Qatar Airways is gifting 100,000 complimentary return flights to healthcare workers from Australia and around the world, valid for travel to any destination in Qatar Airways’ global network – and with a companion in tow.
Open to doctors, nurses, paramedics, medical practitioners, pharmacists, lab technicians and clinical researchers, those eligible can register their details via the Qatar Airways website.
"To ensure the application process is fair and transparent, each country will receive a daily allocation of tickets, depending on its population size, staggered over a seven day period from 12 to 18 May," the airline says.
Each daily allocation of tickets will be released at 12:01am Doha time – that's 7:01am on Australia's east coast – throughout the campaign period.
The winning applicants will receive an email from Qatar Airways containing a promotion code which can be used to make a booking via the airline’s website.
“We at Qatar Airways are incredibly grateful for the commitment and hard work of healthcare professionals around the world who looked after people in these times of uncertainty,” said Qatar Airways Group CEO, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker.
“We hope that our small offer of a complimentary return flight on Qatar Airways will allow them to enjoy a well-deserved holiday, visit family and friends or explore a destination they have always dreamed of, as travel restrictions start to ease.”
How to book free Qatar Airways flights for healthcare workers
Armed with a promo code, travellers can secure their seats via the Qatar Airways website, entering the code during the booking process to void the fare price and any surcharges.
Any applicable government taxes will remain payable by the passenger, and travel will be in economy class.
Flights must be booked by November 26 2020, for departure by December 10 2020.
However, “if restrictions on travel still apply for certain nationals leaving their countries in December, we will make a special exemption to extend the validity” of the ticket, a Qatar Airways spokesperson confirmed to Executive Traveller.
Given the uncertain nature of international leisure travel as well, all tickets will be fully flexible, with recipients able to make an unlimited number of destination or date changes without paying any change fees.
At airport check-in, the healthcare worker will need to present their employee ID or other suitable documents for verification. This should match the information supplied during the application process for the tickets.
Eligible healthcare workers will also receive a 35% discount voucher to redeem at Qatar Duty Free outlets at Doha’s Hamad International Airport: Qatar Airways’ home hub.
Qatar Airways has continued to offer international connecting flights throughout the coronavirus crisis, but does plan to reduce the size of its fleet by 25% – and park its Airbus A380 superjumbos for at least a year, if not indefinitely – in line with reduced travel demand.