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How to travel with Qatar Airways Qsuite with points?

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Qatar Airways' famous Qsuite is one of the best business classes in the world! Here are our tips for booking it with points.

What makes the Qatar Airways Qsuite different from others? Qatar Airways is one of the first airlines to offer closed door seating in business class. Previously, this style of seat was associated with first class at Etihad Airways, Emirates or Singapore Airlines.

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Qsuite: What is the best program to book?

The short answer will be the one for which you have the easiest time accumulating points.

There are several ways to book an award ticket on Qatar Airways:

To be able to book, you must have an account with the chosen program.

The American Airlines and British Airways interfaces are the ones I prefer for availability searches.

Some require fewer points, but the amount of taxes and fees will be higher. Therefore, it would be a mistake to stop only at the number of points required.

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Qsuite: program comparison

For example, here are the points required for a one-way trip from Montreal to Doha (YUL-DOH), in business class, according to each program:

Program Number of points Taxes and fees (CAD)
Alaska Mileage Plan 85,000 85$
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 75 000 526 $
American Airlines AAdvantage 70 000 69 $
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank 80 000 69 $
British Airways Avios 92 750 $500
Qatar Airways Privilege Club 70,000 797 $

Looking at Europe, here are the fares for a one-way ticket Munich-Doha (MUC-DOH) in business class

Program Number of points Taxes and fees (CAD)
Alaska Mileage Plan 65,000 114 $
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 30 000 444 $
American Airlines AAdvantage 42 500 98 $
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank 42 000 79 $
British Airways Avios 38 750 426 $
Qatar Airways Privilege Club 43,000 496 $

However, if you take a look at the reverse trip from Doha to Munich (DOH-MUC), again in business class, the total cost of taxes and fees is much lower. This is due to the specific taxes at the airport of departure.

Program Number of points Taxes and fees (CAD)
Alaska Mileage Plan 65,000 45 $
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 30 000 $183
American Airlines AAdvantage 42 500 28 $
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank 42 000 $29
British Airways Avios 38 750 $175
Qatar Airways Privilege Club 43,000 $326
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Qsuite: What you need to know

Of course, there are also advantages to choosing one program over another depending on the route.

With Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, you can get maximum value from the points with a complex itinerary. Somewhat similar to the old Aeroplan program, it is possible to build Mini Round-The-World made up of four segments.

American Airlines AAdvantage offers the best deal for a booking between North America and the Middle East. In addition, the ability to save a flight for up to 5 days can be interesting, especially if you are waiting for missing points (by purchase or transfer).

For Japan Airlines Mileage Bank and American Airlines, the taxes and fees are very low. Also, the points price for a round trip is the most advantageous with Japan Airlines.

With British Airways, the sweetspot will be with short-haul flights.

And what about Qatar Airways’ frequent flyer program, Qatar Airways Privilege Club?

The number of points required for an award ticket is similar to others, but the taxes and fees are among the most expensive. Qatar Airways charges fuel surcharges and carrier surcharges.

How do you earn these points?

In Canada, the best way is to turn to points transfers. American Express Membership Rewards points are among the simplest to earn and easiest to transfer.

First, the American Express Cobalt® Card Card will allow you to earn 5x points on your grocery and restaurant spending. You can then transfer these Membership Rewards points to Asia Miles and Avios.

Secondly, HSBC Rewards points from the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® and the RBC Rewards program also allow us to earn these points.

To earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles, you can sign up for an MBNA Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard. Also, you could buy them.

For Japan Airlines Mileage Bank and American Airlines AAdvantage, the only way to get them is to transfer your Marriott Bonvoy points. Going through this route is not usually recommended, as your points will lose value with this double conversion.

That said, Marriott Bonvoy points still stack easily with Marriott Bonvoy cards and the American Express Cobalt® Card. Since taxes and fees are very low with JAL and AA, a point transfer could be advantageous. However, there are a few calculations that need to be made depending on the award ticket you are looking for.

Finally, U.S. credit cards from Citi Bank and Barclays offer generous sign-up bonuses for earning AAdvantage points.

You should also watch out for transfer promotions that will allow you to get up to 30% of bonus points!

Qsuite: which credit card vs which kind of point?

Here is a short summary and examples of cards that allow you to earn points for travel on Qatar Airways Qsuite:

Alaska Mileage Plan Cathay Pacific Asia Miles American Airlines AAdvantage / Japan Airlines Mileage Bank British Airways Avios
Alaska Airlines World Elite® Mastercard®

Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus® Mastercard®

Marriott Bonvoy

American Express Membership Rewards

RBC Avion Visa Infinite

HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®

Marriott Bonvoy

RBC Visa Infinite Avion Card (AA only)

Marriott Bonvoy

American Express Membership Rewards

RBC Avion Visa Infinite

RBC British Airways Visa Infinite Card

HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®

Marriott Bonvoy

Qsuite: choosing the right Qatar Airways flight

Qatar Airways’ Qsuite class is only available on certain routes and on certain aircraft in the fleet. Qsuites are found on most Boeing 777s and Airbus 350s; all Airbus 350-1000s are equipped with Qsuites.

The ExpertFlyer tool allows you to see the plans for each flight and, most importantly, the vacant seats. Therefore, it is an excellent way to check if the chosen flight is in Qsuite or not.

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Qatar Airways' different business classes

Qatar Airways occasionally changes aircraft, both in advance and at check-in (e.g. in the event of a breakage). Unfortunately, we can’t anticipate these kinds of unforeseen events.

This kind of switch is very disappointing, but we must remember that the airlines have the primary mandate to get us to our destination in the class we booked.

However, depending on the goodwill of customer service, you could request a new destination, time or date with the Qsuite.

Qatar Airways’ regular business class has a 1-2-1 configuration. While it’s not the iconic Qsuite, it’s still very comfortable.

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Qsuite – couple

As for the Qsuites, they are not aligned on the plan. Also, if you are travelling as a couple or alone, the odd row seats are preferable. On the one hand, couples will benefit from more closeness and on the other hand, solo travellers will have more privacy at the window. However, these seats are rear-facing.

The former Qatar Airways business class is to be avoided, as the configuration is 2-2-2. You will have to climb over your neighbour if you are sitting at the window.

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Qatar Ancienne classe affaires

Here are the different configurations:

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Qatar Airways – ancienne classe affaire

Qsuite: the routes

From the Doha hub (DOH), here is the list of routes where Qatar Airways Qsuite can be found.

However, this is not a guarantee. For example, Qatar Airways uses a Boeing 777 on the YUL-DOH route, but only 33 of their 57 Boeing 777s are equipped with Qsuites.

North America
Boston (BOS) QR 743 and 744
Chicago (ORD) QR 725 and 726
Dallas (DFW) QR 729 and 730
Houston (IAH) QR 713 and 714
Los Angeles (LAX) QR 739 and 740
Miami (MIA) QR 777 and 778
Montreal (YUL) QR 763 and 764
New York (JFK) QR 701, 702, 703 and 704
Philadelphia (PHL) QR 727 and 728
Washington Dulles (IAD) QR 707 and 708

Europe
Amsterdam (AMS) QR 273 and 274
Berlin (TXL) QR 77, 78, 81 and 82
Copenhague (CPH) RQ 161 and 162
Frankfurt (FRA) QR 67, 68, 69 and 70
London Heathrow (LHR) RQ 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 15 and 16
Malaga (AGP) RQ 155 and 156
Milan (MXP) QR 117, 118, 123, 124, 127 and 128
Munich (MUC) RQ 57, 58, 59 and 60
Paris (CDG) RQ 37 and 38
Stockholm (ARN) QR 167, 168, 169, 170, 171 and 172
Zurich (ZRH) RQ 95 and 96

Asia & Middle East
Bangkok (BKK) QR 830 and 831
Beirut (BEY) QR 420 and 421
Bengaluru (BLR) QR 572 and 573
Colombo (CMB) QR 668 and 669
Hong Kong (HKG) QR 815, 816, 817 and 818
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) QR 844 and 845
Kuwait (KWI) QR 1075 and 1076
Maldives (MLE) QR 672, 673, 674 and 675
Mumbai (BOM) QR 556 and 557
Beijing (PEK) QR 895 and 896
Phuket (HKT) QR 840, 841, 842 and 843
Shanghai (PVG) QR 870 and 871
Singapore (SIN) QR 942, 943, 944, 945, 946 and 947
Tokyo (HND) QR 812 and 813
Tokyo (NRT) QR 806 and 807

Africa
Cape Town (CPT) QR 1369 and 1370
Johannesburg (JNB) QR 1363 and 1364

 

Oceania
Adelaide (ADL) QR 914 and 915
Auckland (AKL) QR 920 and 921
Canberra (CBR) QR 906 and 907
Sydney (SYD) QR 906 and 907

 

South America
Buenos Aires (EZE) QR 773 and 774
Sao Paulo (GRU) QR 773 and 774

Conclusion

Currently, All Nippon Airways offers a similar product with The Room seats, which is much more easily attainable with Aeroplan points.

However, I still prefer Qsuites, as it is possible to lower the division between seats. Travelling in groups of two or four, the experience is superb!

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