China: €1,234 / HUF 404,500 in Qatar Business Class from Budapest

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Oneworld member Qatar Airways offers some attractive Business Class fares to Chinese cities Hangzhou and Chongqing. Flights with a single layover in Doha start at €1,234 for a roundtrip to Hangzhou and €1,319 to Chongqing. Since Qatar recently upgraded its afternoon flights from Budapest to Airbus A330 service, you can expect lie flat seats on all flight segments.

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Flight times are convenient for this flight to Shanghai’s doorstep.
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Another great connection with short layovers, even if departure from Chongqing is a bit late.

If you leave Budapest on QR200 in the afternoon, all flights are scheduled to be Airbus A330 service. These planes feature Qatar Airways’ oldest business class product. You can expect lie flat seats arranged in a 2-2-2 pattern. You can find a detailed review of the product here. Choosing the morning departure QR202 may result in boarding an Qatar Airways A320 and ending up in a short haul business class cabin.

Search & Book

According to fare rules, these cheap tickets are available for trips of at least four days, but not longer than a month. There are no restrictions on sales period or travel period – however, Qatar Airways can withdraw this offer at any time. A stopover in Doha can be added on either the out- or inbound leg, free of charge.

You can find dates on which the lowest fare easily on Google Flights (instructions). You can use these dates to book directly on qatarairways.com. While this is the safest option, you may get lucky finding an even cheaper ticket by using the same dates in our flight search.

Mileage

These tickets are booking class R. The trip from Budapest to Hangzhou can earn you the following amount of miles:

  • 26,120 on Finnair Plus
  • 20,890 on LATAM Pass
  • 16,230 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
  • 16,230 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • 16,230 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 16,230 on Asia Miles
  • 16,230 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 16,230 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 16,230 on Iberia Plus
  • 16,230 on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 16,230 on British Airways Executive Club
  • 16,230 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
  • 12,980 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
  • 12,980 on American AAdvantage
  • 12,980 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
  • 12,980 on SriLankan FlySmiles
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Further, both roundtrips are worth 560 tier points in British Airways Executive Club, getting you near the coveted Oneworld Sapphire status.

To earn this status and the alliance wide lounge access that comes with it, you need additional 40 tier points and 4 flight segments on either British Airways or Iberia. A basic economy ticket from Budapest to i.e. Portugal via London or Madrid should do the trick.

Information & Tips for China

China is the most populous and the third largest country in the world, so naturally, there is a lot to see. The most touristically important cities are the capital of China, Beijing and the financial and trade center Shanghai.

Best Time to Travel

Since the country is vast and extends over several climate zones, there is no best travel time for China. China is connected to Europe through numerous direct flights and the travel time is about 11-13 hours. Flights to China can be found for less than 400€ throughout the year, and there are also often excellent Business Class fares.

A general advice is that travel should be avoided during the Chinese national holidays, which span over the first two weeks of October. During these time tourist destinations are overcrowded with Chinese tourists on their domestic vacation.

Visa for China

Most European citizens will need a visa to enter China.

You can apply for a tourist visa at a Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in your country. There you’ll hand in your visa application personally and can pick it up again after a few days. There is no faster and cheaper way.

Alternatively, you can apply for a visa by mail. The processing time will be up to two weeks, and you’ll have to pay for extra for shipping.

There are also so-called Visa services available that sometimes offer a faster (and maybe even cheaper) way to get your Visa. Check local sites to find out more.

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Information & Tips for Hangzhou

With its iconic West Lake and famous buddhist monasteries, Hangzhou is one of China’s premier cultural destinations. Large recreational areas and a rebuilt historic center make up a huge part of the city center. Excellent train connections to Shanghai (taking less than an hour) make Hangzhou a great alternative when travelling to China’s mega boomtown. But with more than six million inhabitants itself, Hangzhou is a buzzing city worth a visit.

Best Time to Visit

Since Hangzhou is located in a subtropical climate zone, spring and autumn are the best travel times thanks to moderate temperatures and a few rainy days. April, May and September particularly suitable for a visit to the Chinese city thanks to the low rainfall and humidity.

From the airport to the city

Hangzhou Xiaoshan Int’l Aiport enjoys a growing reputation and attracts more international airlines each year. It is approx. 30 kilometers away from downtown Hangzhou and connected through bus and taxi services. Bus services are offered to many points of interest like the East Railway Station (30 Minutes) where bullet trains to Shanghai depart, or the West Lake in the very heart of the city (50 Minutes). Buses cost around 3-5€ while a taxi to downtown Hangzhou takes about an hour, costing 12-15€.

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Information & Tips for Chongqing

Thanks to a bit of trickery of the Chinese government, Chongqing is the world's largest city in population as well as size. Officially counting more than 30 million inhabitants, this huge number was artificially inflated by redefining Chongqing's city limits. The city now contains a space roughly the size of Austria. Still, the metropolis in the midst of a mountain range at the banks of the famous Yangzi River is one of China's most important industrial and economical hotspots. As a result, it shares a special administrative status with only Beijing, Shanghai & Tianjin.

Best Time to Visit

Chongqing is part of the subtropical climate zone. This results in hot, humid summers and mild winters, in which temperatures rarely drop below 0 degrees. March and April are great times to visit the city, just before a conflux of heat and daily monsoons make it an unpleasant place to visit.

From the airport to the city

Chongqing Jiangbei Int'l airport is extremely well connected to the city center. Two subway lines (taking about 50 minutes, costing approx. 1€) and a shuttle bus (60 minutes, 2€) take you to downtown Chongqing all day long. Taxi drivers will charge you 7-10€ for the 50-60 minute long ride down to the Yangzi River.

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