Qatar Airways’ New Cancellation Policy is Out of This World

Passengers booked on flights till the end of the year can now change their routing to any city served by the airline within 5,000 miles of the original destinationand at no extra cost.

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Flexibility is the name of the game these days, with airlines around the globe updating their cancellation policies in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Qatar Airways’ latest changes might appear too good to be true, but it delivers exactly what is written on the package.

Those with tickets issued on or before September 30, 2020, for travel booked through December 31, 2020 have several choices when it comes to postponing or altering their bookings.

Firstly, passengers can extend the validity of their original ticket for two years from the date of issue, or swap their tickets for Qmiles, with 100 Qmiles awarded for every US$1 spent on the fare. Another option is to trade it in for a voucher for future travel worth 110 percent of the original ticket price, with a validity of two years from the date of issue.

Most generous of all, Qatar Airways is now allowing passengers unlimited changes to “voluntarily amend their travel dates and travel route with all differences in fares, taxes, fees, surcharges waived, and all rebooking penalties waived” on condition that travel is completed before January 1, 2021. According to the airline, “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.”

What this means is that travelers booked on Qatar Airways flights later this year will get to go even farther at no extra cost. A range of 5,000 miles from London covers practically all of North America, while customers flying from Doha to Singapore can opt to visit Australia or New Zealand instead. Incredibly, the differences in fares will not be charged to customers, making this a deal that would have been unthinkable in the pre-pandemic aviation industry.

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