Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Doha's brand new airport and a great offer from Qatar Airways

Good morning from Doha's brand new airport, waiting for our flight to Casablanca and living a never-endingly eventful Travelife.

We left Manila about 12 hours ago onboard a Qatar Airways 777 to Doha. Business class was full but what a pleasant inflight experience this was. 

The seats were spacious and perfectly flat when turned into a bed, and service was very nice. 

It's nine hours to Doha, which initially seemed quite a long trip. 

But we began talking about all sorts of things over drinks and dinner, and when we looked at the time, it was just over five hours to Doha and time to sleep.

When I woke up, it was 20 minutes to landing and there was just enough time for a salmon salad and a cup of rooibos tea before arriving in Doha.

The very nice surprise of the day, however, was that the two-week old Doha Airport still had part of its business class lounge under construction. 

As compensation for not being able to use the lounge, Qatar Airways actually gave us each 10,000 bonus miles and shopping vouchers worth approximately $84 as well.

I was pretty happy with this, earmarking a couple of things in the duty free to purchase on the way back, when we got another set of vouchers -- making my cash bonanza about $168 for this trip alone, just for not being able to use the lounge on the way to Casablanca via Doha and back to Asia via Doha on just under two weeks..

Of course, a lounge is more comfortable. But I'll gladly sit on a couple of chairs in the concourse instead, for $84 and 10,000 miles. 

It's terribly generous of Qatar Airways, as far as I'm concerned.

Meanwhile, the Travel Companion spent his allocation on a plate of lobsters, and I was happy to just sit with him as I was still terribly full from two meals on the plane on the way to Doha.

And now we're waiting for our flight to Morocco.

We planned a very full day ahead, including lunch at a rather fancy restaurant I've always wanted to see, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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