Qatar Airways Officially Joins Oneworld October 30, 2013

by on September 9, 2013 · 13 comments

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Last October, Qatar Airways announced it expected to join Oneworld in October 2013 sometime. While the airline has a codesharing agreement with American Airlines already, and last week, Qatar and British Airways announced reciprocal frequent flyer mileage earning would begin September 2, there was still no exact date for Qatar’s official Oneworld join date.

Qatar Airlines

Qatar Airways operates some great routes that will be new to Oneworld.

Well, no more need to speculate. According to this Oneworld announcement, Qatar Airways’ official join date will be October 30, 2013, and Oneworld flyers will be able to earn and redeem their miles on the airline starting then.

All in all, this is good news since Qatar is one of the Middle East’s premier carriers, and this opens up more flights to the 130 destinations it serves – including the Maldives and several cities within Southeast Asia – to Oneworld members, including those with their miles on American and British Airways.

The airline’s hub in Doha is also expanding and will be opening an enormous new airport with a capacity for 50 million annual passengers, making it another major Middle East hub to join Dubai and Abu Dhabi and a convenient transfer point between North America and destinations in Asia and the South Pacific.

I'd like to try out Qatar's new B787 business class.

I’d like to try out Qatar’s new B787 business class.

The airline is also a 1:1 transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest, as are partners American and British Airways. However, I’m more excited by the fact that we’ll be able to redeem British Airways Avios on the airline since it’s a transfer partner of both Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards (which sometimes runs transfer bonuses), and that means there will be even more flexibility to use my transferable points to fly another great airline product to even more destinations.

Currently, Qatar flies to Chicago, Houston, New York JFK, Washington DC Dulles, and Montreal in North America with service to Philadelphia to start next year.

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  • Antonio C.

    I will be trying CPH-DOH and DOH-ARN in D next week so I will tweet some pics. This is great news since requalifying in AA is gonna be much easier (I live in Doha)

  • RakSiam

    If we can book US to SE Asia using AA miles for the same cost as current awards that would be great. Wasn’t there some issue in the past with using AA miles to go via the Middle East being charged as 2 awards or something?

  • Avois

    Any idea when we will be able to book Qatar with Avios?

  • Texas281

    I just hope they have better award availability than BA Avios does. I’ve got like 3 million Avios points just sitting there, every time I go to London I end up flying United.

  • trey
  • JamesP

    BA miles are great for flying certain places. London is not one of them. If you are looking to go to Europe in general, it is pretty easy to get to Berlin or Dusseldorf (nearly fee free), and then you can fly wherever you want. For instance, Miami–> Berlin/Dusseldorf –> Tel Aviv and back has pretty good availability, depending on when and how long ahead you are looking. I think total fees are less than $100. I have also had some success using it to fly to South America with very low fees (and the Santiago — Easter Island award, which is almost always available, is one of the most valuable rewards there is).

    TLDR summary: Sucks for flying to London. High fees, low availability. Good for Germany and South America with very low fees.

  • Texas281

    thanks for the heads up – is the miami – berlin – on BA, or a ONEWorld Partner?

  • aviosa

    Its Air Berlin, but you can search & book through BA website. They also fly ORD (Chicago) – Berlin (and probably others), but make sure to select the trip that only involves Air Berlin (it should be direct). I just booked it for January and it was 50,000 + $100 for the round trip Chicago-Berlin. There was decent availability– searched a few days before/after planned date and found a few options, but a lot of “Only 2 seats available” or so messages.

  • James P

    As mentioned, its Air Berlin (its one of the few that doesnt charge huge fees). The problem with BA is the website is terrible at making connections. It either says its not available or it tries to route you some stupid way through London that ends up being super expensive. For example, Cleveland –> Berlin in January says no availability. But I can book separately Cleveland –> ORD and ORD –> Berlin for ~60,000/$150 round trip. You just “have to know” which cities have direct flights (i.e. Mia/DUS, Mia/TXL, ORD/TXL, ORD/DUS, I am sure there are others.. probably need to find airberlin flight map).

  • Texas281

    thanks – I hope they can do Houston – Qatar fairly easily. Aviosa YES! THE LONDON fees are ridiculous! $570 one way first class taxes! lol

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  • mark

    Does this mean I will get BA tier points on flights being made after 30 October on Qatar airlines?

    any help would be much appreciated

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