Qatar Airways Unbundles Business Class Fares

Qatar Airways is now offering unbundled business classic fares without lounge access and advance seat reservations at reduce price as part of their new fare structure. Business class fares will now be offered in three fare families – Classic, Comfort and Elite.

Your Guide to Qatar Airways Unbundled Business Classic Fares

Unbundling Business Class Fares

Qatar Airways business class fares has always included lounge access and advance seat reservations as a standard benefit. With the recent launch of a new simplified fare structure, a new Classic fare was introduced which unbundles these two privileges.

The new Business Class fares will have three fare families – Classic, Comfort and Elite. Irrespective of type of fare booked, guests will enjoy the basic benefits – check-in baggage, hand baggage, priority baggage, and priority boarding. Business class seat on the aircraft is standard that includes inflight dining, refreshments, and entertainment.

Fare and Benefit Comparison

Forgoing benefits like airport lounge access and advance seat selection, the Qatar Airways Business Classic Fares are price below Comfort and Elite fare families.

Here is the fare and benefit comparison for return Business Class fare from Kuala Lumpur to London for travel March 2021.

Fare TypeBusiness ClassicBusiness ComfortBusiness Elite
FareMYR11,678MYR15,741MYR23,793
Check-in baggage40kgs40kgs40kgs
Hand baggage2 pieces, total weight 15kgs2 pieces, total weight 15kgs2 pieces, total weight 15kgs
Cancellation FeeMYR1,008MYR535Free
RefundVoucherVoucherVoucher
Seat selectionOnline check-in or at airportAnytimeAnytime
Lounge accessPaidFreeFree

The Classic fare will allow guests to enjoy savings of RM4063 when compared to Comfort fare and RM12,115 against the Elite fare.

Lounge Access

Airport lounge access is not included in the Classic fare. Here are several options that guests can still relax in the lounge prior to their flight.

Purchase Qatar Airways Lounge Access

Business Class guest can purchase access to Qatar’s Al Mourjan lounge for QAR450 or around MYR510. The price might seem steep but considering the price difference between Classic and Comfort fares, purchasing lounge access is still a savings.

Qatar Airways also sells entry to its Al Safwa first class lounge at QAR600 or around MYR680, a more exclusive lounge for premium and elite travelers.

Lounge Access by Frequent Flyer Status

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum and Oneworld Emerald frequent flyer members are given complimentary access to the first-class lounge. Gold, Silver and Oneworld Sapphire members can access the Business Class Lounge.

Seat Selection

Besides lounge access, advance seat selection is another benefit not included in the Classic fare. However, frequent flyers with Elite status are still able to select seats at time of booking.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold and Platinum members as well as Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members can select their seating even when purchasing the Classic fare.

All other travelers on the Classic fare will be able to choose their seat when online check-in opens 48 hours before departure or at the airport. As there are no middle seats on Qatar Airways Business Class, selecting seats during check-in should not be a problem for solo travelers.

Refunds

All Qatar Airways Business Class fares are refundable to travel voucher and cash. For cash refunds, the cancellation fee applies. For guests planning to travel with Qatar Airways, it is best to refund as travel voucher for full value of their booking with no deduction of cancellation fee.

Travel voucher is valid for 24 months from the date of issue with no restriction on travel dates. If the new flight value is lower than the voucher value, any unused credit will be issued to another voucher for future use.,

Frequent Flyer Miles

Qatar Airways frequent flyer will earn Qmiles based on the fare purchased. A one-way flight from Kuala Lumpur to London will earn:

Fare TypeBusiness ClassicBusiness ComfortBusiness Elite
Qmiles86351208913816

Conclusion

The price of Classic fare is appealing especially for guests whose frequent flyer status provides lounge access and advance seating reservations. The Qatar Airways Classic fares are bookable online at Leisure Holidays Travel.

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