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This guideline covers the permitted sequence for booking transactions.

All bookings on Qatar Airways, including flights from other airlines that connect with Qatar Airways flights, are to be created in the right sequence, as per the passenger's intended journey. Any bookings created out of sequence and/or with dummy segments, deliberately or not, therefore obtaining booking classes that may otherwise not be available, will be considered a POC (Point of Commencement) violation. Qatar Airways has implemented an early warning system for POC and O&D violations. An SSR warning message will be inserted in a booking where violations are identified. We strongly recommend that if such an SSR is inserted in the PNR, it should be cancelled immediately and rebooked as per the correct booking practice.

Please note, Qatar Airways reserves the right to raise ADMs even when the warning message wasn’t inserted into the booking, providing proof of the violation.

 

Requesting availability and selling O&D (including waitlisted segments) in sequence of travel

When requesting an availability and selling O&Ds, Travel Agents are required to book the itinerary in the same sequence as the travel dates

  • Check availability for the outbound O&D first
  • Book the outbound O&D
  • Check availability for the inbound O&D
  • Book the inbound O&D

E.g .

1) Request outbound availability and sell

**20 NOV LONDOH

  QR 006  J9 C9 D9 I9 R9 U1 Y9 /LHR 5 DOH    0800    1745  E0/77W   6:45

                 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 T9 GL O9 E9 X9

2) Request inbound availability and sell

**30 NOV DOHLON

 QR 009  J9 C9 D9 I9 R9 Y9 B9 /DOH   LHR 5  0150    0620  E0/77W   7:30

                H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 T9 GL O9 E9 X9

 QR  006  N  20NOV   LHRDOH HK1          0800      1745  

 QR  009  N  30NOV   DOHLHR HK1          0150     0620  

** Please use the respective GDS entry, since each GDS has a unique entry for requesting availability

Request availability and selling O&Ds (including waitlisted segments) in sequence when other airlines or an interline journey is involved

A) For interline bookings, proceed as follows:

  • Check availability for the outbound O&D first
  • Book the outbound O&D
  • Check availability for the inbound O&D
  • Book the inbound O&D

E.g.

1) Request outbound availability and sell

** 22 MAY MSPDOH

     *AA3686  C7 J7 R7 D7 I0 Y7 B7 /MSP 1 ORD 3  1609    1750  E0.E75

                        H7 K7 M7 L7 G0 V7 S0 N0 Q0 O0 E2

      QR 726  J9 C9 D9 I9 R6 Y9 B9 /ORD 5 DOH    1955    1730+1E0/77W     

                     H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 T9 GL

2) Request inbound availability and sell 

 ** 30 DEC  DOHMSP

       QR 723  J9 C9 D9 I9 R9 P9 Y9 /DOH   ORD 5  0130    0815  E0/77L

                      B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S9 N9 Q9 T9 GL O9 W9

       *AA3988 C7 J7 R7 D7 I7 Y7 B7 /ORD 3 MSP 1  1145    1323  E0.E75

                        H7 K7 M7 L7 G7 V7 S7 N7 Q7 O7

         AA3686 V 22MAY  MSPORD HK1         1609 1750   

         QR 726 V 22MAY  ORDDOH HK1         1955 1730+1 

         QR 723 N 30DEC  DOHORD HK1         0130 0815  

         AA3988 N 30DEC  ORDMSP HK1         1145 1323  

B) If there is no through availability (connection), proceed as follows:

  •  Check availability on first sector for outbound journey first (QR or OAL irrespective)
  •  Book the first outbound sector
  •  Check availability for the connecting second outbound sector (QR or OAL irrespective)
  •  Book the second outbound sector
  •  Book all subsequent connecting outbound sectors in the same manner/sequence
  •  Check availability on first sector for inbound journey (QR or OAL irrespective)
  •  Book the first inbound sector
  •  Check availability for the connecting second inbound sector (QR or OAL irrespective)
  •  Book the second inbound sector
  •  Book all subsequent connecting inbound sectors in the same manner/sequence

Segments must be booked as per an O&D at all times, in the right sequence; this also includes itineraries where other airlines are involved. However, in cases where there is no through connection (availability) on outbound journey,  book sectors in correct sequence irrespective of whether they are OAL or QR sectors.

The same should be applied for the inbound return journey.

This approach can only be used in cases where there are no through connections. If there is through availability, but bookings are made this way, this would be in violation of our OnD policy. 

How to change the outbound O&D of the journey ( limited to date and RBD changes only)

When performing a change to the journey, Travel Agents are required to follow the below steps:

Changing the outbound O&D of the journey:

E.g.

1) Retrieve the PNR:

2 QR 638 B 18NOV 7 DOHSIN HK1 0220 1455 *1A/E*

3 QR 639 B 30NOV 5 SINDOH HK1 3 0210 0455 *1A/E*

2) Request availability and book the new O&D

1 QR 638 B 18NOV 7 DOHSIN HK1 0220 1455 *1A/E*

2 QR 638 B 20NOV 2 DOHSIN HK1 0220 1455 77W E 0

3 QR 639 B 30NOV 5 SINDOH HK1 3 0210 0455 *1A/E*

3) Cancel the O&D no longer required

1 (Cancelled)

2 QR 638 B 20NOV 2 DOHSIN HK1 0220 1455 77W E 0

3 QR 639 B 30NOV 5 SINDOH HK1 3 0210 0455 *1A/E*       

Final:

1 QR 638 B 20NOV 2 DOHSIN HK1 0220 1455 77W E 0

2 QR 639 B 30NOV 5 SINDOH HK1 3 0210 0455 *1A/E*

4) End the transaction

Note – while performing a date change for the outbound O&D, ensure the new date is not booked beyond the inbound date.

How to change the inbound O&D of the journey ( limited to date and RBD changes only)

When performing a change to the journey, Travel Agents are required to follow the below steps:

Changing the inbound O&D of the journey:

E.g.

1) Retrieve the PNR:

2 QR 638 B 18NOV 7 DOHSIN HK1 0220 1455 *1A/E*

4 QR 639 B 30NOV 5 SINDOH HK1 3 0210 0455 *1A/E*

2) Cancel the required O&D, without ending the transaction

2 QR 638 B 18NOV 7 DOHSIN HK1 0220 1455 *1A/E*

3  (cancelled)

3) Request availability and book the new O&D

2 QR 638 B 20NOV 2 DOHSIN HK1 0220 1455 77W E 0

3 QR 639 B 29NOV 5 SINDOH HK1 3 0210 0455 *1A/E*     

4) End the transaction

How to amend the itinerary, if there is a change in the point of commencement (POC)

Cancel the complete PNR and create a new PNR.

Changing the O&D of a journey in an existing booking, when other airlines or an interline journey is involved; ( limited to date and RBD changes only)

E.g .

1) Retrieve the PNR:

2  AA1494 N 20MAR 1 SALMIA HK1          1218 1657   738

3  QR 778 N 20MAR 1 MIADOH HK1          2105 1750+1 77W

4  QR 830 N 21MAR 2 DOHBKK HK1          2015 0635+1 77W

5  QR 837 T 25APR 2 BKKDOH HK1          0230 0545   388

6  QR 707 T 25APR 2 DOHIAD HK1          0845 1630   77W

7  AV 583 S 25APR 2 IADSAL HK1          1805 2030   32N

2) Request availability and book the new O&D

  1  AA1494 N 15MAR 1 SALMIA HK1          1218 1657   738

  2  QR 778 N 15MAR 1 MIADOH HK1          2105 1750+1 77W

  3  QR 830 N 16MAR 2 DOHBKK HK1          2015 0635+1 77W

  4  AA1494 N 20MAR 1 SALMIA HK1          1218 1657   738

  5  QR 778 N 20MAR 1 MIADOH HK1          2105 1750+1 77W

  6  QR 830 N 21MAR 2 DOHBKK HK1          2015 0635+1 77W

  7  QR 837 T 25APR 2 BKKDOH HK1          0230 0545   388

  8  QR 707 T 25APR 2 DOHIAD HK1          0845 1630   77W

  9  AV 583 S 25APR 2 IADSAL HK1          1805 2030   32N

3) Cancel the O&D no longer required

  1  AA1494 N 15MAR 1 SALMIA HK1          1218 1657   738

  2  QR 778 N 15MAR 1 MIADOH HK1          2105 1750+1 77W

  3  QR 830 N 16MAR 2 DOHBKK HK1          2015 0635+1 77W

  4 (Cancelled)

  5 (Cancelled)

  6 (Cancelled)

  7  QR 837 T 25APR 2 BKKDOH HK1          0230 0545   388

  8  QR 707 T 25APR 2 DOHIAD HK1          0845 1630   77W

  9  AV 583 S 25APR 2 IADSAL HK1          1805 2030   32N

 Final:

  1  AA1494 N 15MAR 1 SALMIA HK1          1218 1657   738

  2  QR 778 N 15MAR 1 MIADOH HK1          2105 1750+1 77W

  3  QR 830 N 16MAR 2 DOHBKK HK1          2015 0635+1 77W

  4  QR 837 T 25APR 2 BKKDOH HK1          0230 0545   388

  5  QR 707 T 25APR 2 DOHIAD HK1          0845 1630   77W

  6  AV 583 S 25APR 2 IADSAL HK1          1805 2030   32N

4) End the transaction

How to amend the route of the initial (original) itinerary for interline bookings, if there is a change in the point of commencement (POC)

E.g.

 When the customer decides to amend the initial itinerary e.g. SAL-MIA-DOH-BKK and changes to MIA-DOH-BKK, DO NOT cancel only the SAL-MIA segment and keep MIA-DOH-BKK. The entire itinerary has to be cancelled and rebooked.

1) Retrieve the PNR:

2  AA1494 N 20MAR 1 SALMIA HK1          1218 1657   738

3  QR 778 N 20MAR 1 MIADOH HK1          2105 1750+1 77W

4  QR 830 N 21MAR 2 DOHBKK HK1          2015 0635+1 77W

5  QR 837 T 25APR 2 BKKDOH HK1          0230 0545   388

6  QR 707 T 25APR 2 DOHIAD HK1          0845 1630   77W

7  AV 583 S 25APR 2 IADSAL HK1          1805 2030   32N

2) Route/POC changes from SAL to MIA

3) Cancel the entire itinerary

4) Request availability and book the new itinerary

** 20MARMIABKK

1  QR 778 Q 20MAR 1*MIADOH HK1  2105 1750  21MAR  E  0 77W M

2  QR 830 Q 21MAR 2*DOHBKK HK1  2015 0635  22MAR  E  0 77L M

5) Sell return journey 

 **25APRBKKSAL***

3  QR 837 N 25APR 2*BKKDOH HK1  0230 0545  25APR  E  0 388 M

4  QR 707 N 25APR 2*DOHIAD HK1  0845 1630  25APR  E  0 77W M

5  AV 583 N 25APR 2 IADSAL HK1  1805 2030  25APR  E  0 32N S

6) End the transaction

Additional support from Qatar Airways to help Agents reduce POC Violations:

In addition to providing these guidelines with clear examples to help our trade partners, Qatar Airways will also be implementing system enhancements that are expected to help our trade partner adhere to POC booking guidelines at the point of booking creation.  

During the booking flow, if the system can identify a POC inconsistency, availability may be restricted or sell might be rejected for the requested itinerary. This will help agents to avoid inadvertent violations of our POC rules.

In cases where these enhanced measures are not able to stop a POC violation at the point of booking, such bookings will continue to be subject to the standard POC violation process.  While the system enhancements can help agents to reduce the instances of POC violations, existing QAPAP provisions and our ADM processes remain applicable and in force.

A POC violation ADM will not be raised for journeys involving interline/other airlines (OAL) where a separate ticket is issued on OAL stock for the interline/other airline segment(s), and provided all the Qatar Airways segments are booked in the correct sequence of travel.

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