Qatar Air­ways re­moves lounge ac­cess on QMiles up­grades

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Qatar Air­ways pas­sen­gers up­grad­ing their flight us­ing Priv­i­lege Club QMiles will no longer re­ceive the lounge ac­cess as­so­ci­ated with the up­graded cabin, under a new rule an­nounced by the car­rier.

The QMiles re­demp­tion sec­tion of the air­line’s web­site con­firms that “bag­gage allowance and lounge ac­cess will be provided as per orig­i­nally tick­eted cabin” — a con­di­tion that was made ef­fec­tive on Fe­bru­ary 5.

It means that, un­less the cus­tomer is el­i­gi­ble for lounge ac­cess through their loy­alty tier sta­tus, an econ­omy pas­sen­ger up­grad­ing to busi­ness class will no longer re­ceive ac­cess to Qatar Air­ways’ busi­ness class lounges world­wide.

Equally a trav­eller up­grad­ing from busi­ness to first class will no longer gain ac­cess to the car­rier’s first class lounges, in­clud­ing the exclusive Al Safwa fa­cil­ity in Doha.

This new re­stric­tion is be­ing ap­plied to up­grades made at any point af­ter tick­et­ing, whether re­deemed via QMiles or QCred­its.

Last year Qatar Air­ways and other Gulf car­ri­ers in­clud­ing Emi­rates be­gan al­low­ing econ­omy pas­sen­gers to pay for lounge ac­cess at se­lected fa­cil­i­ties.

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