The recurring business class deal from Izmir is back. Fly with one of the best airlines in the world – Oneworld member Qatar Airways – at very competitive prices. Destinations range from Singapore to Cape Town to Bangkok to many more. You can reach Izmir very conveniently from some parts of Europe.
Flights from Izmir to Doha are operated in an Airbus A320 without a Qsuite but with an overall good business class product. Seats are comparable to the US first class seats.
From Doha, there are several Qsuite routes at the time of writing: e.g. Bangkok, Singapore, and Maldives. However, be aware that Qatar Airways can change airplanes (without Qsuite) and this happens quite frequently, unfortunately. You can find more information about all Qatar Airways Qsuite routes here:
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This deal is available all year round. The minimum stay is 4 days, the maximum stay is 1 month. There is no blackout period, so even travel in the winter holidays is possible. The fare rules do not state an expiry date.
A free stopover of up to 96 hours is allowed. You may make use of Qatar Airways’ stopover program and stay in Doha at very affordable rates in 4- or 5-star hotels.
Google Flights would be the best tool to find your preferred flight dates (instructions). After that, you can go ahead and book directly on qatarairways.com or via our Travel-Dealz flight search to find cheapest online travel agent prices. We do, however, highly recommend that you book directly on Qatar’s website.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
Getting to Izmir
There are some non-stop flights to Izmir (mostly with Pegasus or SunExpress). The flight duration, of course, depends on where you are flying from in Europe but usually ranges between 3 and 4.5 hours. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from e.g. Madrid, Barcelona, Prague, Milan, Rome.
These are some of the non-stop routes we have found:
The flights are in booking class R. Since Qatar Airways is part of the Oneworld alliance, you can credit miles to many airline programs. Here’s an example credit for a routing from Izmir to Bangkok via Doha:
- 17,024 Award Miles + 9,458 Elite Qualifying Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 14,850 Points on Finnair Plus
- 11,074 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 9,228 Avios + 280 Tier Points on British Airways Executive Club
- 9,228 Avios + 60 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 9,228 Avios + 1,150 Elite Points on Iberia Plus
- 9,228 AsiaMiles + 120 Club Points on Asia Miles
- 9,228 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 9,228 Points on JetBlue TrueBlue
- 9,228 Award Miles on LATAM Pass
- 9,228 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 9,228 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 9,228 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 9,228 Award Miles on Oman Air Sindbad
- 7,382 Award Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 7,382 Points + 16 Elite Points on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 7,382 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiLes
Cover Picture: © Qatar Airways