Excellent Qatar Award Availability on Flights From the US

Apr 28, 2017

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Qatar has one of the best business-class products in the sky. And, whether it’s due to the large carry-on electronics ban or just extra capacity, we’re now seeing some incredible business-class award availability between the US and Doha (DOH).

Looking for a last minute Memorial Day getaway from Boston? There are 9+ seats available on May 22-23 and 8 seats on May 24.

BOS-DOH Qatar May 22-24

From New York to (or through) Doha, there are at least 9 business-class award seats available on both daily flights June 19-22. Meanwhile, economy is only available on some of these flights:

JFK-DOH Qatar June 19-21

If you’re planning ahead and looking for a Thanksgiving getaway, you can fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to/through Doha (DOH) any day November 20-23:

PHL-DOH Qatar Nov 20-23

Routes and Equipment

Here are Qatar’s routes and the aircraft type used on each route:

  • Atlanta (ATL) to DOH — Boeing 777
  • Boston (BOS) to Doha (DOH) — Airbus A350
  • Chicago (ORD) to DOH — Boeing 777
  • Dallas (DFW) to DOH — Boeing 777
  • Houston (IAH) to DOH — Boeing 777
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to DOH — Boeing 777
  • Miami (MIA) to DOH — Boeing 777
  • New York-JFK to DOH — Airbus A350
  • Philadelphia (PHL) to DOH — Airbus A350
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) to DOH — Boeing 777
But, you'll want the A350 if you've got the choice.
You’ll want the A350 if you’ve got the choice.

Of these, the A350 is clearly the superior hard product. While the 777 is arranged 2-2-2, the A350 business-class cabin features a reverse-herringbone 1-2-1 arrangement. Although you can expect excellent service and food on either, try to get the A350 if possible.

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

This is an excellent use of American Airlines miles. Business-class award flights from the US to the Middle East cost just 70,000 AAdvantage miles each way. However, if you need to connect from your hometown to one of the gateway cities, you’re going to have to find domestic saver award availability on American Airlines in order to complete your trip. This might be challenging given the current nature of the AAdvantage program.

Low on AAdvantage miles? Citi and American Airlines just bumped the bonus on the the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard to 70,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $4,000 in the first four months. The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard is currently offering 60,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

In order to book a trip with AAdvantage miles, you’re going to need to search for award availability on British Airways to find award availability. Then call AA’s reservation line to book the award. As these itineraries aren’t bookable online, make sure that the AAgent waves the phone booking fee.

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank

If you’re starting in one of these gateway cities — if you live nearby or are booking a positioning flight there — you can get an even better deal. Japan Airlines’ Mileage Bank awards cost just 85,000 (BOS, JFK, PHL, IAD) or 100,000 (MIA, ATL, LAX, DFW, IAH, ORD) round-trip on Qatar Airways to DOH. Or, you can connect through DOH on Qatar to another destination; the award price is based on the total miles flown.

Don’t have Mileage Bank miles? JAL is a transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest. Utilizing the 5,000-mile bonus per 20,000-Starpoint transfer, 80,000 Starpoints will turn into 100,000 JAL Mileage Bank miles — just make sure to break up the transfers across multiple days and prepare to wait seven days for the transfer to complete.

Are you going to take AAdvantage of this award availability?

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