Qatar Airways will be joining the OneWorld alliance as of October 30, 2013, which is exciting news. This opens up a ton of new opportunities for earning and burning OneWorld miles on Qatar Airways, including many new routes that aren’t currently served by OneWorld carriers. I’m especially excited at the prospect of redeeming American AAdvantage miles for distance based awards on Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways began service to Chicago earlier in the year, and recently announced service to Philadelphia as of April 2014, in addition to their current North American gateways of Houston, Montreal, New York, and Washington.
On Monday Qatar Airways will also apparently announce four times weekly service between Doha and Miami using a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.
This route is hardly surprising given the amount of feed that American can provide to Latin America thanks to their partnership, so I’m guessing it’ll work out quite nicely.
Here’s to hoping they release a good amount of award space. You can find more on general Qatar Airways award availability trends in this post.
I’ll post again once the route is “official” and they publish the schedule and start releasing award space.
(Tip of the hat to David)