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Qatar Airways launches a new (refundable) sale for travel into 2022 – what are the best deals?

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Qatar Airways has launched its ‘Hello Summer’ sale today. With long haul travel slowly starting to open up, it is worth taking a look to see if you can find a good deal for the Autumn or into 2022.

In most cases, you can refund your ticket for cash at any point for any reason. This is an exceptionally generous offer from Qatar Airways. You also have the option of cashing in your ticket for a voucher worth 110% of the price you paid.

The sale runs until 12th July and you can book for travel until 30th June 2022. You can find all the sale details on this page of the Qatar Airways website.

This article also contains details of a Qatar Airways Privilege Club joining offer, your ticket flexibility and the new Qatar Airways business class seat being rolled out on the new Boeing 787-9 fleet.

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What can you book in the ‘Hello Summer’ sale?

Flights from the UK start at £1,609 in Business Class and £339 in Economy Class. As I explain below, these tickets are fully refundable in most cases which is virtually unheard of at these prices.

Flights are currently bookable from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Typical Business Class prices include:

From London Heathrow to:

  • Kolkata, India from £1,609
  • Sharjah, UAE from £1,689
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from £1,719
  • Dubai from £1,759
  • Bangkok from £1,959
  • Seychelles from 2,049
  • Phuket from £2,089
  • Muscat, Oman from £2,099
  • Johannesburg from £2,139

From Manchester to:

  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from £1,879
  • Jakarta from £2,009
  • Kuala Lumpur from £2,059
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka from £2,079
  • Nairobi from £2,109
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania from £2,319

From Edinburgh to:

  • Abu Dhabi from £1,749
  • Seoul from £1,769
  • Cape Town from £2,259
  • Ho Chi Minh City from £2,309
  • Phuket from £2,539
  • Singapore from £2,619

You need to book by 12th July for travel by 30th June 2022. There are no black-out dates for Business Class tickets. Economy Class sale tickets are not available for outbound travel between 9th-30th December and inbound travel between 2nd-9th January and 15th-16th January.

Note that Business Class sale tickets on Qatar Airways no longer come with lounge access during your connection in Doha. If you have British Airways status, you can use one of the secondary lounges. Qatar Airways is currently using Terminal 5 at Heathrow with access to the British Airways lounges. Your tickets WILL earn frequent flyer miles as usual.

Heading to Africa?

If you are planning a trip to Africa and comparing prices with other airlines, it is worth noting that Qatar Airways now allows two FREE pieces of checked baggage on flights to the continent.

Economy passengers can take 2 x 23kg items whilst Business Class passengers can take 2 x 32kg items.

You can find out more here.

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Your ticket is refundable if you choose not to travel

Qatar is, of course, currently on the UK Government’s Red List. Whilst you can book sale deals for travel until the end of June 2022, you clearly need flexibility in the unlikely event that the situation does not change.

The good news is that Qatar Airways has one of, if not the, strongest coronavirus refund policies on the market.

The rules below apply to tickets booked by 31st August 2021 for travel up to 31st May 2022. This means that sale bookings are covered unless you are booking for June 2022.

You can see the Qatar Airways ‘Book With Confidence’ policy here. In summary:

  • Your ticket has a two-year validity, allowing you to continue pushing forward your travel date if you wish
  • You can change your travel date and destination as often as you want, as long as you pay any fare difference and remain within the same travel class
  • If you book directly with Qatar Airways via their website or app, you can cash in your ticket at any time for a voucher worth 110% of what you paid (10% bonus is on the base fare)
  • Alternatively, you can ask for a full refund at any time – there are no penalties and no refund fees

You can’t say fairer than that.

You may get the new Qatar Airways Business Class Suite

As we covered at length in this Head for Points article, Qatar Airways has just launched its new Business Class suite.

The seat features on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft which entered passenger service in June 2021. You will initially find it on routes to Dammam, Karachi and Kuala Lumpur amongst others.

The new suite is a reverse herringbone seat, which means that window seats face the window and the centre pairs face the aisle. It is a 1-2-1 layout, with a fully retractable centre divider for couples travelling together. Each suite has a fully closing door.

The original Qsuite, which also comes with a fully closing door, can be found on the Qatar Airways A350 fleet and selected Boeing 777 aircraft. Qsuite won ‘Best Business Class’ seat in the 2019 Head for Points Travel & Loyalty Awards.

Our latest in-flight review of Qsuite is here. Our review of the older-style Qatar Airways business class seat – but still very good – on the Boeing 787-8 fleet is here.

You can find out more about the new suite on the Qatar Airways website here.

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Get 1,500 free Qmiles for joining Qatar Airways Privilege Club

One of key reasons that Head for Points readers like to book business class flights on Qatar Airways is that you can earn a substantial number of British Airways Executive Club tier points and Avios. This is because Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld airline alliance alongside BA.

The reason that Qatar Airways flights are so lucrative is that British Airways Executive Club awards tier points by leg. Unless you are travelling to Qatar itself, your flight will involve a change of aircraft in Doha. This means that your trip requires two flights each way, which earns two sets of British Airways Executive Club tier points.

London to Bangkok, for example, earns 560 tier points return in Business Class (4 flights at 140 tier points per flight) versus just 280 tier points if you fly direct on British Airways.

That said ….

Qatar Airways has its own frequent flyer programme called Qatar Airways Privilege Club. You can access virtually the same airline partners as you can via British Airways Executive Club.

You can currently pick up 1,500 Qmiles in Qatar Airways Privilege Club for free when you join. No flight is required.

Simply join via this page of the Qatar Airways website and use enrolment code JOINEUR21.

Joining does not commit you to crediting any future Qatar Airways flight to Qatar Airways Privilege Club and you can select your preferred frequent flyer programme at any point prior to departure.

Conclusion

There is a lot going on at Qatar Airways at the moment as you can tell, along with restored services to over 130 global destinations.

The new sale runs to 12th July. Remember that you can book for travel up to 30th June 2022 and that you can refund your ticket at any point if it is for travel by 31st May 2022.

You can take a look at the sale website, and book, here.

Comments (63)

  • Ian_h says:

    Why no lounge access for biz pax on connections?

    • Phillip says:

      Since last year Qatar’s “Classic” fares do not include lounge access or advance seat selection.

      https://www.headforpoints.com/2020/11/10/qatar-airways-introduces-basic-business-class-with-no-lounge-access/

      • Lady London says:

        However after a rethink by Qatar, apparently award seats still do include lounge access (at least those booked via BA).

        Given the message that removal of lounge access sends me – Doha airport is truly horrible at the midnight/early morning hours where their routings have substantial layovers – and the unwarranted assault at Doha for no sensible reason on many of a departing plane’s female passengers recently before Covid, I will look to fly other airlines than Qatar for my longhauls going forward.

  • Phillip says:

    The sale is quite disappointing especially given the current Lufthansa Group companion fares sale from the U.K., but I have to say that QR’s incredible flexibility is impressive!

    • Nick G says:

      Or from Luxembourg

      • Phillip says:

        Oh yes; I only mentioned the U.K. given that QR has some great deals out of AMS and BRU at the moment, amongst other gateways. Given their flexibility, and a similar cost I would choose QR every time!

  • Polly says:

    HKT still steep at that price. No DPS in the good sale figures tho. KUL dicey for the foreseeable future maybe? Would be interested in ex EU prices. Will have a look later… even tho it’s risky atm. We have used these ex EU fares extensively over the past few years to retain our Silver. Been so useful. And even cancelled our BA 241 in F to Asia many times to buy their ex EU scandi sale fares.
    Also think at those prices lounge entry wouldn’t costs QR that much to allow access.
    However, their flexibility is amazing, and they have been flying non stop throughout the pandemic, to give them their due.
    Due to do SIN on BA in Nov then onto DPS. Mixed messages out of Bali atm. Here’s hoping, as feeling sorry also for locals depending on us visiting.
    LL and Cat, we finally had that wedding last Friday, 24 degrees, best!

    • Lady London says:

      Congratulations Polly. It was a long time waiting…!

      • Polly says:

        Tnx LL, it was fabulous. Now to get them all to Bali would be the icing on the cake, which my OH actually made, regularity topped up w brandy!

    • Michael C says:

      Polly, Bali is around 200 cases at the mo’, which they want to be around 30-40 to reopen.
      Relatives there have said vaccinating is going v well, with a view to receiving international tourism asap, so I’d say you have a decent shot at Nov.
      Any hotels/villa in mind?!

      • Polly says:

        Yes, got a 3 bed villa booked just outside Canggu . Hoped to take both daughters, their OHs, and 3 yo grandson w us. They are all on Y with avios on QR via DOH to DPS. whilst we go via SIN as l mentioned in F 241. Plus MAS via KUL. Probably need to change local routing.

        Actually Michael, we booked using that One Fine Stay offer Amex had a few months back. Had it on several cards and supplements. So booked as many nights as we could. Minimum stay was 2 nights per card. Nice discount.
        Meant to be a big birthday celebration for my OH. But it may end up being just us, which is sad. We so wanted them out w us.
        We are watching closely, and in touch with daughter’s friend who lives there, plus our local taxi driver keeps us posted. Fingers crossed.

        • Michael C says:

          Sounds spectacular, SO hope it goes ahead!

        • Paul says:

          Currently you cannot transit SIN on BA, only SQ! Hope it changes for you, my August sojourn to Bali IC just cancelled this week. 2nd year running 🙁
          Some very worry news coming out of Bali via The Bali Sun about both struggling population and crime. Very sad

          • Polly says:

            Paul, sorry to hear your trip cancelled, but not unexpected am sure. We are hoping for Nov, but quite prepare to have it all cancelled.
            Yes am aware cannot transit via SIN atm on BA, but hope it might open before Nov. If QR becomes amber, we might just go via their J flights. All up in the air, and hope we make it.
            More troubled by those reports of crime etc big increase. Locals literally have no income. One reason why we want to get there, and help support people we have known for years there.

  • James says:

    BKK for £2k is a bit steep for a sale price AND without lounge access.

    Still, I guess they expect the demand to be there.

    • Phillip says:

      I saw BRU-BKK on QR for €1500 recently.

      • Polly says:

        You did, where? From where?

        • Phillip says:

          On Qatar’s website. I was looking at April next year. They initially had it from Amsterdam, but then that went up, and then noticed Brussels.

  • PGW says:

    I’m seeing MAN-KUL for under £1.9k in January 2022 which would be a decent fare even if it wasn’t refundable. Who knows what the future holds but if I canget my money back an time I don’t see too much risk there.

  • Dev says:

    I’ve been in the secondary “First Class” lounge … whilst crap compared to Al Mourjan, it’s ok for a short 60-90 mins layover max!

    (They do have champagne on request!)

    Not the end of the world!

    • Polly says:

      Exactly. And there’s an awful lot of walking to do in Al Mourjan, which l guess is quite useful to prevent a DVT! We have had to stop eating in the AM, as we are so well fed on the actual flights….sometimes just have a juice and a coffee. Bit of a waste of a lounge visit.
      Mind you, the bendy beds are comfy enough for a 6 hr sleep if you didn’t want to fork out for a room. So, AM has its uses.

    • Phillip says:

      I do find that if flying at busy times, Al Mourjan gets so busy and despite the great listed facilities you really can’t enjoy them! Either can’t get a table, or a shower cubicle or a decent seat somewhere!

      • Polly says:

        Yes, we have had to queue many times for a table, given up and just sat in the comfy IT seating area. Suited just fine, as we were eating again in an hour or too.
        It might be feedback like this from pax, that influenced their new lounge policy. Folks paying full price, no seat, no service, might be a bit annoyed.

  • Zanderblue says:

    If you use “UEFA” in the promo/offer box, you’ll get another 15% off!

  • Andrew says:

    Now we just need Qatar to be removed from the red list and these flights might be viable…

    • ChrisW says:

      I do wonder if putting the ME3 on the red list is in part to try and protect BA and Virgin….

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