Qatar Airways launched back in May an interesting stopover package program with +Qatar (Qatar Tourism authority) to try get passengers flying on the airline to stay few nights in the city as well. This program was supposed to end on September 30th but was first extended until December 30th and now until April 30, 2018 (you must buy your airline ticket by February 28).
Passengers are eligible for a free transit visa for up to 96 hours (those that don’t already qualify for a one) and a complimentary hotel stay for a day. Passengers can buy an additional one night for $100 under this promotion.
You can access this offer on Qatar’s website here.
You need to book your ticket on Qatar’s website (any OTAs should work too) using multi-city function and schedule a stopover or long transit in the city. You can then (you can actually check the availability in advance using the link above) book the hotel for the duration of your stay (max two nights). You are obviously free to stay longer by booking hotels directly outside of this offer.
Previously, the price of the second night was only $50 and business/first class passengers were eligible for higher quality hotels but that doesn’t seem to be case anymore.
Here are list of hotels currently participating:
You will see the confirmation online and Qatar will also email that to the address used. The email contains also the more detailed T&Cs of the program.
Not a surprise that Qatar has decided to extend this offer for the second time now through end of April 2018, although you must buy the ticket by February 28. The hotels in the country are hurting due to the blockage and the occupancy rates are hovering around 50%. Better to get passengers to spend some time in the country and use F&B and other services ($$$$).
The Museum if Islamic Art is worth a visit just for the architecture alone. The main souk that is within short walk from the museum is nice in the evening. Then there are the very well air-conditioned malls…. And you certainly don’t go Doha for the nightlife if you have other choices.
Qatar has removed the more luxurious hotel options for business and first class passengers. Now, everyone choose from the same set of hotels. My first choice would have been Westin that I have not tried out yet but it wasn’t available on this date. Decided to go for the Marriott (used to be Renaissance previously) that has good location right in the city center and is also attached to a mall.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Qatar would extend this offer once again. Summer is coming and the temperatures raising in the gulf…..