Qatar Airways first class is available on the Airbus A380, an aircraft the airline was once planning to retire. Circumstances have seen the return of the superjumbo to the fleet, so for now it’s possible to once again experience this super premium experience.

The oneworld alliance airline has a highly regarded business class product, with their Qsuites being seen as perhaps the best in the sky. If their business class is that good, surely first class must be better, right?

Qatar Airways First Class

There are just eight seats in Qatar Airways first class, located on the upper deck of the A380, which you can see on the seat map here. Passengers have exclusive access to two toilets, plus of course there is the business class bar on the same deck towards the back.

In addition, there is Krug Champagne, Caviar, special first class pyjamas and of course the wonderful service the Doha based airline offers. What’s not to love? Well, the price!

How Much Is It?

At the moment the aircraft is flying from Doha to London Heathrow, Sydney, Perth and Bangkok. Checking out flights from Doha to Sydney and return shows the price is QAR 48,010 which translates to €12,353 / AU$19,614 / £10,975 or US$13,185.

Now that is quite a hefty chunk of change for some flying. I would want to be in a completely different job to be able to afford something like that. However, there are solutions!

Time To Use Some Avios Points

I’m a member of the British Airways Executive Club which Avios for award flights. This is now the same currency that Qatar Airways uses, but that’s really just an aside. It’s perfectly easy to book flights using points for Qatar Airways first class.

For example, it costs 210,000 Avios and €248.15 in taxes to fly the same journey, Doha to Sydney and back. Now perhaps you’re a little Avios poor, no problem! A one way flight is half as much as a return, 105,000 Avios and about €125.00 in taxes. What a bargain!

How About Some Dates?

I had a trawl through the Avios redemption section of the Executive Club looking for availability from Doha to Sydney. At the time of publishing (7 March 2023) there is one seat available on the following dates in November. The 5th, 9th to 12th, 14th, 21st to 24th and 26th to 29th.

December finds somewhat less, what with it being a peak period. You’ll find seats on the 3rd to 7th and the 10th. January is also sparse, though a seat is available on the 21st and 22nd, 26th, 28th and 29th of the month.

February is where it’s all happening, as it’s the furthest out you can book. The 2nd, 4th, 5th are available, then every day from the 9th to the 22nd has one seat available. It would make sense to try to book as far ahead as possible for the best chance of snagging a seat.

There seems to be a lot less available from Sydney, but you could always fly another class. Business class on the Qatar Airways A380 is really excellent, and something I’ve always liked about the airline is that even economy class is a good experience.

Overall Thoughts

Quite frankly I think 105,000 Avios is a really good price for a 14 or 15 hour flight in first class. The fact that it is Qatar Airways with their superb on board service makes it even better value – and that’s before you consider you can use the Al Safwa First Class lounge at Doha.

Since business class airfares are so high, I think I might burn some Avios on one of these flights. Of course, it’ll mean having to fly in economy to get to and from Doha, but that’s really no big deal. Well worth it, I’d say!

Have you flown Qatar Airways first class before? What was it like? Do you think this Avios pricing is competitive for what you get? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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Caviar via One Mile At A Time.
Airbus A380 by BriYYZ via Wikimedia Commons.