Once a staple of our site, attractive business class offers by Oneworld airline Qatar Airways have become a rare occurrence. Some trickery might get you a decently priced premium ride anyway. Currently, it is possible to book a trip from Europe to Bangkok and back for as little as NOK 16,846 (~€1,497).
This fare comes with two catches. Firstly, you’d have to start your journey in Oslo and end it in Amsterdam. Secondly, it is one of Qatar Airways’ dreaded Business Light fares. While it includes a business class seat and one checked bag of 23 kg, both seat selection and lounge access come at an additional cost of roughly NOK 4,000 (~€355).
Our Go2 tool forwards you to Qatar Airways’ website. You can find these tickets in December 2023 and January 2024.
Flights between Oslo and Doha are Boeing 787 services, onward flights to Bangkok are Boeing 787 or Airbus A380 flights. You have no chance on flying in a QSuite on these routes. The last leg from Doha to Amsterdam is operated by a Boeing 777-300ER – with a decent chance of flying in the self-proclaimed world’s best business class.
Search & Book
The fare rules don’t give any information besides a minimum stay of five days. We have been able to find flights at the lowest fare in December 2023 and January 2024.
Google Flights is the most convenient way to find suitable flight dates. Due to the nature of its multistop search, you still have to use trial and error to find the cheapest tickets. We recommend booking directly with Qatar Airways.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Qatar Airways issues these tickets in booking class P, a booking class newly minted to discounted business class fares. A roundtrip from Oslo to Amsterdam via Bangkok gives you the following mileage:
- 25,408 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 19,057 Miles on JetBlue TrueBlue
- 19,057 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 19,054 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 15,881 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 15,335 Points on Finnair Plus
- 9,528 Avios + 560 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 9,528 Avios + 80 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 9,528 Avios + 1,400 TP on Iberia Plus
- 9,528 Award Miles + 200 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 9,528 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 9,528 Award Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 9,528 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 9,528 Award Miles + 24 Tier Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 9,528 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 9,528 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 9,526 Miles on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 8,893 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Hotel prices in Bangkok usually start at roughly €25-40, depending on the hotel category and specific dates. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
Information & Tips for Bangkok
Bangkok is both the capital and the largest metropolis of Southeast Asian Thailand. We often have reasonable offers to share with you. No matter if in Economy, Business or First Class – you can almost always find bargains for flights to Bangkok! Also, even luxurious 5-star hotels are available at excellent prices. Just some reasons why you shouldn’t miss Bangkok!
From the airport to the city center
Suvarnabhumi Airport is connected to the city center by train. Trains run between 06:00 and 23:59 approximately every 15 minutes and the journey takes 24 minutes. A taxi ride costs about 400 Baht and takes, depending on the traffic, 30 minutes to more than an hour.
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Information & Tips for Thailand
Thailand is an increasingly popular holiday destination for Europeans – both beach and party tourists get their money’s worth in the South Asian tropical state.
Whether Bangkok, Koh Samui or Phuket, Thailand offers multi-faceted cities and quiet beaches. Also, the country is always easy to reach from Europe. Especially to Bangkok, there is almost always at least a good deal!
Best Time to Visit
While hot summer temperatures prevail the whole year long in tropical Thailand, the best travel time is definitely the winter from November to February. Thanks to the northwest monsoon it doesn’t get warmer than 33 degrees. In summer the temperatures can quickly reach 40 degrees. The rainy season also starts in June and will last until October – high humidity is what you’ll have to prepare for!
Entry & Visa
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for stays up to a length of 30 days. The entry permit can be extended by another 30 days before expiration by local immigration authorities.
The national currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB) which is divided into Satang. One Euro is about 40 THB.
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Thanks to our source Flyertalk user williamvdh!
I know this fare does not include lounge access, does this still apply with a BA Silver card?
With a Silver card you can access the dedicated lounge for Oneworld Sapphire frequent flyers. But it’s not nearly as nice as the dedicated “Al Mourjan” Business Lounge
Many thanks for this, definitely nice to see a two leg Qatar flight from Western Europe to Asia for under €1,500. Let’s hope this becomes more common. much as I like the Al Mourjan lounge, if your connection time is under two hours it is more hassle than it is worth. Nice to use the lounge every year or so to marvel at the extravagance, however, as a lounge rather than a curiosity, it fails. A lounge for long haul connection should have decent shower availability (I’d not try for a shower if I had less than five hour connection in Doha), ease of access to food and seating and plenty of toilets. Anyone familiar with Qatar’s Doha Al Mourjan lounge will know that the main benefit of visiting the old lounge was to have a space ponder why all passengers don’t go through the Business Class security in transit as they never ever check and also to marvel at the 2.4 acre size of the lounge and the lake. I connect via major Western European airports every week and I value convenience and services above a lake.