Oneworld member Qatar Airways prides himself on having one of the world’s best business class cabins. You can personally enjoy their product at a discount price enroute from Rome, Milan and Pisa to the Maldive Islands. Flights with a stop in Doha both ways are available at €1,559.
This is a Qatar Airways Classic Business Class fare. The quoted price no longer includes lounge access and seat selection.
Qatar Airways offers a full refund in the original payment form for all bookings made before June 30, 2021.
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.
This fare is available almost daily for departures from October 2021 through April 2022, with an exception two week before and after Christmas. We recommend booking directly with Qatar Airways to benefit from their refund policy. Possible departure cities are:
Qatar Airways currently schedules Airbus A350-900 services between Rome, Milan and Doha. Flights to Male are operated by Boeing 777-200ER airplanes, all of which feature QSuites in the premium cabin. From Pisa, an Airbus A320 with lie-flat-seats takes you to Doha.
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The fare rules for this deal don’t specify a sales period. You can find the cheap tickets for trips longer than five days and short than a month. At time of writing, availability is outstanding.
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 tickets for all flight segments in booking class R. You can earn the following miles & points with associated frequent flyer programs:
- 20,550 Award Miles + 11,420 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 18,370 Points on Finnair Plus
- 11,420 Avios + 560 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 11,420 Qmiles + 90 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 11,420 Avios + 900 TP on Iberia Plus
- 11,420 Award Miles + 100 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 11,410 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 11,410 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 11,410 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 11,410 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 11,410 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 11,410 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 9,130 Award Miles + 13,700 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 9,130 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 9,130 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 9,130 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 9,130 Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
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