Free Hotel Stay and Transit Visa on Stopover Extended With Qatar Airways

As a passenger of Qatar Airways whose final destination is other than Doha — which is the capital city of Qatar, as well as where the airline is based — your opportunity to apply for a free transit visa and enjoy a complimentary stay at one of the many international hotel properties in Doha has been extended through Monday, December 31, 2018…

Free Hotel Stay and Transit Visa on Stopover Extended With Qatar Airways

…but you must book your flight reservations by Friday, December 28, 2018.

Although three different versions of offers were available when this promotion was originally introduced in May of 2017, two options are available in 2018 for your stopover in Doha through +Qatar offers — courtesy of Qatar Airways and the Qatar Tourism Authority — where you can explore the culture and attractions of Doha and other parts of Qatar when you are a transit passenger.

You can choose from the following two +Qatar offers:

  • +Qatar Ultimate Book this offer for a stay of two nights in a hotel property rated with either four stars or five stars at a nominal booking fee of United States $50.00 per room
  • +Qatar Stopover Passengers receive a complimentary stay of one night from a selection of ten +Qatar Hotel Partners by simultaneously booking a Tour or Airport Transfer seamlessly while you book your free stay.

Six Easy Steps

All it takes is six easy steps to enjoy your stopover in Qatar:

  1. Book your multiple destination itinerary — including transit in Doha — with Qatar Airways:
    1. Select the multi-city booking option
    2. Add Doha as a stop — the minimum transit time of 12 hours in Doha is required to be eligible for this offer — on your inbound or outbound journey
    3. Select your round trip flights with Doha as your stop
    4. Review your flights and complete your booking.
  2. Apply for your free Qatar transit visa
  3. Simultaneously, book your +Qatar offer with Discover Qatar.

Select Terms and Conditions

This offer is valid for confirmed ticket holders only of Qatar Airways for flights booked at the official Internet web site of Qatar Airways with multi-city ticket booking. This offer is not applicable on codeshare flights.

Qatar Airways E-ticket number is required to be entered at the payment page. Maximum of one booking is allowed per E-ticket number.

This offer is available on Qatar Airways flights transiting through Doha during onward or return journey — for example, London –Doha – Bangkok.

A valid visa is required to enter the country, as nationals from a total of 80 countries can now take advantage of visa-free entry into Qatar. Entry into Qatar will be at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Discover Qatar is not responsible for the decision taken by the immigration authorities.

Other terms and conditions do apply to this offer; but the ones pertaining to hotel stays are as follows:

  • +Qatar Free Stopover 1 Night offer is valid for a maximum of 1-night stay (up to 24 hours); while +Qatar Ultimate offer is valid for a maximum of 2-nights’ stay (up to 48 hours). Hotel reserves the right to charge the customer for any additional hours, Discover Qatar will not be responsible for the rates charged. We advise you book +Qatar Ultimate offer if your stay exceeds 24 hours.
  • Valid Qatar Airways boarding pass and +Qatar hotel booking confirmation to be presented at the hotel upon check-in to avail the room/s.
  • Name on the booking should match the name on the boarding pass.
  • +Qatar offer is bookable minimum  4 days (96 hours)  prior to check-in date.
  • +Qatar confirmed bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • +Qatar confirmed bookings are non-changeable with exception of  flight involuntary changes occurred by Qatar Airways as flight interruption, delays and schedule change or voluntary changes for 1 time only  limited to changes/reissuance of flight ticket (new ticket/flights must comply with all +Qatar terms and condition).
  • In case of visa rejections, bookings stands confirmed and are non-amendable and non-refundable.
  • +Qatar accommodation is booked on room only basis and doesn`t include airport transfers or incidental charges (e.g. laundry, Minibar, room services …etc.)
  • Maximum occupancy in a room is up to 2 adults and 1 child below 11 years of age using existing bedding. Passengers below 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children policies vary and will be mentioned in policies of each booking.
  • Late check out subject to room availability and cannot be guaranteed, charges may apply.
  • Any special requests like bedding, smoking/non-smoking rooms, connecting / adjacent rooms, etc. are subject to hotel availability and cannot be guaranteed.
  • The confirmation of the booking lies at the sole discretion of Discover Qatar.
  • Every effort will be made to confirm a booking exactly as per the client’s request; however in case of non-availability, Discover Qatar reserves the right to offer similar alternatives.
  • A blackout date applies where booking shall not be available.


This is your opportunity to discover Doha on your journey to “club it with city tours, a desert safari adventure, museum visits, or dinner aboard a traditional dhow to truly experience and enjoy Arabian hospitality.”

I wish more airlines offered this opportunity; but in recent years, some airlines have eliminated free stopovers on either revenue tickets, award tickets — or both. I used to enjoy visiting places such as Prague and Venice at no extra cost; but successfully booking itineraries with free stopovers has become increasingly difficult on some airlines.

As with any offer, be sure you are getting the best value overall prior to booking your flight reservations.

Source: Qatar Airways.

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