We’ve seen Qatar Airways running some partner sales recently. And this one seems to be as great as all the others. The only difference is the airport of departure. Business class flights from Athens to Asia are available at prices starting around €1,183 if you’re traveling with a companion.
There definitely are some great destinations included in this deal (prices are per person):
The availability for this offer is limited since it is only valid for trips commencing on or before December 10th. But there are several connections within the travel period. And you can even try to book flights over Christmas if you’d like. New Year’s Eve, unfortunately, won’t work.
All trips include the mandatory layover in Doha, where you will be able to visit the lounge. Moreover, all flights to Qatar and from there to Asia will offer lie-flat seats. Sometimes you might even be able to experience the QSuite since an Airbus A350 is scheduled for select routes.
Search & Book
Tickets for this deal will be sold until October 29th, so we’re already near the end of this offer. It is valid for trips commencing on or before December 10th, and your journey has to be completed ion December 31st.
The minimum stay requirements are 3 days, and you could technically stay for up to three months. But since you have to be back by the end of the year, the travel period is limited anyways.
Use Google Flights (instructions) to find the cheaps flights. Just don’t forget to enter 2 passengers in your search. Otherwise, you will not see the lower prices that Qatar is offering as a part of the companion sale. Once you’ve settled for dates, visit the carrier’s website for booking. Or try our Travel Dealz flight search and save some extra money.
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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 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:
All tickets will be issued in booking class R. Consequently, you will get an earning rate of either 100% or 125% on most Oneworld frequent flyer programs. Here’s the amount of miles for a trip from Athens to Hong Kong:
- 23,130 on Finnair Plus
- 14,370 on British Airways Executive Club
- 14,370 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 14,370 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 14,370 on Iberia Plus
- 14,370 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 14,370 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 14,370 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 14,370 on Asia Miles
- 14,370 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 14,370 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 11,490 on American AAdvantage
- 11,490 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 11,490 on LATAM Pass
- 11,490 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 11,490 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
Source: YHBU – Thanks!