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Qatar Airways has fantastic Business Class award space on its Dreamliner and on its routes from the US to Doha and beyond in 2014. These routes are a high-value way to use Avios or American Airlines miles on a recent addition to the oneworld alliance.

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Your Bed in Business Class on a Qatar 787

Where do Qatar’s Dreamliners fly? Where does Qatar fly in the US? How many American Airlines miles or British Airways Avios do you need to fly Qatar?

Qatar Dreamliners

Qatar flies its Dreamliners from Doha to:

Qatar bills itself as a “5 Star Airline” and all the trip reports I’ve seen indicate that Qatar’s premium cabins and lounges are some of the nicest in the world.

Qatar has a page set up with photos and videos of the 787 experience. The Business Class cabin–there is no First Class–looks fantastic!

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Searching for Award Space

I took a look at award space on the Doha to Singapore route which will be operated by a Dreamliner (on one of the two daily flights) in April 2014. I found solid award availability by searching ba.com.

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Price of Award Space

The price of the award space depends on whether you use British Airways Avios or American Airlines miles to book the space. American has an award chart that charges based on the regions of the origin and destination cities.

On the chart, Doha to Singapore is only 30k miles one way in business class! The US to Doha is 67.5k miles one way in business class. The price is the same (67.5k miles) if you connect on one of Qatar’s many flights to the Indian subcontinent.

American Airlines does not collect fuel surcharges on Qatar award space.

The price of Qatar award space booked with British Airways Avios depends only on the length of each flight and the cabin of the award space, not the region of any of the cities involved.

British Airways would charge 40k Avios one way from Doha to Singapore.

British Airways collects fuel surcharges on Qatar awards. The surcharge to Singapore is $162.

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Flights from the US

Qatar flies to Doha from the following US cities:

  • New York
  • Washington DC
  • Philadelphia (begins April 2014)
  • Miami (begins June 2014)
  • Houston
  • Dallas (begins July 2014)
  • Chicago

Space on all these routes exists. Even the routes that haven’t begun flying yet have some space loaded onto the award calendars.

If you fly from the US to Doha on Qatar on an American Airlines award, you can continue to anywhere else in the Middle East, the Maldives, India, or Pakistan for no additional miles.

But if you connect to somewhere else in Asia, you will have to pay two awards each direction: US to Middle East plus Middle East to Asia.

Explorer Awards

Even better than booking Qatar flights as individual American Airlines awards or British Airways awards may be to include Qatar segments on Explorer Awards.

Explorer Awards are American Airlines’ distance based awards that I covered here.

Booking Award Space

Always search Qatar award space on ba.com, but always book with the airline whose miles you’re using. You can book with Avios on ba.com or with AAdvantage miles by calling American Airlines at 800-882-8880.

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