American Airlines and QANTAS Airways will roll out improved frequent flyer benefits, including higher earning rates for points and status credits on each airline’s network. The partnership also includes enhanced connectivity with new codeshare destinations in the United States.
American customers will enjoy five additional codeshare markets with Qantas, and Qantas customers will benefit from enhanced connectivity across North America with access to more than 50 new routes and 30 new destinations.
This expansion is being implemented following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s final approval of Qantas and American’s joint business.
“Our customers are captivated by the natural beauty and cultural richness Australia and New Zealand offer, so we’re excited to bring them even more frequent flyer benefits and expanded codeshare opportunities for their adventures,” said Bridget Blaise-Shamai, President of the AAdvantage program and Vice President of Customer Loyalty and Insights for American.
More benefits for frequent flyers
AAdvantage members can now earn miles and elite status faster than ever on eligible flights between the United States and Australia or New Zealand thanks to an increase in mileage accrual. Members may earn up to two times more elite qualifying miles (EQMs) and elite qualifying dollars (EQDs) for most cabin classes on all eligible Qantas flights systemwide.
For more information about accruals, visit the Qantas partner page on aa.com.
Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn more Qantas Points and Status Credits on American flights. To learn more about Qantas Frequent Flyer earn rates, visit qantas.com.
Improved connectivity with new codeshare destinations
American also recently expanded its codeshare on new routes operated by Qantas, for a new total of 32 codeshare markets.
New flights operated by Qantas with expanded American codeshare:
- Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD)
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to SYD
- San Francisco (SFO) to Melbourne, Australia (MEL)
- SFO to Brisbane, Australia (BNE)
- Chicago (ORD) to BNE
Qantas has expanded its codeshare with American, adding more than 50 new codeshare city pairs from DFW and ORD. This expansion adds 28 new codeshare destinations to the Qantas network in the United States.
With these new destinations, Qantas places its code on American services to more than 100 destinations and almost 200 domestic city pairs.
From DFW, the new codeshare destinations include:
- Spokane (GEG)
- Charleston (CHS)
- Dayton (DAY)
- Savannah (SAV)
- Vail/Eagle (EGE)
From ORD, the new codeshare routes include:
- New York (LGA and EWR)
- Boston (BOS)
- Miami (MIA)
- Washington (DCA)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Charlotte (CLT)
In addition to the improved frequent flyer benefits, expanded codeshare and new routes to the United States, Qantas recently announced it would increase the number of reward seats made available to members.