American’a Airlines AAdvantage program has been busy this year trying to advance itself in the market place and become the airline program of every business and leisure traveler’s choice. From the Double Elite Qualifying miles on select routes to the OneWorld MegaDo and other unforgettable promotions and events, AAdvantage has really been living up to it’s name as Program of the Year.
Yesterday, AA further expanded it’s website and now allows for AAdvantage Miles to be redeemed for flights on Qantas! This means one less phone call (and ticketing fee for non-elite members) to AA to book flights to and from the South Pacific. With the expansion of AA.com to include Qantas, this means that now AAdvantage miles can be redeemed online now for AA, Alaska, Qantas, Hawaiian, and British Airways! This saving us all time and money when it comes time to book awards!
However, do remeber, the AA website is not perfect! Like many website it does have flaws and with the integration of the new airline there may be issues. If you can’t find the flight you are looking for, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call. Furthermore Qantas’ frequent flyer program is free to sign up for (except for residents of New Zealand and Australia) and you can search award ticket availability with zero miles in your account.
Once you’ve a sigend up, just log-in on the main page using your frequent flyer number, last name, and PIN. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to book Award tickets, or at least search for them. Choose Flight Bookings and then click the Award Bookings tab. Then search away! For better results, be sure to click the box that says “Flexible with dates” to maximize the results you get. If you can find your flights on Qantas.com but not AA.com, call AA and book via the phone. If you’re super nice AA may wave the award booking fee since it wasn’t available online. It never hurts to ask.
AA.com has expanded greatly over the last year. The additional of booking any airline online via the website is a fantastic addition. In the Media released today, Suzan hinted at the fact that more airlines may be added to the award calendar and booking in the near future:
Suzanne Rubin, President – AAdvantage Loyalty Program. “Our AAdvantage members have been quite enthusiastic about the ability to book award travel on AA.com for AAdvantage participating airlines – and expanding to othercarriers continues to be one of our main priorities.”
I can only hope she is hinting towards Cathay Pacific or JAL!