I’ve never ridden the award-winning Qatar Airways but I thought this is a great promotion and it would be a sin not to share with my readers: an adult booking a flight to the Middle East by August 27, 2011 pays zero fare up to two kids. Only travel taxes and surcharges shall apply.
The promo, meant to encourage family holidays, is good to use in the following destinations: Abu Dhabi, Aleppo, Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Damascus, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat and Riyadh – all in the Middle East.
Here’s the complete fine print: (via Qatar Airways website)
Ticket holders must fly between August 1 2011 to August 31 2011.
– Book one adult ticket and pay taxes and surcharges for up to two kids (children or infants)
– Book two adults tickets and pay taxes and surcharges for up to four kids (children or infants)
– Child fare will have a base of zero. Only taxes and surcharges to be paid
– A nominal fare may be applied in some countries, which may range between $10 and $40
– Valid for Economy Class travel only
– Tickets are not valid for purchase from the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Greece, Iran, Japan, Jordon, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey & the UAE
– Seats are limited so I guess this is first come, first served
In the meantime, controversy continues over the decision of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to ban babies in the first class section of its A380s and B747-400s flying certain routes. Parents of the babies will have to choose the business and economy sections instead.
Malaysia Airlines CEO Tengku Azmil reasoned out that the policy is meant to please passengers who pay a premium to be on first class and cannot possibly be disturbed by crying infants.
Mr. Azmil said on his Twitter: ” i think it’s part of the QC (quality control) that people tend to ignore. Paying a premium means getting luxury service = no crying babies ”
He added: ” personally I think the baby ban is inevitable and necessary-until a hi tech soundproof baby pod is developed, the ban should stay.”
I really have no objection with this Malaysia Airlines policy. It’s a business decision they had to make to address the needs of a premium customer segment.
On another note, I am not really in favor of travelling with babies on long-haul flights, unless the situation is absolutely necessary. If travelling long distances can be gruelling for adults like you and me, how much more infants? Aren’t you punishing yourself too by coping with the effects of a flight and taking care of a baby too?
What I really mean is: there’s a time in the future to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Eiffel Tower. A time when your child can probably appreciate what he or she is seeing.
Just saying 😀