Fortunately, we’re able to present Business Class deals with 5-star carrier Qatar Airways quite often. Too bad for most of our readers that those bargains usually depart from Scandinavian countries. This changes today. The golf carrier is selling tickets to Hong Kong and Johannesburg for less than €1,600. These flights are available deep into 2021. As it’s usual with this airline, you will have to change planes in Doha both ways.
This is a Qatar Airways Classic business class fare. Sadly, it does no longer include lounge access or seat selection.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
You can select flight dates in our Go2 tool, which will forward you to Qatar Airways’ website. You can search within the following time frames:
- Hong Kong: Very high availability from June 2021 onwards.
- Johannesburg: Very high availability between September and December 14, 2021.
Most flights are Boeing 777 services, which gives you quite a good chance to experience Qatar Airways’ famous Qsuite business class product. Especially on routes to Hong Kong, the probability of Qsuite service is high.
Search & Book
According to the fares rules, the sales period for these tickets is not limited. You can find this fare for all trips longer than five days and shorter than a month.
It will be best to use Google Flights (instructions) to find dates that’ll work for you. We recommend booking directly on Qatar’s website, although you can check online travel agencies for cheaper tickets.
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.
Tickets for all flights will be issued in booking class R. This is obviously a discounted booking class, and therefore you’ll get an earning rate between 100% and 125% with most frequent flyer programs. An Amsterdam to Johannesburg roundtrip will be credited like this:
- 27,910 on Finnair Plus
- 17,340 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 17,340 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 17,340 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 17,340 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 17,340 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 17,340 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 17,340 on British Airways Executive Club
- 17,340 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 17,340 on Asia Miles
- 17,340 on Iberia Plus
- 13,870 on LATAM Pass
- 13,870 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 13,870 on American AAdvantage
- 13,870 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 13,870 on SriLankan FlySmiles
Information & Tips for South Africa
South Africa is the touristically most visited country in the south of Africa. Whether its Safaris, tours of wine regions or the Table Mountain – visitors won’t be disappointed!
Traditionally, flights from Europa to South Africa have been quite expensive. In recent years however, airlines such as Iberia, Egyptair and British Airways have been offering cheaper and cheaper flights – even in premium cabins! If you are flexible in regards to your point of departure, the array of airlines with cheap tickets becomes even greater.
Best Time to Visit
South Africa is a huge country and therefore doesn’t have a single best time to visit. It really depends on what you want to see. The cities Johannesburg and Cape Town have the best weather in Fall (March – Mai) and Spring (September – November).
Immigration & Visa Requirements
If you have a valid EU passport and a valid return ticket, you will be given a visitor’s visa with a validity of 90 days. Turn to the ministry of foreign affairs of your country for more information.
The currency used in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). One Euro are approximately 16 ZAR. Make sure to use a credit card that does not charge high fees for withdrawals or payments in foreign currencies.
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Information & Tips for Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an Asian city-state and a vital trading metropolis in the Pearl River Delta not far from the Chinese coast. The city has long been a center for trade and business. Hong Kong is one of the largest air traffic hubs in Asia and therefore offers excellent connections to the rest of the world, hence the good deals that various airlines often provide. Flights in economy class usually are between 400€ and 500€ sometimes for even less than 400€.
Best Time to Visit
Winters are mild and dry, whereas summers are hot with rainfall and high humidity. The best time to travel is from October to early December when the weather is sunny, cool and therefore very pleasant.
Entry & Visa
Entry is possible for most EU citizens without a visa, and only a passport is required. A permit for 90 days is issued upon entry. For further information, please visit the website of your countries Ministry of foreign affairs.
The local currency is the Hong Kong Dollar ($, HKD, HK$). One Euro is approximately HK$9. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee (up to 2% for payment) in Hong Kong Dollars.
Getting from the airport to the city centre
The fastest and most convenient way into the city is by Airport Express. This train will take you to the city centre within 24 minutes and will cost you around €12 per trip. Alternatively, you can also get into a taxi and pay approximately €35.
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