Oneworld member Qatar Airways offers some nice business class fares from Warsaw to Hangzhou, China. You can reach the capital of Zhejiang province, just an hour long train ride away from Shanghai, for €1,385 (~PLN 5,934) with four segments in Qatar Airways’ business class. Each connection includes a layover in Doha.
Qatar Airways services Warsaw up to three times daily with Boeing 787-8 and Airbus A350-900 aircraft. A Boeing 777-300 ER finds its way from Doha to Hangzhou five times each week. Unfortunately, this routing offers a very small probability of Qsuite service.
Search & Book
The fare rules for this flight are kind of restrictive, even though they offer neither a sales nor travel period. Still, you have to book your tickets 90 days in advance and your trip may only between four days and one month. We’ve compiled all possible flight dates at the lowest fare in our availability calendar:
Qatar Airways tickets all flight segments in booking class R. This generates some nice earning opportunities with most Oneworld frequent flyer programs, but is especially attractive for members of British Airways Executive Club: It earns you 560 tier points, which brings you very close to the coveted Oneworld Sapphire tier. You’ll need 600 tier points to earn it and it grants benefits such as alliance wide lounge access for you and a companion. Aside from that, here’s what you can earn with other programs:
- 26,590 on Finnair Plus
- 21,270 on LATAM Pass
- 16,520 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 16,520 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 16,520 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 16,520 on Asia Miles
- 16,520 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 16,520 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 16,520 on Iberia Plus
- 16,520 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 16,520 on British Airways Executive Club
- 16,520 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 13,220 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 13,220 on American AAdvantage
- 13,220 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 13,220 on SriLankan FlySmiles
Qatar Airways Business Class
Not only is Qatar Airways an airline with a five-star Skytrax-rating, but it is also considered to offer one of the best business class experiences worldwide.
Most flights have seats, that can be converted into flat beds. In the Boeing 787-Dreamliner, they are even in a 1-2-1 alignment. Airplanes that have the QSuites even offer small, private suites that are usually only available in First Class:
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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