With Qatar Airways now flying the updated Qsuites daily between Canberra, Sydney and Doha, the Gulf airline and Oneworld member provides a second way for Sydney-based Qantas Frequent Flyer members to use their points for travel to Doha and beyond, alongside Qatar's existing A380 service.
It costs just 104,000 Qantas Points to book the Qsuites from Canberra or Sydney through to Doha, or a total of 139,000 Qantas Points to go all the way through to London. So if you're keen to trade some of your Qantas Points to sample what we regard as the world's best business class, read on.
Booking Qatar Airways Qsuites with Qantas Points: key routes
For Australian travellers, the most relevant flights will be from Canberra to Sydney to Doha, and then onwards to select cities in Europe and the United States (you can’t book the short Canberra-Sydney domestic hop on its own).
Qatar Airways does also operate Qsuites on certain flights from Doha to destinations in Asia, but they won’t be explored in detail within this guide (you can still use the same steps as below to book them with Qantas Points).
Booking Qatar Airways Qsuites with Qantas Points: how many points you’ll need
Here’s how many Qantas Points you’ll need to book these major routes in Qsuites, as well as what flight numbers to look out for (as of November 2018). Note that the same business class rate applies regardless of whether the flight has Qsuites or an older style seat.
|Route (one-way)||Flight numbers||Business class|
|Canberra-Sydney-Doha||QR906/QR907||104,000 Qantas Points|
|QR5/6, QR7/8, QR15/16
|53,000 Qantas Points|
|Doha-New York JFK||QR701/QR702||92,000 Qantas Points|
If you’re merely transiting through Doha within 24 hours and connecting onwards to Europe or the USA, here’s how many points you need for the single ticket.
|Route (one-way)||Business class|
|Canberra/Sydney to London via Doha||139,000 Qantas Points|
|Canberra/Sydney to New York (JFK) via Doha||139,000 Qantas Points|
Here’s the full Qantas Partner Reward table for how many points you’ll need for the distance of your journey. Sydney-Doha-London and Sydney-Doha-New York both fall into the highest Zone 10 category when flying straight through, thus they command the same amount of points even though New York is 3,500 miles further than London.
Booking Qatar Airways Qsuites with Qantas Points: how to book your Qsuite
Reward flights on Qatar are easy to book and are listed on the Qantas website alongside flight options for Qantas, Emirates, Cathay Pacific and more.
Start by entering your desired flight route, time and number of passengers, and select the 'Use Points' option to choose reward flights. You can tick ‘Flexible with dates’ if you want to bring up a monthly view of availability.
Here's a search for a simple Canberra to Doha one-way flight on a fixed date, which launches straight to the results. The Qatar Airways service via Sydney is usually the first option presented, if available.
At this point you might want to confirm that this flight does actually have the Qsuites planned. You can do this easily and for free at ExpertFlyer – instructions are at the end of this guide. Once you’re happy, enter your details and check-out quickly to nab your own Qsuite.
If you’re planning to fly through Doha and connect to Europe or the USA, the multi-city booking tool on the Qantas website can be a handy way to piece together your flights. Simply enter the details of your two flights, ensuring the 'Use pointe' box is selected as always.
Once you’ve chosen your first flight out of Australia, you can pick your onwards flight (in this example, to Frankfurt), double check it has Qsuites as well, and then proceed to book both flights together.
Checking if your flight has Qatar Airways Qsuites: through ExperFlyer
ExpertFlyer is a handy tool that we can use to quickly check if your flight has Qsuites. Create a basic (free) account, and click on ‘Create Seat Alert’.
Simply fill out the flight details you want to book, paying attention to the date and flight number. Select ‘Business class’ then ‘Search’.
The seat map will pop up, and in this instance confirms this is indeed the new Qsuites (the give-away is this alternating seat pattern).
As Qatar Airways brings in more jets fitted with the new Qsuites, availability should generally increase as well. Currently there's very limited availability of Qsuites between Doha and London, as well as New York (JFK).
Finally, it goes without saying that aircraft type is never guaranteed. So even if you splurge your points on the latest Qsuite, be prepared for the worst if they have to swap jets and you find yourself back in an old business class seat.