Qatar Airways: Free Changes to Tickets to Any Destination within 5000 Miles of Your Original Destination (Travel Until 31/12/20)

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Qatar Airways unveiling probably the most generous cancellation/change policy (and potentially hackable if you find the right deal and plan your booking right?).

From their Travel with confidence page:

Whether you have booked or are planning to book for travel up to 31 December 2020, you can rely on us for the best travel solutions.

As always, we are here when you need us.

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.

Call any of our offices or contact centres to extend your ticket validity.

You can change your travel date or destination free of charge, as often as you need, for travel until 31 December 2020. 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.

Call any of our offices or contact centres to rebook.

Swap your ticket for Qmiles and redeem them towards reward flights, extra baggage or cabin upgrades when the time is right. For every 1 USD, you will earn 100 Qmiles that are valid for at least three years, so you can have the flexibility to choose how, when and for whom to redeem them. Not a member? Simply join before you submit your request.
Exchange for future travel

You can exchange your ticket for a future travel voucher with 10% additional value. Vouchers are now valid for two years from the date of voucher issuance.

Rest assured, we will refund your ticket to the original form of payment if your flight gets cancelled.

More T&Cs on the page linked, or in comments below

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Comments

  • Most flights are priced almost $2k….

  • T&C

    Valid for tickets issued on/before 30 September 2020.
    Valid for travel on/before 31 December 2020.
    Valid for any of Qatar Airways’ fares only purchased either directly from Qatar Airways or through travel agents.
    If you have booked your ticket through a travel agent, please contact your travel agent to amend your booking or exchange your ticket for a travel voucher.
    If you have booked your ticket on qatarairways.com or through any of our offices, you can re-book or exchange your ticket for a travel voucher by calling any of our offices or our Contact Center.
    Rebooking fees will be waived if reservations are amended before departure (for travel on/before 31 December 2020).
    Rerouting for voluntary purposes (i.e. where there has been no flight disruption) is possible 14 (fourteen) days after making the booking. New flights must be booked in the same booking class (RBD), be operated by Qatar Airways and can be changed within the same country of origin and/or within a 5,000 (five thousand) mile radius from the original destination booking. If the same booking class is not available, a fare and taxes difference may apply.
    Rerouting following operational disruption (i.e. flight cancellation) is possible free of charge on Qatar Airways operated flights only from the same country of origin and/or within a 5,000 (five thousand) mile radius from the original destination booking.
    Rerouting is not possible free of charge if the original booking was on a fifth freedom route not touching Doha (such as PNH-SGN and vice versa; GRU-EZE and vice versa).

    Travel voucher

    The voucher is non–refundable and non-transferable and is valid for further transportation on Qatar Airways marketed flights only and/or Qatar Airways ancillary services.
    If your ticket is fully unused, the full equivalent amount will be issued on a non- refundable voucher valid for travel within 24 months from the date of the voucher issuance.
    If your ticket is partially used, the unutilized amount of your ticket will be reissued on a non-refundable travel voucher valid for two years from the date of voucher issuance.
    The 10% additional amount will be calculated on the unutilized base fare (taxes and all other applicable charges excluded) of the ticket originally paid and remains non-refundable.

    Refunds

    If your flight has been cancelled/disrupted: all applicable penalties shall be waived if cancellations are performed before departure.
    If your flight has not been cancelled/disrupted, any relevant penalties will be applied according to the applicable fare rules of the fare paid.
    Refund amount will be credited using the original form of payment used to purchase the ticket.
    Ticket can be refunded in Qmiles. 100 Qmiles for every USD 1 of the ticket value will be credited for to your Privilege Club membership card.

    Qmiles

    All passengers in the same booking must be Privilege Club Members. If you are not yet a Privilege Club member, you can join Privilege Club, in accordance with the Privilege Club Terms and Conditions
    Children under age 12 can be enrolled as part of family member by any parent and mileage accrual will be posted to Main Member’s account
    Qmiles credited applies to refundable, as well as to non-refundable fares, Q and stopover surcharges and YQ, YR charges.
    Service fees and any other non-refundable charges will be excluded from the Qmiles credit
    If multiple passengers are in a booking, unique membership number (main/family) is required for Qmiles credit
    Following refund request is submitted, Qmiles will be added to the member account. This processes is irreversible.
    Read the full "Refund to Qmiles" terms of use

    • Thanks, I'll add to the post

    • Rerouting for voluntary purposes (i.e. where there has been no flight disruption) is possible 14 (fourteen) days after making the booking. New flights must be booked in the same booking class (RBD), be operated by Qatar Airways and can be changed within the same country of origin and/or within a 5,000 (five thousand) mile radius from the original destination booking. If the same booking class is not available, a fare and taxes difference may apply.

      If I am reading this right… Someone could book SYD-DOH, then within two weeks, change that booking to SYD-LHR for free.

      Infact, you should be able to reach any European, Asian and South African destination.
      http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=DOH-LHR,+DOH-SHA,+DOH-DPS,+DOH-...

      • Yes, my theory too. If you lived in Doha you'd look for the shortest possible (or cheapest possible flight), then change to LHR or wherever…

        Harder from Aus of course.

        • I'm not finding anything under $5k for SYD-DOH return in economy in Q4.

          Good try by Qatar, but I'm not sure this works for us. When international flights return, I'm expecting much better deals!

          • @BluBoy: You’ve not seen any good deals because it was plundered since last Thursday by Travel Bloggers and all creative routes have been explored.
            One possible route that a member in AFF booked was CMB-DOH then changed it to CMB-DOH-LHR for 750 return in Business.

  • potentially hackable if you find the right deal and plan your booking right?).

    Please clarify what you mean.

    Are you implying you wouldn't need to pay the fare difference (cancellation and change fees aside)?

    Disregard. Thanks RogueWolf

  • I have to give it to Qatar, they're doing a lot during this pandemic.

    -Flights to a large amount of designations while others are pulling flights
    -Status matches for 12 months
    -Free flights for doctors/hospital works/etc
    -And now this

    I realise they're a business like every other company and not just doing these things to help out, but they're doing a fantastic job of thinking outside the box while almost every other airline is struggling.

    • -2 votes

      they're a business like every other company

      no they're not

      almost every other airline is struggling

      perhaps because Qatar airline is owned by The Government of Qatar- one of the richest countries in the world

    • Good luck contacting them when you have issues.

      They have 1 Australian office phone number who handles general enquries and sales. They might give you a support email which didn't work for me. If you need further assistance, you need to submit a ticket via Zendesk which goes unanswered.

      We'll see if they'll get back to my refund request from mid march due to covid.

  • Cheapest fare I can find from Melbourne is $1,500 to Copenhagen which you can change to anywhere within 5000 miles. I'll pass.

  • This has been posted already hasn't it?

  • You’re a bit late to the party. This has been talked about since last Thursday and Friday and Qatar has since made a few changes.
    No fifth freedon flights
    Changes can only be made 14 days after booking
    Only one change is allowed
    https://onemileatatime.com/qatar-airways-booking-policy/

    • Yes, it's already been plundered, leading to the new restrictions. However, while much less lucrative now, some people might still be able to hack something useful out of it.

      And it's good for non-hackers too in terms of general flexibility and peace of mind (at least as written, how well they deliver is another matter). Much better than other airlines.

  • 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.

    Does anyone else interprate that as being able to change your origin to anywhere they fly within 5000 mile of origin?

    If you can the best thing to do is get a flight from Manila to somewhere in Europe in business class - Varies on destination but Rome can be had for as low as $2,300 return in business. Then just call up and change your origin to somewhere in Australia. You then have return business class flight to Europe for a bit over $2k.

  • Do people read this as saying you can convert your flight to a 2-year travel voucher for any reason before departure?

  • 5000 mile radius covers 40% of the planet's surface area.
    Here it is on a map, in case anyone is interested or planning.

  • It says your flight has to depart before 31st Dec 2020.
    Does anyone know if you can call them (after the 14 day period) & change it to a date next year?

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