Yesterday I wrote about the new +Qatar program in Doha, offering a complimentary visa and hotel room for transit passengers. Here’s how to take advantage of this free offer.
- Free transit hotel program runs through 30 September 2017
- Valid for new bookings made by 31 August 2017
- Flights must be booked on qatarairways.com and be on Qatar Airways (no codeshares)
- Transit must be a minimum of 12 hours
How to Book a Free Transit Hotel in Doha
1. Book your multi-city ticket with transit in Doha with Qatar Airways
Select the ‘Multi-city’ option when searching for your flights on qatarairways.com, and click on the ‘Add another flight’ button to add your stopover in Doha:
Add Doha to your itinerary during your outbound or inbound journey:
After including Doha as one of your stops, select the flights for your trip then click ‘Continue’:
Review your flights, and click on ‘Continue’ to complete your booking:
2. Apply for your free transit visa
Simply enter your booking reference number and last name to begin the process. Remember, the free transit visa (and hotel) is one for Qatar Airways flights on Qatar Airways issued tickets.
3. Book your +Qatar offer with Discover Qatar
After booking your flight, you can also confirm your free hotel room. You’ll have three choices: +Qatar Premium, Luxury, or Ultimate. I detail the choices here.
If you are flying in business or first class, your five star hotel is complimentary. This includes 18 hotels. Unfortunately, the Grand Hyatt Doha is not one of the choices.
If your hotel is available, you’ll see a price of $0 indicated ($50 if you take advantage of the +Qatar Ultimate package) and can fill in the details and make the reservation. You will need to enter your ticket number into the reservation. I would assume that if you cancel your ticket your hotel reservation will also be canceled.
Follow the steps above to enjoy a free hotel during your extended transit in Doha. While Doha is frankly one of the most boring places in the world, spending a night or two at a luxury hotel with great restaurants and shopping is still probably worthwhile.