and Emirates.

I have never paid for any business class flight ever, as all my previous trips were acquired through points. But this deal is seriously tempting in many ways. Qatar is running their Travel Festival Sale Campaign, which looks like a sizeable global sale with many city pairs on offer. In addition Qatar Privilege Club (their frequent flyer program) is offering a triple Qmiles bonus to sweeten the deal.

What you should know about the Travel Festival deal:

  • Book by 5 September
  • For travel up till 30 June 2017
  • Available through Qatar Airways website
  • Kids fly for free for flights originating from most Asian counties – only for economy class though
  • The best business class deals originate from Sri Lanka
  • Register for triple Qmiles bonus by October 2016


Why Sri Lanka?

Return airfares are known to be priced differently based on the point of origin. This discrepancy in pricing is most likely determined by factors such as demand, proportion of business/leisure travelers, GDP of the country, etc. Hence, a return ticket from a developing country to the US is more likely to be cheaper than the other way round. Many travel hackers have historically noticed very good business class deals for flights originating from Asia, particularly Sri Lanka.

As Colombo is well-served by Asian carriers including budget carrier Airasia, this deal is suited for travelers based in Asia. For Aussies who are interested in exploring Sri Lanka, this might be an excellent opportunity for a Sri Lankan stopover.

Routes and availability


Here are some of the routes on sale:

  • Colombo to Boston via Doha (17,522 miles) – USD1,100 return
  • Colombo to Johannesburg via Doha (12,214 miles) – USD1,018 return
  • Colombo to Frankfurt via Doha (10,194 miles) – USD1,078 return

Boston is by far the most cost-effective in terms of the distance traveled. Remember distance is no longer your enemy on long haul business class flights (flat bed means uninterrupted rest to help combat jet lag), plus a longer distance favours greater earning especially when coupled with the triple Qmiles bonus.

The sale availability is generally better from mid January 2017 onwards but there are also quite a few seats available for October and November this year. Google flights can be used to perform a quick availability screen.


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If you change your mind: ~USD100 for cancellation


Triple bonus Qmiles

This is calculated based on the base miles of the trip. Base miles = Distance x Qmiles Accrual % for the booking class (Qmiles earn chart).

For example:

Colombo to Boston return on business class

  • Fare class R (125%)
  • Distance = 17,522 miles
  • Miles earned including bonus = 17,522  x  125%  x  3 (bonus) = 65,707 Qmiles !!!

You will also earn 2,000 Q miles for your first online booking with Qatar if you are a new Privilege Club member.



With a whopping 65,000 Qmiles upon completion of the trip above, you have earned yourself a one-way first class award ticket between Doha and any European destinations served by Qatar Airways.

Other sample award redemption for your reference:

  • Sydney to London via Doha – 45,000 miles (economy), 90,000 miles (business)
  • Singapore to Athens via Doha – 35,000 miles (economy), 70,000 miles (business)
  • Doha to/from New York – 35,000 miles (economy), 70,000 miles (business)
  • Doha to/from Paris – 21,500 miles (economy), 43,000 miles (business), 64,500 miles (first)
Qatar Airways A380 First Class (courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk)


Do you plan to take advantage of this deal?





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