Oneworld member Qatar Airways offers an attractive sale to East Asian destinatons Manila & Bangkok. Roundtrips from Stockholm to the Philippines start at SEK 15,503 (~€1,483). Tickets to Thailand’s capital Bangkok aren’t much more expensive, starting at SEK 16,361 (~€1,565). Availability for these fares is excellent from February through May 2020.
Qatar Airways will fist fly you to its hub in Doha on board of a Boeing 777-300ER or Airbus A350-900 – a plane that is unlikely to feature Qsuites. Boeing 777-300ER aircraft operate flights between Doha and Bangkok, making Thailand’s capital a hit and miss Qsuite destination. While not an official Qsuite destination either, some flights to Manila are advertised as Qsuite services, too.
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According to fare rules, tickets for will be sold until further notice. The travel period is not restricted. You’ll have to wait at least five days until you can fly back to Europe. Your stay may not exceed one month. Two stopovers are free. Only flights to Bangkok are available at this fare for the remainder of 2019. In 2020, there are plenty of possible flight dates to both destinations.
Use Google Flights (instructions) to see when flights are available and how much they will cost. Once you’ve found the perfect connection, you can decide if you want to use our flight search to compare prices that OTAs offer and save a little extra money. Or if you wish, you can book directly on the carrier’s website. This is the way we recommend doing it when your purchasing business class tickets.
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.
Tickets for all flights will be issued in booking class R. This means you will earn 125% of the miles you actually traveled on most Oneworld frequent flyer programs. Here’s an estimation of what you will be credited with:
- 24,740 on Finnair Plus
- 19,790 on LATAM Pass
- 15,370 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 15,370 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 15,370 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 15,370 on Asia Miles
- 15,370 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 15,370 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 15,370 on Iberia Plus
- 15,370 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 15,370 on British Airways Executive Club
- 15,370 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 12,300 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 12,300 on American AAdvantage
- 12,300 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 12,300 on SriLankan FlySmiles
Further, trips to both destinations are worth tasty 560 tier points in British Airways Executive Club. This brings you in grabbing distance of the coveted Oneworld Sapphire tier, granting alliance wide lounge access. You need 600 tier points to reach it.
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: