The Qatar thread has vanished but I'm still in flux! The bank says they have my money "in holding" and Qatar have until midnight tomorrow (Friday) to take it or return it. My booking is still showing as live.
Then today I got a phone call from them that did not go well. First, they offered me the same flight for under £600. Then half way through the call she said that price wasn't available any more and it was now £666. Since they still have my money (which she claimed was refunded) and my booking is still live (though she claimed it was cancelled) I'm hanging fire.
I asked to speak to a manager to be told none were available. She wouldn't entertain any discussion of the original problem except to say it was a system problem.
After half an hour on the phone I feel very frustrated. The first price she quoted me might have been half decent, but then changing it ten minutes later tipped me over another edge.
I will see what happens to the money and the original booking and then reevaluate.
Anybody got any further?