Members of American Airlines' AAdvantage frequent-flyer program can now book award travel via on Qantas Airways, a oneworld alliance carrier and joint business...

Members of American Airlines’ AAdvantage frequent-flyer program can now book award travel via on Qantas Airways, a oneworld alliance carrier and joint business partner of American on transpacific routes.

On the heels of Qantas Airways’ recent expansion to daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Sydney, this new option offers customers more choice when using AAdvantage mileage points to book award travel to Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific or beyond, according to American Airlines.

The Boeing 747-400 has long been Qantas Airways' main long-haul aircraft type but beginning in 2013 the carrier will gradually phase out its 20 747-400s and replace them with Airbus A380s and Boeing 787s

“We received very positive feedback when we launched online booking for Alaska Airlines, British Airways and Hawaiian Airlines – and the demand for Qantas has been high,” says Suzanne Rubin, American Airlines’ president – AAdvantage loyalty program.

“Our AAdvantage members have been quite enthusiastic about the ability to book award travel on for AAdvantage participating airlines – and expanding to other carriers continues to be one of our main priorities,” adds Rubin.

American and Qantas say they are working together to offer customers more flights from more cities across the U.S. and Australia than any other airline partnership and are optimizing their schedules to improve connection times for customers when traveling between the two countries.

For more details about booking award flights on AAdvantage participating airlines, visit Customers who are not AAdvantage members can enroll for free at

The Airbus A330 is among the aircraft types that Qantas Airways uses in its mainline long-haul operation. Qantas flies 10 A330-300s (like the one in this photograph), as well as 11 A330-200s in service

The AAdvantage program was the first frequent-flyer program. Established in 1981, the program now has more than 69 million members worldwide.

Members can earn miles at more than 1,000 participating companies, which include 27 hotel chains representing more than 60 brands, more than 20 airlines, eight car rental companies, eight financial companies, and more than 500 brand name retailers.

In addition, members can earn miles when making purchases with one of more than 100 affinity card products in more than 40 countries.

In 2011, AAdvantage members redeemed more than 166 billion miles to claim more than 7.5 million awards for flights, upgrades and other rewards.

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