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Qatar Airways Privilege Club Members Can Now Redeem Qmiles For Purchases At Qatar Duty Free

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Members Can Now Redeem Qmiles For Purchases At Qatar Duty Free

Whether departing, transiting or arriving in Doha, members can avail of the new service allowing them to choose to pay with cash or Qmiles – or a combination of both – on any purchase with Qatar Duty Free.


With a wide selection of the world’s finest brand and product categories, Privilege Club members will be spoilt for choice from an extensive collection of fragrances, cosmetics and skincare, fashion accessories and jewellery, luxury gifts, electronics and gadgets, souvenirs and much, much more at the award-winning Qatar Duty Free.


Passengers can make their purchases at Qatar Duty Free locations within the Departures, Arrivals and Premium Terminals at Doha International Airport.


Members can also purchase raffle tickets for the popular luxury car draws or the One Million Dollar draw with their Qmiles.


In addition, as an exclusive benefit, Privilege Club Gold members will enjoy a special discount on the Qmiles required for redemption on duty free purchases.


Qatar Airways Privilege Club members departing from Doha, travelling to Doha as their final destination or transferring at Doha International Airport to an onward connecting flight can make use of Qmiles redemption on duty free products of their choice.


Redeeming Qmiles while shopping is extremely easy as members are just required to present their Privilege Club membership card to the cashier at the checkout counter at Doha International Airport and their membership account will be debited automatically.


This option of redeeming Qmiles at Qatar Duty Free is an easy and alternative to flights with Qatar Airways or ‘buying’ products with their Privilege Club cards at the newly-opened Oryx Galleria retail showroom in Doha.


Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker lauded the innovative strides taken by the airline’s loyalty and duty free programmes to bring such new and unique benefits to customers.


“It’s all about giving passengers greater choice and value for money and here is an example of how Qatar Airways is widening its service levels as the only airline to offer frequent flyers an option of instant redemption on duty free purchases,” said Al Baker.


“Over 80 per cent of our passengers are in transit through Doha and the shopping experience at Qatar Duty Free is exceptional. With the Qmiles redemption programme, Privilege Club members anywhere around the world have even more flexibility on purchases.”


Since launching 12 years ago, Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club has firmly established itself as one of the leading frequent flyer reward programmes in the industry. Qatar Duty Free is one of the fastest growing duty free operators in the world and is gearing up for further expansion when it moves to a new and bigger location at the New Doha International Airport, which is due to open by the end of 2012.
 
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 107 aircraft to 113 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.


As part of its 2012 expansion programme, the award-winning airline launches flights to a further 11 destinations – Zagreb (Croatia) from May 9; Perth (Australia) from July 3 and other cities during the year, including Mombasa (Kenya), Zanzibar (Tanzania), Helsinki (Finland), Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Belgrade (Serbia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad (Iraq), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Yangon (Myanmar). In February, the carrier launched services to the Azerbaijan capital Baku and Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi, and last month began flights to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda in East Africa.


About Privilege Club
Passengers can earn Qmiles by flying Qatar Airways or many of its airline partners. Members can also earn Qmiles whenever they use services of any of the airline’s hotel, car rental, financial and travel partners. More information on Privilege Club can be found at www.qmiles.com


About Qatar Duty Free
Qatar Duty Free operates within the Departures, Arrivals, VIP and the Premium Terminal of Doha International Airport. It also operates an outlet at the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha, as well as the Doha Port for a growing number of passengers arriving and departing the State of Qatar by sea. Qatar Duty Free is one of the Middle East's outstanding success stories in recent years, investing more than US$1 million in refurbishing the existing retail facilities within the departures and arrivals area. For more information, visit www.qatardutyfree.com.qa


About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 award last summer, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the sixth year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best First Class Airline Lounge. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com



Qatar Airways Group Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 – 44302072, Fax: +974 – 44302069
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Web: www.qatarairways.com

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