Time to go make some popcorn and settle in. Qatar Airways is going to buy a significant stake in American Airlines. Why are they doing it?
Now that Qatar has been an official part of the oneworld alliance for a whopping two weeks, American has it’s first promo with their new partner. They’re offering double miles on all Qatar flights through the end of January, with a brief blackout around Christmas and New Year’s. I don’t usually pay a ton of attention to the AAdvantage promos that involve oneworld partners since they normally require full fare coach and higher. But, this offer is for all eligible flights, regardless of fare class. You still need to register, […]
I had this post scheduled to run on the first day of Qatar’s full membership in oneworld, but United’s friendly moves with Expert Flyer and their incredibly drastic award chart changes distracted me. October 31st marked the beginning of Middle East carrier Qatar Airways full membership in the oneworld alliance. The big Middle East carriers have largely shunned the major alliances, preferring to do things on their own. For oneworld, it’s a bit of a coup to grab Qatar and add them as an official alliance partner. Qatar also […]
There are more updates on Qatar Airways joining the oneworld alliance. Starting February 23rd, American Airlines and Qatar will begin codesharing on many of their flights, meaning members of the AAdvantage program will be able to earn miles on a substantial number of Qatar flights. For me, the bigger plus will be when I can redeem my AA miles on Qatar, which is still likely a year away. But, at that point, I could fly direct from my home airport of IAD to Qatar’s hub in Doha. Anyway, bottom line […]