We’ve recently promoted the awesome Lufthansa & Swiss companion sale from Italy. This time it’s Qatar Airways selling discounted tickets flights in business and economy class from Zagreb to multiple destinations worldwide. The only condition: you can’t get these fares when traveling alone. But if your group consists of 2 to 9 people, you’re good to go!
Depending on the travel class you choose, the possible destinations differ. Here’s a list of the most exciting spots that Qatar will fly you to:
- Bangkok at €1,293
- Zanzibar at €1,301
- Kuala Lumpur at €1,303
- Shanghai at €1,398
- Manila at €1,414
- Hong Kong at €1,469
- Colombo, Sri Lanka at €1,470
- Malé at €1,648
- Doha at €386
- Bangkok at €466
- Chiang Mai at €469
- Kuala Lumpur at €504
- Penang, Malaysia at €504
- Singapore at €509
No matter where you’re going, your first stop will always be Qatar’s hub in Doha. Business class passengers can access the Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge. But even if you won’t have access to the lounge, the airport should offer enough distractions to keep you busy during your layover.
Search & Book
Qatar will be running this sale until October 25th. And that’s the last date that you could buy the discounted tickets. But don’t rely on the fare rules here. Cheap seats might sell out way earlier. The offer is valid for travel commencing on or after October 21st. The minimum stay requirements are 7 days. And you can spend up to 1 month at your chosen destination.
To find your perfect flight, start by using Google Flights (instructions). All fares and connections will be displayed correctly. Just don’t forget to add at least 2 travelers to your itinerary. Otherwise, Google will only return higher prices.
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.
Naturally, economy class flights will not earn you as many miles. But you will still be credited with 25% of the actual distance traveled for booking class O.