I’m not lucky, nor am I fortunate. I am a hard and diligent worker who takes chances, and have made sacrifices. I am not rich, or even well off. I am like the minority of Americans. No, not the 1%. The middle class poor…we make just enough to pay our bills and buy a pair of shoes at the end of the month, or maybe splurge for a night out at the movies.
Yet, there are the days when the flight Gods smile upon me, and says UPGRADE!!! One day it will be a first class seat but until then, Qatar Business Class will do nicely…thank you!!!
It has taken a couple years, a few thousand miles and dollars but I’ve done it. I’ve ridden the entire Qatar Airlines Business class international fleet. And it has been glorious.
First how I did it:
When I started the flight game I was a wet behind the ears pup of 37 years old. I had no idea about how points worked, and frequent flier what? Then I joined a FB travel group geared toward black solo travel, another more women centered, another for women 35+, and then another. THEN I lurked, and lurked and lurked some more. Just reading and seeping up the vast amount of knowledge as much as I could.
For my initial flight to Thailand I chose Qatar for three main reasons:
flight time (was the shortest around 19.5 hours)
Cost- the economy ticket was on sale via their website for under $600 (THAT’S STILL a steal)
Even their economy class was touted as part of the Five Star Service so you better believe I tried it out as well.
First, the cost of a International ticket JFK to BKK Business class can run between $9G-10G. That’s right around TEN THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS. Is it worth that much? I can’t justify it in my mind, but I also don’t have THAT kind of money. If I did, I’d still look for a bargain but yeah I’d do it. Besides, business class tickets from the states to Asia are costly. I however need SLEEP. Seriously to lay down.
Is it cheaper to book three economy tickets. YES. But we all know me…so
Two weeks before my flight I got an “OFFER” email. It seems I could bask in the Joys of Qatar’s Five Star Service in their business class for the low low upgrade cost of $1200 for the 12 hour flight from NYC to Doha, and an additional $850 for the Doha to BKK. AND I could use all lounges and services for the entire flight. Qatar Airlines was the ONLY airline that actually let you utilize this privilege. Something they don’t do anymore, FYI.
Well $2150 was a bit too steep for me so I opted for the NYC to Doha portion. I was NOT disappointed. It was everything I thought it would be. It was a 777. The seating is nice and the flatbeds seem to be larger than the American standard business class seats.
My first experience was delightful. Ok it was fruitcaking AMAZING. I had to have more. The food, the amenity kit, the pajamas, and did I mention the food? I spent 12 hours not wanting for a single thing. It was Heaven, and I was spoiled.
From the Q Suites in the 350, to the 777 spacious layout, to the Grandpappy of em all the double-decker 380 with it’s on COCKTAIL LOUNGE. So NOT kidding.
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The Q Suites are my favorite as it gives you the ability to be private but also social, and great if traveling in a group/team for work or a family. I love the little privacy door. You can actually shut the world out.
The entertainment system on all flights is the ONYX system. I did not notice a difference in programming between economy and business class, as I have noticed on other carriers. And while award tickets can be a BEAST to book with miles, it can be done for about 70,000 miles, BUT THAT’S A POST FOR ANOTHER DAY.
More and more I find myself flying to Asia and Qatar being my airlines of choice. Maybe I can work out a LOLA special with them. I mean everyone needs to try Qatar Airlines at least once.