Due to political turmoil on the Arabian peninsula, Oneworld member airline Qatar Airways is fighting for customers all over the world. One way they’re doing this is reguarly offering great deals for business class tickets. The latest example is a SEK 24,636 (~€2,183) roundtrip fare from Stockholm to Sydney. Fares from Oslo start at NOK 23,271 (~€2,149)
You can select your flights to feature Qsuite service on all flights between Doha and Down Under. Further, these tickets alone fulfill the tier point requirement to get Oneworld Sapphire status through British Airways Executive Club.
Most flights between Scandinavia and Doha are operated by Airbus A350-900 aircraft. These planes feature a new business class product, but no Qsuites. Qatar Airways specifically advertises this product on the following routes:
- Auckland (QR 920/921)
- Sydney (QR906/907)
For further information on Qsuites routes and airplanes, have a look at this article:
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According to fare rules, this offer expires on February 29, 2020. The travel period is not restricted, but the fare is not valid for flights departing Friday or Saturday. A minimum stay of 5 days is required and a maximum stay of 1 month is allowed. You may find scattered availability before October 2020 and almost daily departures at the lowest fare afterwards.
Google Flights displays fares to Sydney correctly. You can look for suiting travel dates there (instructions) on book your flights either through via our flight search or directly on qatarairways.com. We recommend doing the latter.
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 airline 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 of receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to 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.
The flights are in booking class R. You will receive at least 100% in miles for the distance flown which results in a lot of miles for such a far travel. Check out the possible mileage accrual with your preferred program – this example covers a trip to Sydney without tier bonuses:
- 47,520 Award Miles + 26,400 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 42,488 Points on Finnair Plus
- 31,682 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 26,400 Avios + 600 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 26,400 Avios + 170 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 26,400 Avios + 1,650 TP on Iberia Plus
- 26,400 Award Miles + 260 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 26,400 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 26,400 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 26,400 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 26,400 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 26,400 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 26,398 Miles on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 26,398 Miles on JetBlue TrueBlue
- 26,398 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 21,120 Award Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 21,120 Award Miles + 32 Tier Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 21,120 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
This roundtrip is worth 600 tier points in British Airways Executive Club. Add 4 flight segments on either Iberia or British Airways (even the cheapest economy fare will do) and you’ll qualify for Oneworld Sapphire status. This results in alliance wide lounge access.
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 Australia
Australia, also know as ‘Down Under’, is an absolute dream destination because of its distance to Europe and its beautiful countryside. But because it’s so far away, the flights are costly. Nevertheless, there is always Dealz for less than 1.000€.
Best Time to Visit
Australia is a vast country with different climate zones. Summers (November to February) are hot and mostly dry, winters (June to September) are relatively mild.
Entry & Visa
Most European citizens require an eVisa which has to be issued before your arrival. You can apply online, and the process will be free of charge.
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