This post is just a quick update on what has become a very popular opportunity.
I’ve written about Qatar Airways’ insanely generous rebooking policy, allowing you to change your destination on a ticket by up to 5,000 miles. Readers have had incredible success with this, and if you check out the comments sections of the previous posts you’ll see just what has been possible.
The promotion lasted in its current form for a few days, but Qatar Airways has now added some major restrictions to this. It’s still potentially a good opportunity, but there’s more risk.
Here’s the addition to the terms & conditions that people should know about:
Rerouting for voluntary purposes (i.e. where there has been no flight disruption) is possible 14 (fourteen) days after making the booking. New flights must be booked in the same booking class (RBD), be operated by Qatar Airways and can be changed within the same country of origin and/or within a 5,000 (five thousand) mile radius from the original destination booking. If the same booking class is not available, a fare and taxes difference may apply.
Rerouting is not possible free of charge if the original booking was on a fifth freedom route not touching Doha (such as PNH-SGN and vice versa; GRU-EZE and vice versa).
In other words:
- You can now only voluntarily change your destination 14 days after making your booking; you can’t make a booking and call five minutes later to change your destination and save thousands of dollars
- The same booking class needs to be available, so you now need to find alternative flights that have the same fare class available as what you originally booked; previously you could be rebooked as long as there was any availability, even if the fare class was much higher
- You can’t reroute if you book a fifth freedom flight; for example, you can’t book Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City and reroute from Phnom Penh to Doha to Sydney
Frankly I don’t consider any of these conditions to necessarily be total deal breakers — you can still make a booking and make a change in 14 days. There should still be plenty of availability, and it shouldn’t be impossible to find your original fare class for most dates.
Of course this assumes that Qatar Airways doesn’t change the rules again, which isn’t implausible…
While this Qatar Airways promotion isn’t quite as generous as it previously was, it’s still ridiculously generous. You can voluntarily change your destination by up to 5,000 miles, but you just can’t do so within 14 days of when you made your booking.