Qatar Airways Devalues Privilege Club Upgrades, Restricts Lounge Access

Feb 7, 2018

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Qatar Airways is further limiting what passengers are permitted to enter its lounges and get preferred baggage perks. For tickets issued after February 5, 2018, the Doha-based carrier will not allow passengers who have upgraded to a premium cabin using Qmiles or Qpoints to receive baggage and lounge access benefits of that cabin. Instead, passengers who upgrade using points will get the same baggage and lounge access benefits of the class of the original ticket purchased — not that of the upgraded ticket.

As reported by One Mile at a Time, those upgrading from economy to business class with points will no longer have access to the Al Mourjan Lounge in Doha (DOH). And for those upgrading from business to first class (or from economy to first class on short-haul routes in the region), you’ll no longer get access to the Al Safwa Lounge in DOH.

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Qatar’s Al Mourjan Lounge in Doha. Image by Mitch Berman / The Points Guy.

As OMAAT notes, in November 2017, Qatar stopped allowing passengers to enter their upgraded ticket’s lounges when they upgraded on the same day of departure. So, this new policy further restricts lounge access and baggage perks for passengers who use points or miles to upgrade at all.

From a passenger perspective, this is a pretty unfortunate devaluation from Qatar and its Qatar Airways Privilege Club program. While those who have upgraded their ticket to a more premium cabin using miles are no longer eligible to get the upgraded cabin’s perks, passengers who book a full award ticket are still eligible for baggage benefits and lounge access. So, for now, you’re still granted all of the perks when flying on an award ticket — it’s only upgraded tickets using points that are being excluded. Hopefully we don’t see those perks go away in the future.

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