Wandering Aramean catches that United has pulled award inventory on Qatar 3 days early.
Just weeks after Qatar award space became bookable on the united.com website, it was announced that the United-Qatar partnership was ending and awards would be bookable through September 14 (for travel until the end of schedule as of that time).
But in July most phone agents started refusing to book awards on Qatar saying the partnership was over. Availability continued to persist online, and finding a phone agent who knew how to book the space was extremely difficult. (When you booked it online, you still had to trust that it would get ticketed).
I set up a Qatar award reservation on the United website over the weekend. But Qatar space no longer shows up there at all. Period. And agents remain as clueless as ever.
It’s not September 15th yet, we’re still supposed to have time to book these awards, but it may simply no longer be possible.