Qsuites Are Coming To Seattle!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a chance to share news of any exciting new routes. If anything, it’s been one cancellation after another. That’s makes this announcement even more exciting. Not only is it a new route, but from an awesome airline to one of our favorite cities. Between this and the free wine, maybe 2020 is finally cutting us some slack?

Qatar Airways is coming to Seattle

As of March 31, 2021, Qatar Airways will begin flights to Seattle. The airline will operate the route four times weekly (M, T, Th, F) with an Airbus A350-900. The 7,411-mile flight between Seattle and Doha is blocked off at just over 14 hours in each direction.

The A350 also features Qatar’s revered Qsuites business class. Trust us, fourteen hours won’t feel like long enough.

Why you should be excited

Qatar describes their Qsuites business class as “first in business”. We had a chance to try them for the first time last year and they did not disappoint. If you’re flying solo, the seats are incredibly spacious and private. If you’re traveling with a partner, the middle seats turn into a double bed. The service is fantastic as well. From on-demand business class feasts to attentive crews, it’s really hard to find any faults with the product.

Alaska Airlines x Qatar Airways

In addition to the new route, Alaska Airlines also made another announcement . While Alaska is already partners with most Oneworld carriers, Qatar Airways wasn’t one of them. Until now.

Alaska Airlines is scheduled to join the Oneworld alliance March 31, 2021. However, Alaska Airlines and Qatar have decided to get a jump start on Alaska’s Oneworld partnership. As of this week, you can begin earning Alaska Airlines miles on Qatar Airways flights. Earning rates generally fall in line with a few of Alaska’s other partners, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines.

Qatar Airways routinely offers great business class fares from some of their European and Asian routes. Seeing that Qatar’s cheapest business class tickets will earn as much as full-fare tickets is something I’m definitely excited about.

In addition to the reciprocal mileage earning benefits, the airlines have also entered into a codesharing agreement.

What about award flights?

The short answer is, not yet. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to redeem Alaska miles for Qatar flights until March 31, 2021. While it’s yet to be seen what redemption rates will look like after Alaska Airlines joins Oneworld, I’m excited about the opportunity to redeem on Qatar. Alaska Airlines is one of the few programs that allows you to fly to Asia via Europe or the Middle East. If redemption rates fall in line with something closer to Cathay or Japan Airlines, awards on Qatar would instantly become one of my favorite ways to redeem Alaska Airlines miles.

If you want to book the new Seattle to Doha route before March 31, the flight is currently bookable through American AAdvantage or British Airways Executive Club.

Final Thoughts

It’s always exciting to see airlines add new partners. Especially when that partner brings the best business class in the sky. Whenever I’m ready to start flying again, I know this will be one of the first redemption on my radar.

Are you excited about Qatar Airways coming to Seattle?

Author: Stephen Hoechst

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  1. Am I excited? heck yeah. I took my family of 4 on Qsuite almost couple of years ago returning from Italy to Seattle.. with Qsuite on DOH to JFK segment and we loved it. We miss it so much so that I booked another trip on Qsuite for next april, DOH to SFO this time with SFO – SEA on AS economy so I am just waiting and hoping that award space would be loaded soon. I booked using AA miles so I don’t care about redeeming AS miles on them yet but for future ones I will be redeeming AS miles on them.

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    • Awesome stuff! We’ve been itching to fly them again too. Guess once you try it, you’re hooked haha. We were supposed to fly Qsuites to Singapore in April, but…2020.

      Did you book the quad with your family? If so, curious to hear your thoughts.

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      • yep, me, wife, two preteens… it was an unique experience having the dinner while four of us are facing each other. The catering and service was top notch and I can’t wait to go back to the business class lounge at Doha again. It being business class it doesn’t quite get to the level of, say Etihad Apartment or Singapore Suites, which I’ve done both with my family but as far as business class is concerned, it’s the best and for family of 4, I can’t think of any other business class options that can beat the Qsuite. We are also booked on a Delta One Suite flight as well but no such option to create a quad suite like Qsuite.

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  2. What will happen to the Emirates redemptions on Alaska?

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    • Rachel – for now, Emirates redemptions are still on. After 3/31/21, first class redemptions will no longer be available. You’ll still be able to book business class and economy awards though.

      At this point, I still see Alaska keeping Emirates as a partner. There are several other Oneworld airlines that have managed to keep partnerships with Emirates like JAL and Qantas.

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  3. What will happen to the Emirates redemptions on Alaska?

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    • If you like business class you’re fine!

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  4. Any news on Q suites coming to SFO? We have taken them to South Africa twice. They are amazing, but it would be nice to skip going through LA to do it.

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    • Qsuites are already operating on the SFO-DOH route once daily 5x/week (Su, Tu, W, Th, Sa). While things are certainly subject to change, but it looks like that flight is loaded as QR738 through the end of schedule.

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