American Airlines and Qantas have teamed up to reward Aussie travellers with improved frequent flyer benefits, including higher earning rates for points and status credits on each airline’s network.

The partnership comes following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s final approval of Qantas and American’s joint business and includes enhanced connectivity with new codeshare destinations in the United States.

Sooooo, added rewards and more flight choice to the States? This must be the American dream!


What’s new?

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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.

“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,”

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.

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn more Qantas points and status credits on American Airlines flights.

YIPEEEE, everyone loves extra points and status credits!


Improved connectivity

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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

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)

“The new codeshare city pairs will provide even greater access for our frequent flyers to onward destinations across American’s extensive network, which will benefit customers travelling for business or holidays.”

Tino La Spina, Qantas International CEO

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