Qatar Airways Is Rewarding Passengers Who Don’t Take A Refund

In a move to preserve capital and reward passengers, Qatar is amending its refund policy to incentivize travelers. Passengers who opt to receive a travel voucher, in lieu of a refund, will receive a 10% bonus on top of their fare cost. This news comes as Qatar continues to operate over 150 daily flights.

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Qatar is hoping that passengers choose to travel later rather than request refunds. Photo: Getty Images

Unofficial flag carrier

Qatar Airways is one of the few airlines still flying to a substantial number of locations. As of writing, Qatar is flying to 70 destinations with 150 daily flights, making it the largest carrier by destinations. While this a far cry from its prior capacity, it is impressive considering some of the largest carriers in the world have parked most of their fleets.

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Qatar is serving as an unofficial flag carrier, carrying passengers from all over the world back to their homes. Photo: Getty Images

However, operating so many flights at this time would mean negligible demand on many routes. For example, according to travel YouTuber Nonstop Dan on Instagram, Qatar’s flight from Doha to Ho Chi Minh had one passenger on board, while Colombo had zero passengers yesterday. Qatar continues to fly to hard-hit countries including Germany, France, and South Korea. This has allowed many stranded citizens to return to their home countries from all over the world, as governments rapidly shut down borders.

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Qatar’s decision to continue flying so many routes comes as its Middle-East competitors are forced to shut down. Emirates, Etihad, and Oman Air have all suspended commercial flights, allowing Qatar to take over many of their passengers (however Qatar is still under a blockade by its neighbors). For now, it’s safe to say that Qatar is leading the ME3.

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Financial concerns mount

Qatar’s new incentivization policy is born out of a need to preserve capital. With the 10% bonus, travelers may opt to book fresh tickets now, or later, with the voucher, which might be tempting considering fares right now. This allows Qatar to save millions by not having to shell out individual refunds. While most would rather have their money back, some may use this to fly when things have calmed down.

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Qatar has been forced to cut capacity by 75% and ground its A380 fleet. Photo: Airbus

While Qatar has done a remarkable job ensuring essential travel continues, this will come with huge financial costs. Qatar has already grounded its A380 fleet and cut 75% of its routes, a move in line with other major carriers. The carrier has also begun laying off staff to control costs and could take more drastic steps in the coming weeks.

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Overall

Qatar’s new policy will help both passengers and the airline in the short term. Passengers who still wish to travel will be able to do so, while the airline preserves crucial capital. Government restrictions have forced many carriers to cut operations, but Qatar continues to live up to its slogan. However, the airline has been forced to take many cost-cutting measures and could take more if the situation drags on, including cutting its current route map.

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Ama Walker

We (a family of 5) have booked to fly to Spain on Emirates in June. They are saying that under no circumstances will they refund our money on flights that have cancelled. As much as we would like to support the airlines at this time, pushing vouchers which we can… Read more »

Clint Dimatatac

Did qatar still sending passenger to MANILA up to now, How about transsiting to qatar is ok.. I mean no any quarantine issue for transit passenger?

Tara Senanayake

I have bought 4 tickets on Qatar airlines to fly to London in May. However as we cannot travel, we would like a refund. Can someone please advice us how to get it

Krishna gurung

Hi I have ticket from Kathmandu to brussels on 1st April I want to change my fly date.i tried to contact so many times to qtar airways office Kathmandu but they does not answer what sud I do?

Amanullah Mohammed

It’s a good news that Qatar Airways are giving money refunds. until recently it was only giving vouchers. Are you sure they will refund my money upon cancellation?? I am afraid that upon cancellation of my ticket online it may suddenly display the voucher

Sergei

Hello, please change us the departure city of Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh city, there is an epidemic in Bangkok, do not let us in! With hope. Sergei
We are located in Vietnam