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Qatar Rebooking Policy
My wife and I had plans to take our honeymoon to South Africa in September and had flights booked before COVID hit. We’re postponing the trip by a year and I was able to get a refund on the flights we had booked.
In reading your post about Qatar’s generous rebooking policy, I’m wondering if there’s a way to take advantage of it by rebooking ourselves on placeholder flights (before 12/31/20) with any random dates, then waiting the 14 days to voluntarily change the destination.
For example, I’m looking at booking JFK-ATH roundtrip (via DOH) for random dates in August 2020. After waiting the 14 days, we’d be eligible to change it to DFW-JNB roundtrip (via DOH) for any dates we want in the future (once September 2021 calendar opens), assuming there’s availability in the same class. We live in Dallas, and the policy permits us to change the city of origin, as long as it’s in the same country and also allows us to change the destination within a 5000 mile radius. JNB is within 5000 miles of ATH. Doing so would allow us to essentially fly 2 for 1.
Wondering if you see any caveats here. Thanks!
Hi Daniel, I like where your head is at, but you’re going to be limited due to your travel dates. If you want to actually fly in September 2021, then these are your rebooking options:
[*]You can hold onto your ticket value for two years from the date of issuance, so you can travel at a later date
[*]You can exchange your ticket for a future travel credit, and get a further 10% bonus
The free rebooking and such only applies if you are traveling by December 31, 2020