Qatar Airways has become the latest airline to bring in a change waiver.
The waiver applies to new bookings AND existing bookings. Here’s looking at you, BA and Virgin Atlantic …..
This waiver is also more flexible than the one offered by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, because Qatar Airways WILL allow you to cancel. The only snag is that your refund will be in the form of a Qatar Airways travel voucher, valid for 12 months.
The waiver applies for tickets booked for travel by 30th June. Up until three days before departure you can either request a change of date (repriced based on the current fare for the date you want) or take the voucher.
You can read more on the Qatar Airways website here.
S7 Airlines also shows how it should be done ……
S7, based in Russia and part of the oneworld alliance alongside British Airways, has announced that ALL tickets are now refundable.
Any ticket bought in any class from now until 10th April can be refunded up to 40 minutes before departure for a 1,000 Ruble (£11) administration fee.
Let’s see how long it takes for British Airways, Virgin Atlantic etc to copy this. I don’t see any other realistic solution in the medium term.