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Planning a trip overseas? Consider Qatar Airways: It won a 2019 award for World’s Best Airline from Skytrax, an independent organization that collects first-person travel reviews. But keep in mind that you’ll have to fly through Doha to go anywhere else.
Qatar Airways is the flagships carrier of Qatar, a nation located directly east of Saudi Arabia, on the edge of the Persian Gulf. Its home base is located at Hamad International Airport in Doha, the nation’s capital.
Qatar Airways is owned by the government of Qatar.
Qatar Airways flies to over 160 destinations around the globe. In the US, Qatar Airways flies to and from:
It also flies to Montréal in Canada.
Elsewhere around the globe, we’ll break it down by country. Here’s where you can typically go with Qatar Airways:
Due to political conflict in the region, Qatar Airways doesn’t fly to nearby Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates.
Data obtained December 2019.
After you buy tickets from Qatar Airways, you’ll get an email with your booking and confirmation information.
You can check in within 24 hours of departure for Qatar Airways flights going to or from the US. After checking in, you’ll be able to print your boarding pass — or you can get a physical copy of your ticket at the airport.
Note that not all international airports allow the use of mobile boarding passes, so if you’re planning on digital entry, verify in advance that it’ll be accepted.
Accepted payment methods for online bookings depends on where you live. For tickets purchased in the US, here’s how you can pay:
If you’d rather pay for your Qatar Airways flight later, you can select Hold my booking to reserve your spot for up to 72 days — though you will have to pay a nonrefundable fee to do so. Exact fees vary, depending on the flight and how long you’d like to hold the fare.
Here’s what you need to know about Qatar Airways’ carry-on policy:
For checked baggage, the amount you can bring depends on where you’re traveling to and from, and which class you’re flying. For flights to and from the US and Canada, here’s what you can expect:
|Class||Checked baggage (flights to or from the US)|
|Economy||Two pieces |
|Business and First||Two pieces |
Most notably, Qatar Airways was rated Best Airline in the World at the Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2019, 2017, 2015, 2012 and 2011. It’s also won Best Airline in the Middle East three years in a row, and World’s Best Business Class four years in a row. If you’re flying internationally, it’s a pretty good option, as people generally speak positively about Qatar Airways.
However, all of its routes are either to or from Doha. So if you prize efficiency in overseas travel, you may want to compare its offerings with other, more direct international airlines.
Based on the data available — yes, Qatar Airways is safe. Since its launch in 1994, it hasn’t had any fatal incidents. AirlineRatings, an independent organization that analyzes information from “the world’s aviation governing body,” governments and publicly available crash data, gave Qatar Airways 7 out of 7 stars for safety.
Qatar Airways holds a valid Operational Safety Audit certification from the International Air Transport Association, which re-evaluates airlines every two years to ensure acceptable operational management and control systems. It’s also been endorsed by the Federal Aviation Authority in the US, which confirms that Qatar Airways adequately adheres to international aviation standards.
Before booking a flight with Qatar Airways, weigh a few more benefits and drawbacks:
Qatar can be an excellent choice for overseas travel, though your exact experience may vary depending on which of its 215+ airplanes you fly. If you’re hoping to compare a couple more options, check out Emirates or Etihad Arways before booking — or, use our search tool to compare flights via Skyscanner.
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