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100,000 Complimentary Economy Class Return Tickets for Frontline Health Care Professionals @ Qatar Airways

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Update: Allocations for 12 May have been reached. The allocation is refreshed daily at midnight Doha time (GMT+3) = 7am AEST

100,000 complimentary tickets on Qatar Airways flights. As a healthcare professional, you are entitled to the following benefits*:

  • Up to two complimentary return Economy Class tickets for yourself and a companion, so you can take a well-deserved holiday to a destination of your choice within our network.
  • Receive 35% off at Qatar Duty Free outlets at our state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Visit this page starting from 12 May 2020 at 00.01 Doha time (GMT +3) to register and receive your exclusive promo code.

  • This promotional offer is strictly available to medical frontline professionals only. Eligible healthcare professions are limited to: Doctor, Medical practitioner, Nurse, Paramedic, Lab Technician, Clinical Researcher, Pharmacist.
  • It is mandatory to present the original medical identification at the airport check-in desk at the time of departure, and it must clearly state the occupation, as submitted on the offer registration form. No photograph or printed identification will be accepted.
  • Boarding will be denied, should any customer fail to provide the required original identification i.e. Medical licence/registration in additional to regular passport documents.
  • If the medical professional is not able to travel, then the companion will not be accepted at check-in to board the flight.

Terms & conditions:
Offer period: From 12 to 18 May 2020
Promo code booking period: From 12 May until 28 November 2020
Travel period: 26 May to 10 December 2020 (last outbound travel)
Promo code applies to Economy Class tickets only.
Ticket fare and surcharges will be waived, however, taxes are payable by the passenger.
The promo code is valid for a single booking for up to two adult tickets (age 12+) for the healthcare professional and a companion.
Eligible healthcare professionals will be entitled to one booking during the campaign period. If more than one booking is made, the first booking will be retained and any subsequent bookings will be cancelled automatically.
Bookings must be made at least 14 days prior to departure.
Tickets are limited to 100,000 and available on first come first served basis. A daily allocation of codes will be distributed by country throughout the offer period.
Personal information submitted on the registration form (Passport number) is required to match that of the main booker (healthcare professional) within the booking.
Qatar Airways will not be held responsible for any fare differences if a customer does not enter the unique promo code at the time of booking.
The promo code is valid on Qatar Airways operated one-way, return and multicity flight itineraries worldwide, excluding codeshare and interline partnerships. Refer to the Qatar Airwyas operated destinations list below.
Tickets are non-endorsable and non-transferable.
In case of involuntary flight cancellation, the passenger can rebook and change dates or destination to any Qatar Airways operated flight.
Tickets will be fully flexible, with an unlimited number of destination or date changes allowed without any fees.
Price displayed at the time of booking will include the total amount of taxes to be paid. Base fare and surcharges will be waived.
Seats are limited and are subject to availability.
This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion.
Other terms and conditions apply, please refer to the fare rules at the time of booking.

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    So if it's a code, can that said healt professional share that code to 2 family members instead of herself going?

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      i think it says the flight needs to be booked in the name of the health care professional, so no they cant share it with anyone except the person they are flying with

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      You need to show your ID and stuff during checkin

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      depends on how nice your healthcare worker family member is

  • +1 vote

    They can offer this but I'm still waiting for a refund from a cancelled flight in April due to covid..

  • +7 votes

    I reckon a lot of these comments are r/ChoosingBeggars worthy.

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    Its saying "The daily promo code limit for your country has already been reached. The allocation is refreshed daily at midnight Doha time (GMT+3) - please try to register again tomorrow."
    Try again tomorrow.

    I'm assuming AHPRA registration card is sufficient to use as ID/proof of being an eligible HC professional? (along with photo ID, passport/license)

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      What else could you provide?

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        Hospital tag and hospital employee number as per form. Perhaps a risk they will reject those without these?

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    almost a given you'd have to do 2 weeks quarantine on return though?

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      Maybe but not necessarily.

      2020Travel period: 26 May to 10 December 2020 (last outbound travel)

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    Qatar is one of the handful of airlines still flying internationally. Nice gesture.

    LAST AIRLINE STANDING QATAR FLIES 36,000 TO AND FROM AUSTRALIA IN APRIL
    https://australianaviation.com.au/2020/04/last-airline-stand...

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    Oh dear oh dear! I feel sorry for the people who have lost their jobs but thank God they are in Straya! There is good/enough/some/poor (variable ) assistance From the Government. When all these people who are employed by other means comment that this should go to people who don’t have jobs blah blah my mindvoice is how the hell someone is gonna travel when they don’t have a freaking job. It’s not totally free fellas. Qatar airways can’t be a socialist! Atleast by this way they are in business albeit less profits, they are targeting people who have jobs (in some cases they are targeting people who would otherwise not travel) plus it s a good gesture!

  • +1 vote

    Thing is will we want to or be able to travel by the end of the year?

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    Firstly, did anyone successfully get tickets?

    Secondly, "The promo code is valid for a single booking for up to two adult tickets (age 12+) for the healthcare professional and a companion" - is it ok for one adult and a child under 12?
    Thanks and good luck!

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    Looked at a few dates but can't find a SYD - AKL flight, anyone else had any luck?

    • +1 vote

      Qatar don't/haven't operated Sydney to Auckland. You'd need to go via Doha, which would be an extremely long flight.

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        Yeah I think I finally have found that lol. Fly from BNE to SYD (1hr) to DIA (15hrs) to AKL (16.5hrs) one way haha. Don't think I can do that with a newborn.

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          Hey Knobbs

          Did you manage to get a code? What info did you use for Hospital ID may I ask?

          My wife is a hospital pharmacist and I will attempt to get her and a ICU Nurse friend back to England later this year to see family. They should have both been flying out this week.

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            @CraigAW: Nah, all codes were gone when I tried to submit sorry.

  •  

    Do Occupational Therapists qualify?

    • +3 votes

      I hope so you all do fantastic work.

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    Do medical researchers/lab technicians at a University/Research institute quality? Working on Covid-19 related research

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    got this at 1007: The daily promo code limit for your country has already been reached. The allocation is refreshed daily at midnight Doha time (GMT+3) - please try to register again tomorrow.

  •  

    it's gone?

  • +15 votes

    I wonder why doctors are the ones attracting negative comments when salary is mentioned. A few things to point out:

    Are doctors making a killing as what the media suggests?
    Most doctors won't earn any meaningful amount ($100k+) until they become a established consultant - that is in their mid-late 30s.

    No doubt, they are one of the top income earners (but not really that high in the grand scheme of a highly qualified professional jobs). That can be said for many other professions: barristers, consulting firm partners, builders/tradies, the list goes on. The difference is that those are NOT reported in media articles (such as SMH), because they likely have set up trusts to minimal tax obligations. Amongst friends and families in medical, surprised to find out that not many (there are a few) utilises tax minimisation structure, oppose to friends/family from business/commercial sector.

    Salary for staff specialist are ridiculously low compared to the level of skill required for the job a Senior Staffie is earning merely $230,560/year. NSW staff specialist salary https://www1.health.nsw.gov.au/pds/Pages/doc.aspx?dn=IB2019_...

    For comparison purposes, a guide to IB/Inst/Corp Banking found on whirlpool - pretty spot on and excludes the outliers - such as a senior banker gets lucky with a $billion transaction in a year where bonus will be in the millions - this kind of transaction is very rare in Australia. https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/thread/3nk8n7q9

    Why are doctors different in COVID19 - AU
    It is also not fair to compare medical doctors to some other essential services. The system is AU is pretty fkd, where a large portion of doctors are working as VMOs (contractor in private sector term), meaning they do not have to be on any public hospital (where COVID19 cases are dealt with) roster (opt-in process). Financially, they are likely capable to not work and ride out the storm for a good few months. Not saying VMOs are doing charity work, because they do get paid. Only to highlight that most that works in the public health care sector is doing this not primarily for the money during COVID, but truly to uphold their honour as a medical practioner (a few actually removed themselves from the on call roster for COVID19).
    Junior doctors (reg/fellow) have less flexibility in that regard. However, consultants have removed their trainee doctors from any suspected/confirmed COVID19 cases to protect them.

    The journey to become a doctor
    If any think the journey to become a banker/tradie is hard, think again.Typically, a doctor spends 10+ years before they are qualitfied as a consultant (thats why many are not making what the media suggests until their mid/late 30s). This is on the assumption that they have passed all exams in that 10 years. Many have failed any given one of those exams 1 or more times, and will easily stretch out that training to 10+ years. (think of the stress, time and other personal priorities sacrificed - ie. building a family). Once qualified, consultants need to spend money before earning a cent on overhead (consultation room, admin).
    - Average of 4-6 years in university
    - Internship 1 year
    - Residency 1+ years depending on program
    - Registrar 1+ years
    - Fellowship 1+ years
    https://ama.com.au/careers/becoming-a-doctor

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      Your correct a lot of study is required and basically its much easier and no comparison in pay just to play with the old boys network in private schools scoring business jobs !
      The few Specialists jobs don't even get near them .

    • -6 votes

      Interns can make 100k already dude. Requires long hours of course.

      Base salary is already 70k.

      • +2 votes

        After 7 years at University (I actually did 9.5 years) I got to start at 70k. Felt good to finally make some money and not be crazy poor but it certainly didn't feel very much worth it financially. Still doesn't.

        • -3 votes

          7 years of med school? Can do it in 5 years in Perth and Hobart.

          • +3 votes

            @Circly: Can do it in 6 years now in Brisbane. But when I started 7 was the minimum because you had to first do a 3 year degree, then you could get in to medicine, if you did well in the entrance exam, that is.

            • +1 vote

              @jazoom: Ah yes the post grad med courses are usually a 3 year bachelors, pass the gamset test and then 4 years of med.

    • +5 votes

      I made more money in just 2.5 years running a business in my 20s than working the next 20 years as a medical practitioner.

      The reality is if you are intelligent and hardworking enough to be a doctor you can increase your income by leaving medicine and using your skills elsewhere.

    • +2 votes

      Just to correct you
      VMOs are ON the rosters. From work point of view, it is very similar between a Staff specialist and a VMO. The pay structure is different.

      And for most specialities you do your PhD and fellowships so you can get that VMO/Staff specialist job in a public hospital so you can get INTO the oncall roster.
      (it is the best source of referrals for private rooms. If you are not on the on call roster it can take many years to achieve the patient flow not to mention the lack of security on that flow).

      And to clarify training times
      Residency is usualy 2 years now for most specialty unless you want to do GP
      Registrar is at least 4 years for most specialties and is split into junior and senior. In some specialties you need to pass exams to be able to apply for senior registrar roles. Competitive specialties such as Gastroenterology, cardiology, endocrine, it can be as low as <1/3 of the applicants get the job.
      After that is Fellowship usually 1 year and most gets paid below an intern (because you are not on the hospital award any more).
      If you are in a competitive specialty, then a PhD and sometimes an overseas fellowship (often unpaid) is required to even have a chance at landing a hospital job.
      My friend who is a neurosurgeon, took about 17 years from getting into medicine to get a hospital job. This guy is absolute top notch btw.
      My other friend who is a cardiologist is currently doing an overseas fellowship after getting his PhD a couple of years ago. He has no guarantee of a job when he comes back to Sydney (unless he only does private work which can be very slow to build up without a public role).

      Earning a killing as a specialist is only those that are already established, not the younger ones. And the new specialists these days are not going to earn the same amount when they get to that stage either because of more competition, higher cost and not to mention the medicare freeze the past few years.

      But having said all that
      I think the nurses, physios, Amobs, CMOs in the emergency department that are frontline to the COVID patients should be prioritised over the doctors as doctors are more likely to be able to afford the holiday.

  •  

    This is a really nice gesture, but I can foresee some really angry scenes at airports…

    Passenger forgets their official original certificate but has plenty of other evidence. What then?

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      What then?

      phone their call centre.

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    so you can take a well-deserved holiday to a destination of your choice

    There seem to be a lot of flights available to Africa.

    They will need lots of helthcare workers in the later part of this year…

    Good luck…

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      Seems like an ongoing chronic problem. :)

  • +2 votes

    Is this like some sort of twisted Gilead thing? Get all the health professionals on to a plane and fly them to the same destination (despite what their ticket says). Then start up a twisted society …

  •  

    Great initiative but I can see this becoming a lottery mate. I am a frontliner and will most likely not get access to the offer as the daily allocation is already exhausted

    • +1 vote

      Try again tomorrow at the time it resets, if you're in one of the listed professions you might as well give it a crack.

  •  

    This is great, have passed it onto my nursing friends.

    If only those of us working in finance, supermarkets and other places that have been bonkers could get a treat!!

    Not complaining though, we are lucky to have a job.

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    Are aged care nurses eligible?

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      Eligible healthcare professions are limited to: Doctor, Medical practitioner, Nurse, Paramedic, Lab Technician, Clinical Researcher, Pharmacist.

      Nothing in the T&Cs says they aren't.

  • -3 votes

    Ah well first responders don't get any love!

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    How much are the taxes that you need to pay? Looking at an example flight to Rome - return is $1500 and $860 in taxes and fees. That doesn't make it much of a deal if I still have to pay $860 - I've paid that during times we were not in crisis.

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      I think the days of flying return to Europe from Australia for <$900 are over.

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      You don't have to pay the "carrier surcharge" either which makes up a large percentage of the additional costs on the base fare.

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        Okay, that's fair the surcharge was 80% of that

  •  

    Nice gesture. With such offers, the group that should stand to benefit most should be ‘frontline’ healthcare workers which they refer to. Out of many healthcare workers, not all had to work in the frontline which should really be covid-related where there is no doubt higher stress levels, increased workload, need to don PPE gear for prolonged periods and possible emotional/ physical stress associated with treating such patients especially if there is associated loss/ death which is mostly seen in Europe/ US. Of course many other healthcare workers/ key workers could be indirectly affected with redeployment, increased workload etc but such offers in the best of intentions by the many companies should stand to benefit those ‘true frontline’ workers if there’s such a term. Regardless it’s a great gesture and hope the ones who deserve it most stand to benefit.

  • +3 votes

    Error while submitting the form

    :(

  • +4 votes

    Submit button doesn't seem to be working?

    • +4 votes

      Error while submitting the form - same issue on my end

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    Same on my end

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      Same, trying mobile and desktop

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    Same issue here. On three different devices on different connections.

    Noted on the page: We are currently experiencing an overwhelming volume on the website. If you are having difficulties loading, please check back again tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.

    Edit: Just got 'The daily Promo code limit' reached

  • +2 votes

    The daily promo code limit for your country has already been reached. The allocation is refreshed daily at midnight Doha time (GMT+3) - please try to register again tomorrow.

    Let's pack it up lads.

  • +1 vote

    submit button wouldnt work.. when it did

    The daily promo code limit for your country has already been reached. The allocation is refreshed daily at midnight Doha time (GMT+3) - please try to register again tomorrow.

    this is more stressful and annoying then those old catch scams

  • +3 votes

    Yup no joy here either :(

  • +4 votes

    this is the most stupidest thing ever, made catch daily deals look easier back in the days

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    Error while submitting the form

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      Anyone else get that response?

      • +1 vote

        Yep. I also got "your details have already been submitted" but don't recall having done it yet.

  • +1 vote

    We are currently experiencing an overwhelming volume on the website. If you are having difficulties loading, please check back again tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.

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    Would be interesting to know what their country-by-country allocation is.

  • +7 votes

    This is a scam. Tried on 2 devices at exactly 7am and kept getting error submitting form.

    Now allocation is gone. They probably release a few tickets for Australia a day only.

    • +1 vote

      Same, tried to submit with 4G & my NBN Connection at 7:00AM and received the same error.

  • +2 votes

    Looks like as a very successfull advertising campain. I guess as per my calculation the daily allocation for Aus 140 ticket. Wonder if anyone got one.

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      140 tickets? I doubt that.

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      How’d you guess that number?

    • +1 vote

      I don't think no one being able to obtain this promotion is a successful advertising campaign. More likely it will turn people off the carrier due to their poorly run website, lack of detail in relation to ticket numbers, poorly run promotion, seriously who releases free tickets across the world at the exact same time??? Every man and his dog would be logging into qatar website at the exact same time. They could have at least released tickets at different times for different countries.

  • +1 vote

    Did anyone get one today? Same issue as everyone above.

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    I would like to see a geographic representation of tickets available by country…. nek minute every other country 1 ticket per day… Qatar 14092 tickets per day

  • +5 votes

    Would have been better if they did do it as a ballot, it really seems a bit of a fiasco. By the nature of their occupations, for many it would be difficult to register at a specific time. Despite the apparent good intentions it may backfire on Qatar.

  • +3 votes

    I managed to submit it but not sure if it worked. Filled in the details the night before and clicked submit right on 7am. It frozed for a while then a message said that very limited allocation are available daily. We will process your application and notify you within 48hrs. No email receipt conformation though. Reminds me of ebay plus deals.

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      that is a more optimistic outcome than anyone else so far. well done!

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    people are crying again because they fail. Obviously people around the world are trying to register as well.

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    how are they confirming if someone is a frontline healthcare worker?

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      compare supplied ID details with the real thing at the check in gate I assume

    • +1 vote

      That info can be found in the deal description, dot points 4,5

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    this is akin to an ebay plus deal but specific to HCWs, but their website is being hammered by the world rather than just .au

  •  

    From aviation industry: “ Fact: Pressurized Aircraft pose no risk to Coronavirus infection.

    We hear the myth all the time that pressurized aircraft recirculate the same air around and around the cabin, slowly infecting all occupants with the same virus. This is NOT true. ”

    • +3 votes

      Still wouldn't want to be seated next to or around someone that has covid19 though.

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        Who would? But you won’t know, just like you won’t know that the pack of rice at Woolworths was coughed over by a COVID person and then put back when they decide not to buy it. Or a thousand other normal scenarios.

        I flew last weekend return to Melbourne, didn’t sit next to anyone.

        Also % of infected people flying would be so low

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          How low? How do you know? The % of people doing anything is extremely low. but that's not the point of social distancing and other public health actions is it?