While Qatar Airways will officially be joining the OneWorld alliance as of October 30, 2013, they’ve already announced some partnerships with some OneWorld partner carriers prior to that. They’ve already been codesharing with American since February, and have a reciprocal mileage earning partnership with British Airways as of a few weeks ago. As part of that, British Airways announced that redemptions on Qatar Airways would be possible as of October 1, 2013.
However, American is taking their partnership with Qatar Airways beyond codesharing as of today, Monday, September 23. AAdvantage members can now earn and redeem miles for travel on Qatar Airways, and the same goes for members of Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club.
This opens up a lot of great award redemption options, given the coverage that Qatar Airways has to the Middle East and India. The only issue is that as of now there’s no easy way to search Qatar Airways award space online, so you’ll be best off calling to figure out award space. Hopefully once they officially join OneWorld their award space will display on British Airways’ website at a minimum.
Anyway, this is an exciting new partner, and it’ll be even more exciting once they officially join OneWorld so you can redeem your AAdvantage miles for a distance based award on Qatar Airways, which will be extremely lucrative.