Getting value on air travel has become a rare thing. Canadians know that too well. High taxes and airport fees, high airfares and average service. Alternatives do exist, here are 7 reasons to fly Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways Flies to Canada
Qatar Airways QR764 flies Montreal-Doha daily since February 2021. Although it only flies to Montreal Trudeau (YUL), Qatar Airways has an interline agreement with Air Canada and WestJet to connect Canadians from all over the country.
An interline partnership allows passengers to connect seamlessly and through-baggage check-in. You can read more on what is an interline ticket. In the example below, travelers from Calgary can fly to Bangkok by purchasing a Qatar Airways ticket which involves a WestJet segment: Calgary-Montreal.
Therefore it’s doable and interline agreement insure connections and access to Qatar Airways network.
Qatar Airways Network
With 11 destinations launched in 2017, 12 destinations in 2018 and 9 so far in 2019 Qatar Airways network growth is significant to say the least. That’s more than 160 destinations, a lot of which are not your typical mainstream gateways.
With a strong presence in Africa and Asia, the airline allows you to discover new places such a Maputo, Windhoek, Kilimjaro, Baku, Chengdu or Chongqing to name a few.
Solid Economy Class Product
Although many of us dread flying long-haul in Economy class, I have no dissonance sitting in coach on a 12h flight. There are many reasons that make Qatar Airways Economy class a comfortable ride.
I flew the Montreal-Doha 12-hour flight. This is what I got:
- Big seat pitch. I’m 1m90 and my knees never touched the seat in front of me.
- An extensive IFE.
- Best food offering: great food choice, a real warm breakfast and not a sugar bomb (muffin & overly sweetened yogurt);
- Extra attention was given to kids. My 4-year old son received his meal 15 minutes before the main service.
Often times, the airline will forward you upgrade offers to its iconic QSuites business cabin. However, you must be aware of the many rules surrounding the Qatar Airways upgrade offers.
Earn & Burn British Airways Avios
Qatar Airways (QR) is part of the oneworld alliance. For Canadians, this means they can earn British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) Avios miles and Tier Points on all QR flights.
BAEC Avios is the best leverage to earning reward miles to spend on the oneworld alliance network. That’s on top of earning them thanks to churning a few credit cards such as the RBC British Airways Visa or American Express Gold & Platinum cards.
If you fly enough, then you may earn enough Tier Points that will give you an Elite status not only with BA but across oneworld. These benefits are priority check-in, lounge access, bonus miles earning and more in the case of BAEC Silver status.
Using Avios miles opens a lot of low-cost economy and business class reward flights. Although the program has its limitations: huge fees on BA transatlantic flights, you definitely get a lot of value out of Qatar Airways. For example, my Doha-Zurich Business Class flight for only 37,500 Avios and $126. That one-way trip is valued at approximately $5,000.
The QSuites is one of the most sought after Business class seats. Not all Qatar Airways flights have QSuites. However, you can refer to Traveling For Miles updated article on which flights offer the QSuites.
Let’s take an example of what a reward QSuites flight would cost:
A Doha-Beijing [DOH-PEK] QR892 one-way flight in J Class:
Paid ticket @ C$3,783 vs Reward ticket @ 62,000 Avios + C$176.67
This is really a great reward flight opportunity to spoil oneself. Particularly with access to Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge Doha.
Qatar Stopover Program
This is probably the most generous stopover or layover program in the airline business. With super low hotel rates and tour packages, passengers can enjoy Doha as an additional destination.
Here are the 3 steps to enjoy a US$23 stopover hotel with Qatar Airways. For more details you can read how I booked my C$37 Qatar Airways Stopover 5 star hotel. Also, the review of Al Najada Hotel Doha by Tivoli which speaks for itself.
Doha: The Most Underrated Stopover City
Singapore, Hong Kong, Doha are all city states that offer great stopover tourism opportunities. I have been to Singapore and Hong Kong and I can assure you that Doha has its own charm and offering.
Souq Waqif, West Bay, free museums, Al Shaqab, Qatar National Library are just a few venues you can visit during a 2-3-day layover. Whether you’re traveling solo or with your family you’ll be busy and impressed with the level of service anywhere you go.
Part of the travel hacking process is to get the most value of a travel experience. As a Canadian traveler, Qatar Airways has delivered a consistent product and a high level of service that most Western legacy airlines don’t bother with anymore.
It’s time to take advantage of the airline’s current level of service and attractive rates out of Canada while you can. Whether I fly solo or with my family, I will try to fly Qatar Airways as much as possible out of Montreal [YUL].
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