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Dates are limited, with the best deals seeming to be in April, September and October 2018.
It’s also worth mentioning that there’s a long layover in Doha on the flight back, which some people may see as a disadvantage. Personally, I’d view it as a bonus chance to take a look at the city – and remember that you should be able to get a free hotel too if you want, given that the layover is more than 12 hours.
Where should I credit Qatar Business Class flights?
These fares book into fare class ‘R’, which means you should earn 100%-125% of flown miles, depending on the programme you decide to credit to.
For many readers, I would suggest that British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) is a good option for these particular flights. Although some of the other types of Miles available are more valuable than Avios, you’re not going to miss out on a huge haul here, and the real beauty of crediting Qatar Business Class flights to BAEC is the amount of status ‘Tier Points’ you rack up.
Prague to Pattaya (via Doha) would earn ~15,000 Avios and 560 Tier Points – almost enough for BAEC Silver status.
JAL Mileage Bank could also be a good option if you’re into more ‘exotic’ Miles.
Is Qatar Airways Business Class any good?
You can read some great reviews over at InsideFlyer Germany (just use Google translate):
- Review: Qatar Airways Business Class A350 Frankfurt – Doha
- Review: Qatar Airways Business Class A380 Bangkok – Doha
- Review: Qatar Airways Boeing 777 Business Class Doha – Bangkok
Onboard the Airbus A380, the A350 and the Boeing 787, Qatar Airways has installed a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration on the vast majority of planes (there are a few aircraft with QSuites now!).
For the dates I looked at, the Prague-Doha legs are operated by a narrowbody A320 (which still offers lie flat seats and excellent service), while the Doha-Pattaya legs are on a 787 with the layout pictured above..
This deal might not quite hit the dizzy heights of the Manchester-Auckland fare we wrote about yesterday, but it’s still very good!
Hat-tip: maulworf on FT