Qatar Airways have gone ahead and unbundled their business class product, with the reduced cost tickets losing some perks. Namely there is no longer lounge access for these tickets, nor is there seat selection.
One thing that people have commented on is the price difference between the lowest fare and the next one. Sometimes it is a lot and sometimes it is a relatively small amount.
Lounge Access Cost
At Doha, Qatar Airways operate the Al Mourjan Business Class lounge, which is reserved for ticketed business class passengers. Having a oneworld Sapphire or Emerald card will not get you access.
With lounge access being dropped from the Classic fare type, frequent flyers have been commenting on how much more it will cost to upgrade to the Comfort fare, which includes lounge access.
The thing is, you can purchase access to the lounge. While the pricing is not available on the web site, when you have a ticket, you can get the prices through an option in Manage Booking.
350 QAR comes out at US$95, €81, £73 and AU$132, which I feel is a reasonable price for the lounge. It is routinely considered one of the best business class lounges in the world, with a proper sit down restaurant among other things.
The length of your transit through Doha is going to be what makes you decide if the cost is worth it or not. Clearly you might forego the option if you have a one to two hour connection, whereas if you have a three, four, or more hour connection, it would be money well spent.
I think the pricing is at the top of the mark, and I’d probably hesitate to pay more for it. Even so, having the option to pay into this lounge, as well as the others in Doha, means that people can book their discounted business class ticket and make their own decision on whether it’s worth getting lounge access.
What do you think of the cost of the Al Mourjan Business Class lounge access? Is it something you’d pay or avoid? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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