Qatar Airways has a tough problem...and it's a good one to have; their old Business Class is already outstanding (found on the A350, B787 and A380) so they had to improve on something other airlines could only aspire to right now.
Introducing the Qatar Airways Qsuite!
It's appropriately called a first in Business Class and here's why:
Each Business Class suite can be fully closed off by a sliding door for extra privacy and comfort. On most airlines, this is a feature that isn't even offered to First Class passengers.
Direct aisle access is a must when travelling Business Class, and of course, Qatar Airways has delivered. There's no more climbing over your seatmate when flying Qsuites and definitely no awkward eye contact thanks to the sliding doors.
A fully flat bed... this one's a given and something we've come to expect when flying Business Class. The Qatar Qsuite goes fully flat, and the armrests come down to extend the width of the bed even further. Of course, there's a comfortable mattress topper and a luxuriously fluffy blanket to get you to sleep in comfort.
When it comes to dining; Qatar has you covered too. Their dine on demand feature allows you to order what you want when you want it. Not only can you eat when it suits you, but the food is also outstanding. When it comes to the drinks selection, there's nothing to complain about either. Two different champagnes are on offer, and the wine and drinks list is extensive.
In the end, it all comes down to customer service. While I've found that Qatar Airways can be a little bit hit and miss; the majority of the time they have an all-star team of cabin crew looking after guests.
Double bed anyone? If you're travelling as a couple or you're just lucky enough to score a spare seat next to you in the middle, you can ask the crew to set up the double bed for you. The privacy and space are incredible and even though at the foot end you're still stuck in a cubby hole, the extra width to stretch out is fantastic.
Three is a crowd; four is a party... or something like that. In any case, if you're travelling in a group of four people, Qatar Airways will offer your party the opportunity to take up residence in one of their quad pods. The quad seats are all facing each other and dividers can be lowered so you can dine or work together...after all it is Business Class.
Inflight entertainment is essential when flying, Qatar Airways has a great IFE system featuring a 21.5inch entertainment screen with around 4,000 videos, music and gaming options to keep you from going bored.
How to book Qatar Qsuite with Qantas Points
As a full time points nerd and sucker for luxury travel (you can check out all my travel reviews, frequent flyer deals & tricks over at flighthacks) I prefer to use my hard-earned frequent flyer points to travel in either Business Class or First Class for the price of Economy. For savvy points collectors, this can be easily achieved when signing up to the right credit cards.
Thankfully Qatar Airways is (still) a One World Alliance partner, this means those with a stash of Qantas Points can redeem them for travel in Business Class or First Class with Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways flies from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra (via Sydney), Adelaide and Perth daily which offers plenty of opportunities to snap up a seat using points.
We're not talking upgrades in this case but so-called "outright redemptions" using the Qantas Classic Rewards option to search and book. If you're new to this concept, we've got a full beginner guide to Qantas Classic Rewards, which should help you get started.
For the purpose of simplicity, I will share the points redemption cost for a one-way Business Class ticket to Doha (Qatar) because regardless of where you fly to, that will be the first stop, and also the cost to Europe because it's one of the most popular destinations for travel on Qatar Airways.
From Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra: 104,000 Qantas Points + taxes. Tagging on a flight to Europe is an excellent value proposition since the total cost for a one way comes to 139,000 Qantas Points + taxes.
From Perth 92,000 Qantas Points + Taxes to Doha or 121,000 + taxes all the way to a European destination of your choice.
Note that Qatar Airways will run their Qsuite product on the Perth to Doha leg for a limited time from September until December 2019. Melbourne is operated by the A380 and Adelaide has the fantastic A350 featuring reverse herringbone seats. From Sydney and Canberra there's an opportunity for daily Qsuite flights.
Qatar Airways Qsuite Conclusion
Qatar Airways really have created an exceptional Business Class product with the Qsuite. While their reverse herringbone seats found on the A380, 787 and A350 are also class leading, they've managed to innovate on something that was already good enough. While Qatar Airways leads, others follow, and it's great to see them setting the bar so high.