Qatar Airways Will Not Retrofit A380s With Qsuite, Signals Early Retirement

Written by Daniel Ross @ The Points Guy

While the Airbus A380 program has an end date in sight, many carriers are still flying the aircraft — Air France, Lufthansa, Qantas and Qatar, among others. Despite Qatar Airways’ original plans, the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker, said that the carrier will not be upgrading its A380 business class product to the Qsuite, as …

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Why Istanbul Should Be Your Next Big Family Destination

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

Walking through the arrival doors of the vast and sparkling new Istanbul (IST) airport, we were greeted by a colorful backlit photograph of Istanbul’s Bosphorus river with the slogan: “A glittering meeting of two continents.” Having read about Istanbul’s importance in world history as the intersection of Europe and Asia, we were well ready to …

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The Battle for London: Which Middle East Carrier’s A380 Is Best in Economy?

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Following the success of TPG UK’s four-class review of the same British Airways flight, the team set out on another mission to do another comparative review that would be useful for flyers. Since so many Brits (and Americans) fly the three major Middle East carriers (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways) and their ideal geographical positioning to …

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I Didn’t Want to Get Off the Plane: A Review of Qatar Airways Economy on the A380 From Doha to London

Written by Daniel Ross @ The Points Guy

For many travelers, flying to much of Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa includes at least one connection. The Middle East, thanks to its advantageous geographical location, is an ideal place for airlines to connect people flying from North America and Europe to the rest of the world. Three of the world’s most high-profile …

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A Planned Catering Strike Could Leave Passengers Flying Through Heathrow with an Empty Stomach

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

Passengers flying through London’s Heathrow airport (LHR) at the end of May might want to pack a few snacks for their next flight should a planned strike by the Unite union move forward. Drivers for Alpha LSG, an airport catering company, are set to go on strike at midnight on May 22 through May 26, …

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Deal Alert: Incredible Qatar Qsuite Award Space From the US to Doha and Beyond

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. The winner of the 2018 TPG Awards Best International Business Class of the Year was clear: Qatar’s Qsuite. And, if you haven’t tried it out for …

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Fly This Summer for Less Using Chase Ultimate Rewards 30% Transfer Bonus to British Airways

Written by Jennifer Yellin @ The Points Guy

The points world moves fast, and you have to move quickly along with it to get the most for your miles. Just last week, Chase Ultimate Rewards launched its first ever transfer bonus promotion, which allows you to transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase …

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Eerily Empty: Reviewing Qatar’s Business-Class Immigration and Arrivals Lounges in Doha

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

Qatar Airways business and first class passengers arriving in Doha have access to an Immigration Lounge and an Arrivals Lounge. Pros: expedited immigration and a place to relax, shower and work before heading to your hotel. Cons: limited dining options and no access to Oneworld elites traveling in economy.

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How to Save Money on Child Airline Tickets

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

Last chance reminder! Until Apr. 24, the Marriot Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card are offering 100,000-point welcome bonuses. The bonuses have identical terms: Spend $5,000 in the first three months to earn 100,000 Marriott points. Terms Apply. While most families know about lap infant tickets, there is …

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Deal Alert: Flights to India From $412 Round-Trip

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such …

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Qatar QSuite US Route Changes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

As of March 31, Qatar now has its TPG Award-winning business class product on eight daily flights to seven US destinations: Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York JFK (x2) and Washington Dulles. That leaves just three US routes ( Atlanta, Miami and Philadelphia) that aren’t being served with the Qsuite product — …

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Air Italy’s Familiar-Looking New Uniforms Fuel Concerns About Ties to Qatar Airways

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Air Italy unveiled its new airline uniforms late last week and, while quite impressive and stylish, they bear a striking resemblance, as  Paddle Your Own Kanoo points out, to another airline’s current uniforms: Qatar Airways, a major stakeholder in Air Italy. And, the decision to implement similar looking uniforms appears intentional, fueling concerns over the …

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Qatar Qsuites Launching on Its Longest Route: Doha-Auckland

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

If you’ve been drooling over Qatar’s Qsuites since the product first debuted in 2017, we get it. Whether it’s between Hong Kong (HKG) and Doha (DIA), or between Doha and London (LHR), travelers consistently rave about the top-notch product, from service to seat. And if you can’t get enough of the experience, you’ll be pleased to …

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