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Yes, $1,642.37 for International Business Class Round Trip on Qatar Airways is Possible — But Should You Take Advantage of a Generous Change Policy?

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You can purchase a ticket for a seat in the business class cabin on a flight between Philadelphia and Kiev which is operated by Qatar Airways — which includes having access to airport lounges and the Qsuite product aboard the airplane — for as little as $1,642.37 round trip, which is an amazing deal…

Yes, $1,642.37 for International Business Class Round Trip on Qatar Airways is Possible — But Should You Take Advantage of a Generous Change Policy?

…but should you do it?

This is not a mistake fare or an error fare — this is a promotional airfare for being a passenger in a seat in the business class cabin aboard flights which are marketed and operated by Qatar Airways.

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: Qatar Airways.

The dates which have been chosen in this example are for the outbound flight on Monday, November 30, 2020, with the return flight on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: Qatar Airways.

The layover time for both flights is enough to spend overnight in Doha.

This fare becomes far more interesting with the incredibly generous policy with changing your ticket — as long as it is booked by Wednesday, September 30, 2020 — as outlined here

You can change your travel date or destination free of charge, as often as you need, for travel until 31 December 2020. You can change your origin to another city within the same country or any other destination we fly to within a 5,000 mile radius of your original destination.

Call any of our offices or contact centres to rebook.

…as well as in this official document of passenger guidelines from Qatar Airways pertaining to rerouting on flights operated by Qatar Airways:

May reroute within the same country as original embarkation point and/or within 5,000 (five thousand) mile radius from original disembarkation (turnaround) point

This apparently means that if you want to fly between Atlanta and Athens instead of between Philadelphia and Kiev, you can change the itinerary as many times as you like without paying any extra charges or fees.

At the time this article was written, the aforementioned business class fare was still available.

Keep in mind that the generous unlimited change policy is due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, which has thrown an inordinate amount of uncertainty into the travel industry in 2020 — including the restrictions imposed by each country upon its visitors — so before you travel, ensure that you are updated with the latest information about the country or countries which you plan on visiting by using the following two resources:

What If You Cannot Use the Ticket After All?

If you cannot use the ticket after all once it has been purchased, you have several other options available to you which are provided by Qatar Airways.

  • Hold on to your ticket for two years Keep your ticket and use it when you are ready with our extended ticket validity, now valid for 2 years from the date of ticket issuance for greater flexibility.
  • Earn 100 Qmiles for every dollar spent Swap your ticket for Qmiles and redeem them towards reward flights, extra baggage or cabin upgrades when the time is right. For every 1 USD, you will earn 100 Qmiles that are valid for at least three years, so you can have the flexibility to choose how, when and for whom to redeem them.
  • Exchange your ticket for future travel You can exchange your ticket for a future travel voucher with 10% additional value. Vouchers are now valid for two years from the date of voucher issuance.
  • Refund your ticket You will receive a full refund of your ticket to the original form of payment if your flight gets cancelled.


Success stories have been reported at both One Mile at a Time — where Ben Schlappig first reported on this deal — and View From The Wing, although I have no idea what is an “amazeball”…

…and I would be lying if I told you that I had not thought about taking advantage of both the deal and the generous change policy myself — but although it may not necessarily be clearly and obviously unethical or immoral, is taking advantage of the combination of both still the right thing to do?

Would taking advantage of both the business class deal and the unlimited change policy through December 31, 2020 be yet another example of why deals in the travel industry in general have been fewer and policies have been more restrictive in recent years?

Your thoughts are welcome. Please post them in the Comments section below.

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  1. NO! Skip supporting one of the largest state sponsors of terrorism!

    As of May 2014, the company is fully owned by the Qatari government.[110] Qatar Airways has been fully controlled by the government since July 2013,[111] following the buyout of a 50% stake from a former foreign minister and other shareholders.[112] As of July 2018, the Qatar Airways Group employs more than 45,000 people; 32,000 of them work directly for the airline.[6] Qatar Airways is as of February 2020 the largest shareholder in International Airlines Group (IAG) with 25.1% of the shares.[113]

  2. Yes, I would do it. And I even thought about doing it. The airline needs your money-they would not make the offer if they didn’t need the money. So if you feel safe traveling, absolutely, buy and switch to what you can. I still might. The thing that stopped me is I wanted to use it to go to Thailand, and I don’t think you can get to Thailand yet. Thailand was talking about letting tourists fly right to Koh Samui or Phuket, but they didn’t say if you could fly to Bangkok and then onward.

  3. If you have to ask if it’s moral… you already know the answer….

    I’m going to book a couple J class seats on Qatar for JNB-DOH-DEL, but, that’s what I intend to fly.
    I’m not going to try to get something better than that.

    Honestly, is still a thing, even if media, politicians and BLOGGERS don’t practice it anymore.

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