Oneworld member Qatar Airways offers one of the world’s best business class products. Currently, the airline is selling tickets for a premium ride from Europe to Australia with a single stop in Doha for as little as €1,970. While this is quite a good price, it comes with a catch. The Australian government already announced that it probably won’t open for tourism until late 2021.
Qatar’s business class deals no longer include lounge access and seat reservation!
Since the travel period is not limited, you may still find a way to benefit from the low prices. Even better, Qatar Airways has one of the most generous set of rebooking rules, waiving change fees and the fare difference if a ticket within the same booking class is available for travel up to December 31, 2021.
We have compiled all possible travel dates between June and September 2021 in our availability calendar. It will forward you to qatarairways.com with your selected flight dates. If you are looking for departures before June or after September 2021, we recommend Google Flights.
Qatar Airways advertises an Airbus A350-900 between Italy and Doha and an A350-1000 between Doha and Perth. Since the latter airplanes are all equipped with Qsuites, you have the chance to experience one of the world’s best business class products on two 11+ hour flights.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, it applies for all flights between Venice and Perth that include a minimum stay of five days in Australia, but don’t exceed a month down under. It remains valid until withdrawn by the airline. Availability is fairly good at time of writing.
We recommend using our availability calendar or Google Flights to find suiting flight dates and heavily recommend booking directly with the airline. By going this way, you can save time, money and nerves if rebooking the flight becomes necessary.
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 airlines 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 receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for 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 R. This is a basic business class fare that yields a reasonable amount of miles with most Oneworld frequent flyer programs. It is further quite common when booking in advance and therefore makes it easier to rebook without paying the fare difference. You can earn the following mileage on this ticket:
- 33,700 on Finnair Plus
- 20,940 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 20,940 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 20,940 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 20,940 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 20,940 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 20,940 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 20,940 on British Airways Executive Club
- 20,940 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 20,940 on Asia Miles
- 20,940 on Iberia Plus
- 16,750 on LATAM Pass
- 16,750 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 16,750 on American AAdvantage
- 16,750 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 16,750 on SriLankan FlySmiles
Information & Tips for Australia
Australia, also know as ‘Down Under’, is an absolute dream destination because of its distance to Europe and its beautiful countryside. But because it’s so far away, the flights are costly. Nevertheless, there is always Dealz for less than 1.000€.
Best Time to Visit
Australia is a vast country with different climate zones. Summers (November to February) are hot and mostly dry, winters (June to September) are relatively mild.
Entry & Visa
Most European citizens require an eVisa which has to be issued before your arrival. You can apply online, and the process will be free of charge.
All Dealz for Australia
Cover Picture: © Qatar Airways