Qatar Airways has rightly faced a good deal of criticism recently for being less than forthcoming with refunds that passengers are entitled to and for being unnecessarily opaque and hurried when it comes to how it has been dealing with elite status extensions...but the airline is in the road to redemption.
We have already seen IHG Rewards Club lower its elite status thresholds for 2020 and Hilton Honors has also confirmed that it's reviewing its elite status requirements for 2020 but, up until yesterday (and with the exception of Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific), we hadn't heard any of the major airlines making statements about the situation surrounding elite status qualification and elite benefits. Qatar Airways just changed that.
Qatar Airways has announced that, with immediate effect, Platinum-tier Privilege Club members may access the Al Safwa First Class lounge in Doha free of charge when traveling in Business Class.
Qatar Airways has now published its latest set of Easy Deals which cover travel up to the busy Holiday period (the Holidays are not included) and, as usual, there are some very good redemption opportunities to be had and discounts on multiple Qsuite routes.
Back in June travelers could use Qatar Airways Easy Deals to fly Business Class between Europe and Doha for just 21,000 miles and in July you could book 17+ hours in Qatar Airways Qsuites for just 54,250 miles....and now Easy Deals are back!
Qatar Airways Easy Deals are the airline's discounted award fares that work along similar lines to Flying Blue's Promo Awards. I've only recently started paying attention to these deals and I'm already wishing I'd noticed how good they can be some time ago - if you can make the routings to/from Doha work for you there are some amazing deals to be had.
Qatar Airways Easy Deals are the airline's discounted award fares that work along similar lines to Flying Blue's Promo Awards. I haven't really paid much attention to these deals in the past but having seen some of the deals on offer right now they're definitely something I'll be keeping an eye out for in the future - there's great value to be had here.
Qatar Airways is in the midst of a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale in which it’s offering US flyers decent discounts on select routes and it’s also throwing in a nice chunk of bonus Qmiles for Privilege Club members.
Qatar Airways may not have posted any of its amazing Business Class deals recently but at least the airline it making some sort of effort in honor of Black Friday/Cyber Monday - UK flyers can earn triple or quadruple Qmiles for booking made over the next few days and there are a fee Economy Class deals on offer too.
I've always considered Qatar Airways to be the better of the 3 big Middle Eastern carriers - less "bling" than Emirates, less penny-pinching than Etihad and offering a better Business Class product than both. But now the airline has gone and done something that cheapens the brand and, frankly, doesn't make much sense.
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