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Written by Ravindra Bhagwanani on . Posted in Archives

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American Airlines had more success with another joint venture, the one with Qantas. After having received the green light in July, members of the two programs AAdvantage and Qantas Frequent Flyer now earn more (award and status) points on the respective partner. While Qantas has simply aligned the points level on American Airlines to the level of its own flights (with some exceptions), limited to flights to Australia and New Zealand as well as to flights within North America, the effort made by American Airlines looks more considerable at first sight: the accrual rates in Business and First Class are now much higher than on other partners. But after a more in-depth comparison, one realises that the program of Qantas’ other US partner, Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan, remains the more lucrative option in most cases, even without having any privileged partnership with Qantas.