Qatar Airways Overview and Information

Good Things About Qatar Airways

Top Airline- Qatar is considered one of the top five airlines in the world. The service is usually outstanding even in economy class. If you are flying business or first class, their lounges in Doha are quite amazing. 

No Fuel Surcharges on Awards– Qatar no longer passes on fuel surcharges on awards using their points. 

Free Stopover Hotel– Until December 31, 2018, Qatar Airways offers a free stopover with a hotel in Doha (or $50 for two nights)

Bad Things About Qatar Airways

Unpublished Devaluation- Qatar devalued their points program without notice in May 2018. I do not recommend you collect points for their award program. If you want to fly Qatar Airways, use American Airlines points. 

Searching Award Space– You can’t search award space on Qatar’s system unless you have enough points to book that specific award. 

Expensive Partner Award Chart– Qatar’s partner award chart is very expensive unless you fly an ultra-long haul routing (New York to Hong Kong to South Africa/Australia). Most of the time it is better to use points on Qatar’s own flights.

Cannot Book by Phone- In March 2018, Qatar moved their entire award program online. You can no longer call and book an award and instead must submit a request, which will be answered within 96 hours.

Award Booking Fee- Qatar charges an award booking fee ($25 for economy; $50 for business class, and $75 for first class). Considering that you can only book online, this fees seems pretty excessive. 

Qatar Airways Information

North America to Doha (DOH): Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York (JFK), Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. (IAD).

Fleet: Aircraft, Age of Planes, and Future Deliveries

Seat Maps by Plane: SeatGuru

Website: Qatar Airways

Elite Status: Chart of Benefits

Points Expiration: 36 months after you earn the points, but will expire at the end of June or December of that year. (e.g. if 36 months is February, they will expire in June)

Ownership of Other Airlines: Qatar Airways owns 20% of IAG (British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL), 49% of Air Italy, 10% of LATAM, and 10% of Cathay Pacific. Qatar Airways also owns a minority interest in JetSuite, which is a private jet rental service.

Qsuite- Qatar’s Qsuite is the best business class product in the world. If you are flying solo, you can enjoy total privacy in an individual suite. If you are flying with a partner, you can enjoy a double bed. If you are flying with a total of four people, you can enjoy a large suite in which you can all face each other. 

  • Routes from Doha: Bangalore (BLK), Bangkok (BKK), Boston (BOS), Canberra (CBR via Sydney), Chicago (ORD), Colombo (CMB), Frankfurt (FRA), Hong Kong (HKG), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Mumbai (BOM), Munich (MUC), New York (JFK), Paris (CDG), Sao Paulo (and continuing on to Buenos Aires) Shanghai (PVG), Singapore (SIN), Sydney (SYD), Tokyo (HND), and Washington D.C. (IAD). (Not all planes to these cities have Q-Suites. For example, the A350-1000 from Doha to New York has Q-Suites, but the A350-900 on that route does not). 

Seat Map of Airline with Qsuites

Seat Map of Airline without Qsuites

Award Restriction: Award seats are not available in first class on Qatar’s A380 to or from London. 

More Information: Wikipedia