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Qantas Awards Now Bookable on AA.com

by on July 2, 2012 · 9 comments

in American Airlines, Oneworld, Qantas

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When I visited American’s headquarters in Dallas as part of the Oneworld Megado event in January, one of the things promised was better Oneworld partner award availability on AA.com. The plan was for British Airways and Hawaiian to be added first (which happened in April) and then Qantas, which went into effect this past weekend.

AA.com is actually pretty smart and will let you do month-long searches. I’m actually planning a trip down under in February and while the availability is scarce in premium cabins, AA.com does its best to piece together possible trips, even searching other partner airlines. One trip I was presented with was Los Angeles to Las Vegas on AA, Vegas to Honolulu on Hawaiian and Honolulu to Sydney on Qantas (Jetstar). Not the most direct routing, but all in business class for 62,500 and only $30 in fees for a one-way flight.

AA.com now pulls in Qantas availability – though there isn’t much out there in premium cabins.

This is also good news because finding Qantas award availability has been a multi-step process in the past for AA members since Qantas.com would show availability for Qantas’s frequent flyer program members that was not actually available to AA members, who would have to use British Airways’ inelegant (at best!) site to search for availability and pray for the best (availability shown on BA.com was available to AA members as well).

I’m glad AA is adding more partners – I’d love to have the rest of Oneworld added so I’d never have to call AA or use other sites (like britishairways.com) to check availability.

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  • Na

    Any word on when JAL will be on aa.com?

  • John

    Not sure if AA has worked out all the kinks on this one.
    For example, much of the availability I can see on Qantas’s website for flights later this year out of SYD are not showing up on AA’s award search. I have confirmed the availability on BA’s site, Expert Flyer, and even over the phone. Looks like the site does not pick up everything that’s out there, so it is still best to call in if you see something using a different search engine.

  • JW

    @TPG – I was searching flights for LAX – HKG on BA.com and found business seats available for 10/12 on AA + CX. But when I called AA to book, they just couldn’t see those seats. Also, I searched for AA award tickets on ExperFlyer and it gave me somewhat different results than BA’s website. This is sort of conflict with what you said about “(availability shown on BA.com was available to AA members as well)”. Am I missing something?

  • guest

    I made a sample biz award booking to MCO- SDY for May and there were $700 in fees. Did I do something wrong or is there fuel charges for Qantas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1251679353 Michael Thorn

    I have just under 5,000 points on Quantas and they just sent me a message that they will expire at the end of September. Can I roll them over to another carrier?

  • thepointsguy

    Unfortunately not

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1251679353 Michael Thorn

    Can I transfer to someone? I hate to waste them.

  • http://twitter.com/NathanHuynh Nate Huynh

    Any idea when we might see Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific award availability on AA.com?

  • elliot ozone

    I have been looking to cruise Australia/new Zealand and “need” 2 business class tickets. Is there ever any availability for 2 ff business class tickets on qantas LAX to SydneY?

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