American Airlines and Qatar Airways have expanded their codeshare relationship to include a reciprocal frequent flyer program agreement, offering customers more opportunities to earn and redeem miles when traveling across each airline’s global network.
From September 23, American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn and redeem AAdvantage miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club members can earn and redeem Qatar Qmiles when traveling on flights operated by the other carrier.
This agreement is in addition to the existing codeshare relationship between the two carriers, which includes joint marketing on 170 unique routes throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
“For members of the AAdvantage program, the ability to earn and redeem miles on flights operated by American’s partner airlines is one of the most important customer benefits the program offers,” says Suzanne Rubin, American’s president – AAdvantage loyalty program.
“This expansion of our relationship with Qatar is another example of how American is focused on strengthening its global network through building strategic partnerships with other airlines, all while meeting the needs of our most loyal customers,” adds Rubin.
“This agreement represents the natural evolution of Qatar Airways’ strong codeshare relationship with American Airlines,” remarks Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways currently serves 130 destinations in more than 70 countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia, and Australia.
From its hub at Doha International Airport in Qatar, Qatar Airways serves 22 cities throughout the Middle East and offers more than 1,100 weekly flights, including service to American’s hubs at New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare International Airport, as well as Houston Intercontinental, Washington Dulles and, beginning in April 2014, Philadelphia.
Qatar Airways has aircraft orders outstanding and valued at more than $50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, Boeing 777s, Airbus A350 XWBs, Airbus A380s and Airbus A320-family jets.
In addition to expanding its partnership with American, Qatar Airways will join the oneworld alliance on October 30, making it the first of the three major airlines based in the Persian Gulf region to join a global airline alliance.