When it comes to hard product, Qatar Airways has some of the most premium Business Class products on their planes, which makes it one of the airlines I do like to fly a lot on. Qatar Airways QSuites have been industry-leading Business Class products and their reverse herringbone business class product is also very comfortable.
Needless to say, a trip with Qatar Airways on business class also entitles you to access to their exclusive lounge in Doha, which is a fabulous lounge, however only J Class customers get access and not oneworld elites travelling economy who are sent to a separate lounge created for them.
Earlier this week, Executive Traveller got a statement from a Qatar Airways spokesperson, which stated that all reward tickets would be classified as Business Class Classic under their new unbundled business class fares and hence won’t be provided advance seat assignment and lounge access. This obviously took the sheen off from the Business Class travels a bit.
Qatar Airways has now confirmed to OneMileAtATime that their advice was incorrect. In a statement, they said,
We have also not made any changes to award ticket policies as a result of fare family changes. Our valued Qatar Airways Privilege Club members booking a Business Class award flight will receive the same benefits as before including complimentary lounge access and seat allocation.
The sheen of grabbing a Qatar Airways business class reward seat is not gone. It still comes along with picking your favourite window seat (reverse facing is mine), along with access to lounges afforded to other business-class travellers on Qatar Airways. The miscommunication is sorted, and the world is in order again.
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