It may appear that the Swedish “flight shaming” movement combined with the Hong Kong protests are having a positive impact…
For us aviation addicts in search for cheap business class seats that is!
Right now and right up until August 2020, you can snap up business class tickets with Qatar Airways (featuring the fantastic Qsuites) for only $1947 RETURN.
What’s the catch? You have to depart from Stockholm (ARN) Sweden and fly to Hong Kong via Doha.
How to make this worthwhile when travelling from Australia?
This deal won’t make sense for most people, but for those who travel to Europe frequently, you can follow the following strategy to keep the cheap business class flights going.
- Step 1: Position to Europe on a redemption booking (with your frequent flyer points).
- Step 2: Book your flight from Europe to Hong Kong as a return and schedule the return flight for a later date in the year.
- Step 3: Position from Hong Kong back to Australia either with a cheap economy ticket or a points redemption (there are plenty of options to get there).
- Ste 4: Repeat step 2 and 3 as often as you need.
How to book?
Researching availability can be done through Google Flights; they have a very useful calendar view which allows you to load multiple days and pricing with minimal delays.
Once you’ve narrowed down the search, book directly via Qatar Airways online for the best price. If you have an American Express Platinum/Centurion card, use the Amex travel portal to book because the flights will be even cheaper (Qatar Airways is a special Amex Platinum discount partner) and on top of that you won’t pay any credit card fees.
How about all the way to Australia?
If you don’t want to mess around with reward bookings to Hong Kong or just hate the idea of having “another stopover”. I hear you!
While it’s double the price, flying from Stockholm to Canberra will come in at $4131 RETURN, which really isn’ a bad price (going to Australia from Europe you’re looking at $7000 give or take).
Deals like this are even more suitable if you have friends and family living in Europe. Coming home for Christmas and New Year just got a whole lot better!