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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)

  • Susan says:

    So book a flight you don’t want, apply for a refund at 110% and then book the flight you do with the enhanced voucher? What am I missing?

    • YC says:

      Rinse and repeat?

    • Ls says:

      Do it 48 times on a £10k tickets, and you’ll get £1million. Do it 100 times and you can buy the airline. Must work like that, right?

    • Andrew says:

      Presumably don’t get another 10% added if you’re already using a voucher?

    • Bagoly says:

      Prices will have gone up.

  • Ls says:

    Nope. Doesn’t work for me. >£3k for LON to HRE, the cancellation policy doesn’t match, and I certainly won’t be touching without lounge access.

  • John says:

    Before covid never had a problem finding sale flights not too far in advance, I don’t see why this will change. Not doing maybe bookings.

  • SwissNigel says:

    Love the work you do HfP, and read everyday. Have always been in wonder of the great contributions and felt inadequate to comment, but for once I think that I have something offer ! I believe that you do not earn an extra 10% of what you spent when taking a voucher. The 10% is on the ‘base fare’ not the total. A minor point, because it is still ‘money for nothing’ in effect, but just to allow clarity. Thanks for the great work all.

  • Des says:

    At those prices with no lounge access, no thanks!

    • Paul says:

      Don’t get me wrong, I love a nice lounge as much as anyone else, and perhaps you mean more that the prices aren’t great rather than particularly the lounge access is a make or break, but I am far more interested in the onboard comfort for a 12+ hour flight than where I’ll spend an hour before the flight, and whether I’ll get free drink and snacks… being 6’6″, essentially, the seat is the be all and end all.

      • AJA says:

        That’s all very well but I’ve noticed some of the changes at DOH result in a pretty lengthy stopover in excess of 4 hours. I don’t fancy doing that without lounge access.

        I think lounge access is part of the business class package, along with fast track and separate check in. What Qatar (and now Finnair) is doing is akin to buying a car but having to pay extra for the steering wheel.

        • Aston100 says:

          I feel the example should be a car without a massage seat function.
          Nice to have, but doesn’t prevent you getting to your destination.

          • Dubious says:

            I feel the example of “a car without a massage seat function” is more appropriate when comparing economy to business class.

  • N says:

    This looks interesting – I’m looking to travel to the US but want some security on the ticket as the US is currently on the Amber list and I don’t want to have to pay a hefty cancellation fee if I can’t travel

    Is it feasible to book a BA flight from LHR to the US on the Qatar Airways website and get it fully refundable that way? or is that too hopeful?!

    • Rob says:

      No, not possible. The only BA flights you can book are the ones to Doha which are codeshares.

      • N says:

        thanks Rob. do you know of any insurance carriers that will cover cancellations if you book a flight to the US while it’s on the amber list? just trying to think of my options. i’d ideally like to book before the travel corridor opens as i assume the prices will skyrocket

        • Rob says:

          Voluntary cancellations – no-one, given the restrictions were in place on the day you booked.

          This sort of thing is what Avios are for!

  • Smid says:

    I don’t regard Qatar as selling Business Class for their lower fares now, due to paid seat reservations and no lounges. It’s a form of Premier Economy without the price reduction.

    • John says:

      For the same price if you offered me a flat bed but none of the extras, vs a PE seat plus lounge etc I’d take the flat bed

      • Polly says:

        Yes, flatbed the most important part of our journey, plus the fabulous on board cuisine and champers. And if long connections with no shorter ones, the free hotel night. QR Most specific about the latter point.

      • Smid says:

        “For the same price” is the point here. They cut the product and not the price, so you’re still paying low discount business prices, and lost half the stuff.

        Business seat without lounge is Business-. Fine if there was minus the sort of price you’d pay for the lounge, and priced like PE, but it isn’t.

        There is no PE+, with lounge, if there was, it would be more expensive and nobody would pay for it.

  • LS says:

    Quite annoyed with Qatar. Spent > 1 hour on the phone trying to get them to change my complimentary teacher/medic ticket (they are meant to be fully flexible), and they said there aren’t any flights available at any point in the future I can change it to. But offered to change it to any flight I wanted, at a cost of £800 ish. Total con.

    • Polly says:

      HUACA, try to get the polish call centre, really helpful….

      • LS says:

        How can I get the Polish centre? Any number to ring? Any time to try?
        Thanks

        • Polly says:

          You really have to keep calling until The Polish centre answers. Finish at 5pm U.K. time. I usually asks which call centre l am through to. If it’s Doha l mumble something and try again.

      • Aston100 says:

        No. Qatar are absolutely useless in regards to the teacher promo.
        There isn’t any availability in w class during English school holidays, and there hasn’t been for a long time.
        They have no solution.

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