May 14, 2020
Qatar Airways announced yesterday that its tickets will remain valid for two years, giving much-needed flexibility to travellers to hold on to their tickets for two years. This move will instil greater confidence among travellers as they will be able to plan their travel dates as per evolving situation.
“As we look forward, we are offering you more choices and greater flexibility so you can have the confidence to plan now and travel when you are ready. Whether you have booked or are planning to book for travel up to 30 September 2020, you can rely on us for the best travel solutions,” said Qatar Airways in a statement posted on its website, yesterday.
“Keep your ticket and use it when you are ready with our extended ticket validity, now valid for 2 years from the date of ticket issuance for greater flexibility,” it added.
Travellers can extend validity of their ticket by calling Qatar Airways offices or contact centres. The airline said that travellers can make unlimited changes to the dates.
“You can change your travel date or destination free of charge, as often as you need. You can change your origin to another city within the same country or any other destination we fly to within a 5,000 mile radius of your original destination,” said the airline.
The travellers can swap their ticket for Qmiles and redeem them towards reward flights, extra baggage or cabin upgrades when the time is right. For every $1, travellers will earn 100 Qmiles that are valid for at least three years, so that they can have the flexibility to choose how, when and for whom to redeem them.
Qatar Airways new initiative has come at the apt time as the airline has recently announced decision to expand its network. Last week, the airline said that it would begin a phased approach to expanding its network in line with passenger demand evolution and the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world.
By the end of June, the airline aims to have 80 destinations in its schedule including 23 in Europe, four in the Americas, 20 in Middle East/Africa and 33 in Asia-Pacific. Many cities will be served with a strong schedule with daily or more frequencies.
The gradual expansion will focus initially on strengthening connections between the airline’s hub in Doha with the global hubs of its partner airlines around the world including London, Chicago, Dallas and Hong Kong along with reopening many major business and leisure destinations such as Madrid and Mumbai.
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