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American Airlines and Qatar Airways Expand Their Strategic Alliance

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American Airlines and Qatar Airways Strategic Alliance

American Airlines and Qatar Airways Strategic Alliance

American Airlines and Qatar Airways are expanding their strategic alliance with a new codeshare agreement. This will enable American’s customers to book travel on Qatar Airways flights via Doha to and from 16 new countries.

Pending any necessary government codeshare approvals, travelers will be able to book travel beyond Qatar to their final destinations in Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This expanded codeshare comes as American launches new service on June 4 from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH). The new service establishes American as the only U.S. carrier to serve the Gulf region, seamlessly connecting through Doha with Qatar Airways.

The strategic alliance includes Qatar Airways, the leading carrier in the Middle East in terms of frequencies and destinations and the six-time Skytrax ‘World’s Best Airline’ award winner.

American’s network enables connections to over 250 North American cities and Qatar Airways’ extensive network of more than 85 relevant destinations allows customers to access the Middle East, East Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia gateways.

“Our global partnerships expand upon American’s comprehensive network, providing access to numerous destinations for our customers who are ready to travel around the world,” said American’s CEO Robert Isom. “We’re excited to deepen our strategic alliance with Qatar Airways alongside the launch of our new service between New York and Doha, giving American’s customers more choices and convenient access to the Middle East and beyond.”

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  1. The question I have is will I be able to redeem AA Aadvantage miles to redeem one of these code share flights to Asia without having to redeem two separate awards? Right now its impossible to book a single reward from North America to Asia via the Middle East. This has been a particularly important omission lately given that reward flights from Asia on CX or JL through Hong Kong or Tokyo have been impossible – or nearly so – do to Covid.

    • Asia Miles are probably your best bet… Their routing rules allow you to go anywhere. You can do USA to Sydney on JAL (which isn’t allowed on AA or Alaskan routing rules) or you can do Qatar from the USA to New Zealand the long way. All for only 90k in business class (there are fuel surcharges though).

      • Maybe. The post sure makes it sound like you can fly a paid AA ticket to SE Asia on Qatar. If you can fly on a paid ticket due to acceptable routing, an award ticket for the same would seem implicit as well.


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