Presently serving 4 destinations in East Africa, daily to Entebbe and Kigali and double daily to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Qatar Airways seems set to add ever more reasons to travel with them, ahead of their launch of their new destinations Kilimanjaro, Mombasa and Zanzibar. News over the weekend tell the story that loyalty card holders can now redeem their QMiles also with duty free purchases while in transit in Doha as well as in the recently opened Oryx Galleria, the duty free at the Rotana Doha Hotel and the duty free at the port. Not only can the entire range of goods on offer be paid for with sufficient miles accrued on the card, but in addition can the raffle tickets for either the luxury cars on offer or the 1 million US Dollar cash prize draw be purchased.
With over 80 percent of all passengers travelling on Qatar Airways connecting via Doha into the global network of the award winning airline, a quick stop enroute to the transit gate in the duty free section of the airport will now require less cash in the wallet as long as a traveler has enough miles on the card. Duty free shops are found at arrivals, departures, transit, the Premium Terminal and the VIP terminal, offering easy access for some last minute purchases.
The airline has also re-affirmed that they expect the opening of the brand new Doha mega airport to take place in late 2012, at which stage the airports transit comfort and range of shops and other services will match QRs claim to 5 star status in the air also on the ground. 9 months to go to that long awaited event, but in the meantime, frequent travelers are encouraged to sign up with www.qatarairways.com for membership in their frequent flyer programme or else ask the local sales office of the airline to assist with forms and processing. Watch this space.