Update, 5/17: Qatar is no longer selling flights between the US and Kiev.
Additionally, new terms have been added:
- You must now wait 14 days after booking until you can change your flight.
- You must now book into the same booking class on the new flight of else the fare difference will apply.
- Rerouting is no longer allowed if you originally booked a 5th freedom flight that doesn’t connect in Doha, such as Sao Paulo-Buenos Aires.
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Qatar introduced a travel with confidence policy for tickets booked by 9/30/20 that is absurdly generous.
- Your ticket is valid for 2 years.
- If you travel by 12/31/20 you can make unlimited free changes.
- If you travel by 12/31/20 you can change the origin city to anywhere within your country without paying the difference in fare, as often as you want.
- If you travel by 12/31/20 you can change the destination city to anywhere within 5,000 miles of your original destination without paying the difference in fare, as often as you want.
- You can cancel your ticket you will get a voucher worth 10% more than you paid.
- You can exchange your ticket into miles at a cost of 1 cent per mile.
- You can get a refund if your flight is cancelled.
So what does that practically mean?
You can book a flight on Qatar from JFK to Kiev from 11/2-11/9 for $1,657 in business class.
After booking, you can call Qatar at 877-777-2827 and:
- Change the dates to any dates in 2020 for free.
- Change to origin city to: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, or Washington DC for free.
- Change the destination city to places within 5,000 miles of Kiev such as:
- Baku, Azerbaijan
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Beijing or Shanghai, China
- Delhi or Mumbai, India
- Hong Kong
- Male, Maldives
- Yangon, Myanmar
- Doha, Qatar
- Mahe, Seychelles
- Seoul, South Korea
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Kilimanjaro or Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or Phuket, Thailand
- Entebbe, Uganda
- Da Nang or Hanoi, Vietnam
Using GCMap.com you can check the mileage distance, and you can see that anything in the light area is within 5,000 miles of Kiev:
- If you want to fly farther out, such as to Johannesburg, you could book a flight from Philadelphia to Bucharest for $2,436.
Anything in the light area is within 5,000 miles of Bucharest:
- If you want to fly farther out, such as to Melbourne, Tokyo, or Sydney, you could book a flight from Chicago to Bangkok for $2,804
Anything in the light area is within 5,000 miles of Bangkok:
This will work in coach too. For example a flight from JFK to Beirut is $580, but you can change the destination from anywhere in the US to anywhere within 5,000 miles from Beirut. That would cover Cape Town to Hong Kong!
Anything in the light area is within 5,000 miles of Beirut:
There are many more examples of how to best use this, so post your comments on what you find!
Will you fly anywhere with Qatar’s travel with confidence fare?