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Work in the NHS or healthcare? Qatar Airways is giving away 100,000 free flights

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Qatar Airways has announced a massive global ‘free flights’ giveaway for selected NHS staff and other healthcare workers which launched on Monday night and continues until 17th May.

We have already had a few winners from amongst our readership:

Qatar Airways NHS free flights offer


Qatar Airways free flights for hospital staff doctors

It is open to anyone who is a:

  • doctor
  • medical practitioner
  • nurse
  • paramedic
  • pharmacist
  • lab technician
  • clinical researcher

If you know anyone in any of these jobs, please forward them a link to this article.

A valid employer / NHS ID must be presented at the airport at the point of check in.

You can register here.  We know from the first day, on Monday, that registration opens at exactly 10pm and continues until the UK allocation of seats for that day is exhausted.  It doesn’t take long.

Qatar Airways is giving away 100,000 free flights to medical staff

Qatar Airways is giving away 100,000 free flights to healthcare staff

Qatar Airways launched its massive giveaway at 10pm on Monday.  It will run for a week.

50,000 people will receive two FREE Economy Class return tickets on Qatar Airways operated flights, fully flexible for destinations and dates.  Only airport taxes must be paid.

To quote:

“Qatar Airways will give away 100,000 free tickets to frontline healthcare professionals to say thank you for their heroic work looking after people during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

By maintaining 24/7 operations in recent months, including the provision of over 100 charter flights, Qatar Airways’ mission to repatriate over one million people has received widespread praise and thanks from passengers and governments as the foremost airline taking people home. Given the airline’s work at the frontline of global efforts to repatriate stranded passengers, it now seeks to recognise and reward the world’s frontline healthcare workers.”

How does the Qatar Airways 100,000 flights giveaway work?

Between 12th and 18th May, you can register at this link.  If you are in the UK, registration opens up at exactly 10pm (the last session will be 10pm on 17th May as we are two hours behind Doha).

You are asked for ‘hospital ID’ so have some sort of NHS or other reference number available.  You may be required to show some paperwork or ID with this number on the day you fly.  It doesn’t seem to matter what sort of number it is (staff number, ID card number whatever).

If you are successful, you will receive a promotional code which will allow you to book your flights.

Each country in the world will receive its own ticket allocation, based on its population size.  These tickets will be allocated equally over the seven days.

How do I book my free Qatar Airways flight?

If you are successful in getting a code, you can book up to two complimentary Economy Class return tickets on Qatar Airways operated flights – one for yourself and one for a companion – to anywhere on the airline’s global network.

Tickets must be booked before 26th November, with travel valid until 10th December 2020. The tickets will be fully flexible, with an unlimited number of destination or date changes allowed without any fees. Fare and surcharges will be waived on tickets, airport taxes apply.

The small print says that both passengers must be aged 12+.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said:

“We at Qatar Airways are incredibly grateful for the commitment and hard work of healthcare professionals around the world who looked after people in these times of uncertainty. Their heroic display of kindness, dedication, and professionalism has saved hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

“We have built a strong level of trust with passengers, governments, trade partners, and airports as a reliable partner during this crisis and we intend to continue delivering on this mission by acknowledging the incredible efforts of these heroes. Our crew and operation has never given up during these past three months, never abandoned hope or their mission to help people get home to their loved ones and we do not intend to do so now.”

Full terms and conditions, and the registration link, are here.

Good luck.

Comments (278)

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  • mr_jetlag says:

    Wow. Very canny use of newly empty planes. Kudos to QR on a great PR move.

    • Riccatti says:

      This is horrible PR.

      Completely contradicts the approach of not taking on increased risk (for no need).

      Distracts healthcare professionals.

      Cast society.

  • PaulC says:

    Great planes full of front line workers who are most likely to have the virus!

    • James says:

      Most likely to have been tested regularly, so probably least likely to be carrying the virus unknowingly

    • BJ says:

      +1, just the latest in so many barmy half-baked initiatives we have seen during the past two months with the potential to do more harm than good. With no disrespect to health care professionals, I feel for key workers in other sectors, from carers through food shop assistants, who typically earn minimum wages and who must feel increasingly aggrieved that their efforts are not afforded the same recognition and and value as more highly paid health care professionals. Particularly given that their exposure to coronavirus may in some cases be greater than for many healthcare professionals who do not work on the front line. It would be nice, just for a change, if individuals, organisations, politicians and corporations were to recognise them.

      • PaulC says:

        Totally no disrespect to frontline workers, they are have been doing a fantastic job.

        But I’m currently working 7 nights a week as a takeaway delivery driver going up to multiple front doors of people I don’t know from the next all for £6 an hour!

        Desperate times but as a Director of my own Limited Company and no work I’m left with no alternative!

        • Novice says:

          Thanks for your service.

          I personally don’t clap every Thursday anymore, not because I don’t appreciate carers or health care professionals but firstly it’s getting out of hand (parties) and secondly because I think all key workers should be equally appreciated.

        • Brasov says:

          I’ll bite, as they say. Why are they paying less than minimum wage? Have you considered furlough from your Company?

      • Harry T says:

        I agree, as an NHS worker. Other key workers aren’t being recognised or appreciated.

        Anyway, rather than encouraging empty, politicised gestures, I would rather the government paid health workers appropriately and provided the PPE and safe working conditions necessary to ensure their health.

        • Novice says:

          Agree @Harry T.

          This clapping is turning into a farce. A coverup to hide the fact that this govt has killed 32k + ppl. And we’re supposed to be a rich nation. I don’t know how much is true but I have heard some nhs workers have had to buy their own ppe.

          You’re an insider. Correct me if I’m wrong, if you haven’t been gagged over talking.

          • Lady London says:

            i never participated, similar thoughts. we are still not being told why health workers s t i l l haven’t got enough PPE.

          • Novice says:

            Maybe the answer might be because we have a buffoon (i do hate to insult any animal though) in charge.

            Didn’t inspire confidence exactly knowing we are the only rich nation which had our leader supposedly catch the virus as he was that careless.

            And, now their hatred of EU collaboration led to them ordering ppe from dodgy sellers out to make a quick buck.

            If this wasn’t an actual tragedy, I would be laughing at the utter rubbish leadership (or lack of) I’ve seen. And, this is a person who is young. A lot of people have said to me you sound Ancient and pessimistic but I always ask them; can you blame me?

            However I do think I’m a pessimistic optimist. 😂

          • Josh says:

            I’ll only believe you’re young and fresh faced Novice, if you have a favourite instagram influencer, watch RuPaul’s Drag Race or if your first mobile was a smartphone 😂

          • David S says:

            Yes. This is true among some of my GP colleagues who are having to buy their own and there are stories about even hospital workers having to buy separately as well.

          • Novice says:

            @Josh, I have to disappoint you. I am pretty fresh-faced and young but I’m not into social media due to being logical and scientific, I researched if it was any good for my mind and the answer was clearly no. I should actually get off this site too 😂

            My first phone was a smartphone. But I just missed the nokia craze by a few years. I so envy ppl who still have old nokia phones. Apparently the phones are pretty solid. I was too young then. Parents got me a smartphone as a present when I was still in school.

        • Alan says:

          Harry T – exactly. Clapping and Just Giving donations are fine, but runs the risk of letting the Gov’t away with continuing to underfund the health and social care sectors going forward.

        • BJ says:

          @Harry T, agree with this. However, if it was just a question of underfunding this could be fixed by taxation, preferably begining with corporation tax. Unfortunately the problem is more fundamental, it’s ideological despite their protestations to the contrary do the only solution is in the hands of the electorate.

      • Bazza says:

        Not all healthcare workers will work on the front line but they will still use the same corridors, lifts, stairs, canteen and general work areas and in most cases be close to clinical colleagues throughout the day…. So I think it will be quiet a rare case to find a shop worker at greater risks than a healthcare worker, when they are either in close proximity to the known sick or those who are caring for the known sick. Back office staff are NOT in isolation on anyway. And are certainly back of the queue when it comes to hygiene risk and social distancing risks.

        • Polly says:

          That nhs list could be extended greatly..radiographers for one, they are in very close contact literally all day in icu the care assistants helping with proning etc. cleaners, so many others…let’s hope some on here win a tkt.
          Harry T, you got lucky with the oz deal, hope you get one of these also…
          It’s. A nice gesture, won’t make up for their large no’s of redundancies announced yesterday.

        • BJ says:

          All a question of exposure. There are many healthcare workers who are far removed from the frontline, either physically or in terms of the number of people they come into contact with. Were this not the case then it would be yet another failing. Equally, there are many shop workers who will come into contact with over a hundred customers each day, often in small confined spaces. Amongst my close family I can count a doctor, an ICU nurse, a first responder, a carer, and a shop worker. The one who feels most vulnerable is the shop worker, in large part due to employers failings to take the risks seriously. However, my point was not so much to apportion risks, that is much to complicated once we get beyond frontline healthcare professionals. Rather, I just wanted to flag up the need to recognise ALL key workers and their contribution because without any one group of them we would be coping less effectively than we are now. Many of these groups of key workers face their own particular challenges, everything from PPE for healthcare professionals through to enforcing of social distancing in shops and other workplaces. Politicians at all levels owe it to them all to do their best to address these challenges to the best of their abilities. For the absence of doubt, I do not grudge any healthcare professional the opportunity to take up this offer if they can, and I am sure also that they themselves will be the best judge of whether they are able to travel when the time comes.

  • Graeme says:

    This discriminates against NHS data analysts, who as we know are the real heroes. Most unfair 😉

    • Geoff says:

      If I am the one who stays late looking at the data and and finds your 2 week wait cancer is breached…. And get the booking office to get you in next day for a PET. Yes. You might might call me your hero!
      Your welcome!

  • J says:

    Meanwhile starving workers in Qatar are left begging for food…

    Qatar Airways are also leaving pilots they’ve now sacked hundreds of thousands in debt. These people make Willie Walsh and Richard Branson look like saints!

    • James says:

      That was one pilot and she had never flown for them which was unrelated to Covid.

  • Andrew says:

    QR really have been excellent throughout this crisis

  • Harry T says:

    I will sign up for this. Do we earn Avios and tier points? 😂

    • Ariaana says:

      i think so, remember though when you go to the airport you need to bring your proof of id that you work for the nhs or they wont let you board the plane
      have a nice day!

  • Briandt says:

    As an NHS driver, taking patients to hospitals etc. etc., I think I may put my name forward, albeit not on the list.

  • Anon says:

    Is this one of those where you need to be refreshing the page constantly to be first in line or can anyone register (with proof) and they randomly decide who gets codes?

    • Rob says:

      Not clear.

    • jil says:

      it sounds like the latter on the website, plus unlikely they can varify your proof when you register, the proof will be required when boarding.

      • Anon says:

        T&Cs say they will verify at check in in the airport. But they also say tickets are available on first come first served basis (so even if you have till November to book maybe that’s unwise?).

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