One of the best facets of Qatar Airways is that it appeals to travelers regardless of whether they’re flying solo, as a couple, or with a family.
I had high expectations as I stepped onto my first-ever Qsuites flight. And my time in the air made me dream about when I’ll be back to savor it again.
Qatar Airways (QR) 740
Abu Dhabi (AUH) – Washington D.C. (IAD)
Sunday, Dec 19
Depart: 3:05 p.m.
Arrive: 5:45 p.m. the next day
Duration: 15 hr 40 min
Aircraft: Airbus A350-1000
Suite: 9E and 9F (double bed seats)
Miles Used: 70,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles per person (LAX-DOH-MLE)
Taxes & Fees Paid: $20.40 per person
Typical Retail Cost: $6,074 per person
Typical Economy Cost: ~$698-$1,293 per person
Booking Qatar Airways Qsuites Business Class
The impetus for booking this business class ticket was our stay at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, which we believe to be the new flagship resort in the entire country (which is chock full with 5-star resorts).
To get to the Maldives, we booked Qatar Airways Qsuites around 9 months before departure.
We ended up redeeming 70,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles per person with an out-of-pocket cost of $20.40 per person. That’s a savings of 99.7%! This netted us a redemption value of 8.65 cents per mile, which is incredible for a business class flight.
We would’ve otherwise redeemed nearly 400,000 Amex points per person if we simply booked through American Express Travel.
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Check-in was uneventful — we proceeded to the dedicated business class queue. Check-in took approximately 10 minutes.
At LAX International Airport, Qatar Airways Qsuites offers access to the oneworld International Business Lounge; unfortunately, this lounge was closed at the time of our trip.
So, we decided to pass the time by strolling through Tom Bradley International Terminal until our flight was slated to start boarding.
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Our flight was slightly delayed due to operational issues and maintenance, but when boarding commenced, we walked onto the plane without issue.
Our particular aircraft was the Airbus A350-1000, and this is just one of the planes on which Qsuites are offered.
The cabin contains 46 Qsuite seats spread out across 12 rows in a 1-2-1 configuration. Rows alternate between forward-facing and rear-facing, and we were immediately taken aback by the cabin design.
Some of the middle seats are double bed seats, and these are best for couples. In particular, any pair of seats labeled as E and F are double bed seats. The double bed seats are rear-facing.
The other middle seats have tables between both seats. These forward-facing seats are the D and G seats.
Each of the seats measures 21 inches wide and 80 inches long when reclined fully flat to bed mode.
The center partition at the middle seats can also be lowered easily.
If you’re a solo traveler, you’ll be astonished by the amount of privacy you are afforded when choosing any of the A and K seats, which are window seats.
The footwell was spacious enough for me but may feel cramped for larger travelers.
There was a huge tray table that measured up to 25 inches wide.
The high-tech seat controls were easy to use, and you could also utilize the power and USB ports, as well as the touchscreen in-flight remote.
The crisp, ultra-HD in-flight entertainment monitor measure 21.5 inches large and can be controlled via touch, the in-flight remote, or even a Wi-Fi remote on your phone!
As soon as we were at our seats, we were showered with amenities. To start, we were offered a glass of Rosé.
Already at our seats were:
- A hygiene kit
- Noise cancellation headphones
- A pillow
- A velvet comforter
- A BRIC’S amenity kit with Castello di Monte Vibiano facial mist, lip balm, moisturizer, an eye mask, earplugs, and socks
We were provided with pajamas and slippers by The White Company shortly thereafter.
Qatar Airways pampers you with luxuries from the moment you step on the plane, including pajamas, amenity kits, welcome drinks, blankets, pillows, and more.
Food and Beverage
Shortly after take-off, in-flight menus were distributed, and the options were impressive.
The wine menu featured Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne, Charles Heidsieck Rose Millesime 2005, 3 white wines, 3 red wines, 2 dessert wines, and various mixed cocktails.
At the start of the meal service, we were served warm nuts.
As the meal service commenced, we requested another glass of Champagne, as well as iced water.
The first course was a seared tuna tataki with heirloom tomatoes and a bulgur salad, which was decent.
The new dish was a superb squash soup, which was served with bread and butter.
We opted to try the signature Arabic mezze, which was flavorful and refreshing.
For mains, I ordered the braised American short ribs with creamy polenta, and Vivian ordered the pan-seared cod with angel hair pasta. They were both excellent.
We got 1 desert each:
- Buttermilk panna cotta with passionfruit
- Dark chocolate fondant with wild berries
The last meal service was wrapped up with a box of 2 Godiva chocolates. A sumptuous meal, indeed!
Although we decided to sleep through the breakfast service, we had a blast enjoying the afternoon tea, which was served with finger sandwiches, warm scones, and all of the traditional accompaniments.
Right before landing, I ordered a macchiato, a fruit platter, and a warm croissant to enjoy.
Qatar’s in-flight entertainment system is called Oryx One, and you can rest assured that you’ll have plenty of options, including the latest blockbusters, classic TV shows, live news, Arabic favorites, audio playlists, and a long list of games.
Qatar Airways uses OnAir as its Wi-Fi vendor, though it offers a new service called Super Wi-Fi that generally has better speeds. During our flight, we found the in-flight Wi-Fi to be usable only for certain activities like sending texts or basic web surfing.
The lavatories were kept meticulously clean. They’re slightly larger than an ordinary lavatory and are appointed with amenities from Diptyque.
When the meal service concluded, our flight attendants proactively offered to make our beds, which consisted of a mattress pad, 2 pillows (one is gel foam), a velvet comforter, and a center cushion for the double bed.
This, along with the sliding suite doors, make for an exclusive, private, and comfortable experience that rivals many first class products!
Being able to experience a double bed while flying is truly a treat. The fact that this was achievable in business class makes me long for more. The bed was extremely comfortable to boot!
The service on this flight was impressive, especially considering how full our flight was and how many business class seats there are in the cabin. Although it’s so easy to fall into a robotic service cadence, the crew on this flight executed perfectly and made us feel welcome on their flight.
Qatar Airways Qsuites is one of the best business class products in the world. Full stop.
Being able to offer a double bed product in business class already sets apart Qatar Airways from the rest of the competition.
The other aspects of the experience, including the sliding suite doors, designer amenities, and high-end food and beverage offerings make this a phenomenal product to fly.
And since this flight is bookable using points at a reasonable price, I would not hesitate to fly Qsuites again.
However, its minor areas of improvement include offering faster Wi-Fi and adding personal air vents in middle seats (they’re available at window seats).
Overall, this is one of our best plane tickets anyone can book.