American Airlines and Doha-based Qatar Airways announced a reciprocal frequent flier program agreement that will enable customers of the two airlines to earn and redeem miles when traveling on the other airline’s network.
From September 24, 2013 American Airlines aAdvantage members can earn and redeem aAdvantage miles on Qatar Airways flights and Qatar Privilege Club members can earn and redeem Qatar Qmiles on American Airlines flights.
The two airlines currently also have a code-share relationship on 170 routes in the US, Europe and the Middle East.
The development comes about a month before Qatar Airways becomes a full member of airline alliance oneworld on October 30, 2013.
Qatar Airways recently also announced a similar arrangement with British Airways beginning October 1. AA and British Airways are among the key members of oneworld.