Oneworld member Qatar Airways solemnly offers discounted fares to its home base in Doha. A rare occasion are the €1,044 round trips the airline sells with departure from Helsinki. You can choose between two daily flights between Finland and the Middle East, although we expect flight plans worldwide to be cut down in the future. Travel dates are available up until June 2021.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Qatar Airways plans to operate two daily flights between Doha and Helsinki. An Airbus A350-900 should be the plane on which you’ll be flying.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
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The fare rules for this flight are not very restrictive, as they give no limitation regarding a travel or sales period. A minimum stay of at least 3 days (or a night from Saturday to Sunday) applies as well as a maximum stay of one month. Availability at the lowest fare is almost daily from January onward.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Qatar Airways issues these tickets in booking class R. You can earn 280 tier points in British Airways Executive Club, bringing you close to the 300 TP threshold for Oneworld Ruby tier. Further, you can credit the flight with the following airlines:
- 10,990 on Finnair Plus
- 6,830 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 6,830 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 6,830 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 6,830 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 6,830 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 6,830 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 6,830 on British Airways Executive Club
- 6,830 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 6,830 on Asia Miles
- 6,830 on Iberia Plus
- 5,460 on LATAM Pass
- 5,460 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 5,460 on American AAdvantage
- 5,460 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 5,460 on SriLankan FlySmiles
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