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QR / Qatar Airways: Redeem AA Miles for Award (master thd)

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For further information on AA awards see:

HELP DESK: MileSAAver / SAAver Award Availability - Help, Assistance & Discussion

and

AA oneworld and Other Airline Partner Award information, rules (2015 on)

N.B. Upgrades on QR book into fares not granted EQD/EQM by AA. If you're upgraded on QR, be prepared for pushback from some AA agents. You may have to submit a formal request with accompanying documentation reflecting you purchased an eligible fare class.

If you experience difficulties with the AA reservations system, you may be able to book by calling AA Australia (+61 2-9101-1948 ) then press 4 - or the New Zealand number (+64 09-308-4014) as an alternative - although the call center is actually in Suva, Fiji (South African agency Mindpearl) - as they can often see the inventory more reliably, and you can book.

NOTE: USA <-> Canada travel on QR will earn EQ miles etc. in accordance with the fare class purchased.

Links:

Link to AA.com Qatar miles earning etc.

AA miles earning on QR changed 1 May 2016 (Link):

Minimum miles guarantee applies.

Checking QR award availability:

You cannot check QR availability on aa.com. You must check QR availability elsewhere, and then call AA on the phone to book the award. (There is no booking fee.)

You can check QR availability on AA's site, BA's site, QF's site, www.awardnexus.com (which pulls from BA and/or QF), or the KVS tool. (A certain number of searches are free to FlyerTalk members at AwardNexus; click the "more signup options" link under the green Purchase button to sign up as a FlyerTalk member.)

When checking QR award availability, you have to check each segment individually. Both BA and QF can generate very misleading information if you try to check QR award availability all the way through [xxx-(DOH)-yyy] in one step. Be aware AA can only book 330 days out, even if you see availability farther out.

Awards on QR may not be visible to AA agents if a multi-segment itinerary is requested; broken into individual segments will generally reveal availability, however.

As well, AA Australia or New Zealand (actually MindPearl in Fiji) can often see and book AA awards on QR US-based ones might not be able to.

From danger: For AA awards, Economy is X, Business is U, First is Z. NOTE: Those with Z (First) awards may see "Z (Business Class)" shown on the QR website; this is a known glitch.

As well, QR sells intra gulf two class service as First and Economy, as AA does domestically. This can cause some issues with a Business flight including a Gulf "First" flight potentially incurring an F award redemption.

From hotelmotel: "Got my QR PNR from AA. Popped over to QR and selected seats." (AAdvantage award.)

Days of the week: To/from the USA, especially in business class, Qatar often only offers awards seats for Mon..Thu departures, not Fri..Sun departures. So makes sure you check different parts of the week, and not just always weekends (if you're not finding anything on weekends).

NOTE: At DOH / Doha Hamad International Airport, lounges as follows:

Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge (not a oneworld lounge): only accessible to those flying First Class on Qatar or oneworld airlines (not oneworld Emeralds flying other lower classes of service)

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge (not a oneworld lounge): only accessible to those flying Business Class on Qatar or oneworld (not oneworld Sapphire flying lower classes of service)

Oryx Lounge: Third party lounge for qualifying passengers on BA, CX, RJ, UL.

Qatar Airways HIA First Class Lounge (oneworld lounge): First Class ticketed customers, Emerald members, as well as their accompanying guests, travelling on Qatar Airways and other oneworld member flights.

Qatar Airways HIA Business Class Lounge (oneworld lounge): First and Business Class ticketed customers, Emerald and Sapphire members, as well as their accompanying guests, travelling on Qatar Airways and other oneworld member flights.

Arrivals Lounges (not oneworld lounges): only accessible to those arriving in First or Business Class on Qatar Airways (not oneworld Sapphire flying other oneworld airlines or other classes of service)

See FT: QR Lounges at HIA

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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:55 pm
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Originally Posted by SeeBuyFly View Post
Yes, J on the ORD-DOH flight was available when booking opened on Jan 4 for Dec 1. Since then, all Nov/Dec nonstop J availability has completely vanished in both directions.

Oct and earlier nonstops are still available in J on some dates; and it is still possible to go via LHR in Nov/Dec. Plus, nonstop economy is available..
Just put in JFKDOH Nov 14 and saw 2 J. That was the only date/flight that I checked. Perhaps that's a better gateway for you to use.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by jamienbaker View Post
Just put in JFKDOH Nov 14 and saw 2 J. That was the only date/flight that I checked. Perhaps that's a better gateway for you to use.
It's true that there's some J availability in Nov for JFK-DOH, but no seats are being released in the last few days (i.e. for Dec).

Further, I'd rather travel EY than have to change planes in JFK; and indeed I have the option to do so. I would also fly CX but that option is gone.

The more general question is why QR J availability switches on and off like this. It's not the first time. What are they trying to achieve? From ORD they had abundant availability in Nov, and then it vanished suddenly...it can't have all been booked one day, it was just withdrawn. Yet it isn't all flights---Oct remains widely available for ORD-DOH.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 8:37 am
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This instant loss of reward availability from all other US hubs than JFK has also been a huge hit for me. Already had 5 nights hotel locked in (can easily get points refunded, but that's not the point) and was really hoping to take Qsuites. Had been looking and saw so much availability a week ago. One odd thing, I did see that there is availability now on Dec 8th DFW to DOH that wasn't there yesterday. So it's very random what has been removed. Hoping it returns soon!
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Old Jan 11, 19, 8:49 am
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One odd thing, I did see that there is availability now on Dec 8th DFW to DOH that wasn't there yesterday.
The way it is working right now, there is phantom availability on the last day. It wasn't there yesterday because booking hasn't opened for 12/8. It appears to be there today, but you won't be able to book it. Tomorrow it won't show at all, but there will be phantom availability for 12/9.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by SeeBuyFly View Post
The way it is working right now, there is phantom availability on the last day. It wasn't there yesterday because booking hasn't opened for 12/8. It appears to be there today, but you won't be able to book it. Tomorrow it won't show at all, but there will be phantom availability for 12/9.
Ahh, good catch. I did not actually try to book that Dec 8th flight. For that phantom availability have you tried pushing through a booking unsuccessfully? I know it's just a shot in the dark, but any guesses as to if/when this will return? Or do we just loose holiday flights from the US?
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Old Jan 12, 19, 7:49 am
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Maybe the site maintenance they're performing this weekend will result in availability of QR?
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Old Jan 12, 19, 8:33 am
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Maybe the site maintenance they're performing this weekend will result in availability of QR?
It ha nothing to do with AA. There's nothing via BA or QF either.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 3:17 pm
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I had a QR award itinerary on hold with AA. I had to purchase it today, and it was showing up on the AA website correctly. But the purchase function was down today, so it had to be done over the phone. The phone agent said there was no record that my itinerary ever had the QR segments, just the AA connecting flight. She could not reconstruct the itin either, as she saw no QR availability at all. There were routes still available on AA website, but she could not see any of them.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 5:51 pm
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Originally Posted by MaxVO View Post
I had a QR award itinerary on hold with AA. I had to purchase it today, and it was showing up on the AA website correctly. But the purchase function was down today, so it had to be done over the phone. The phone agent said there was no record that my itinerary ever had the QR segments, just the AA connecting flight. She could not reconstruct the itin either, as she saw no QR availability at all. There were routes still available on AA website, but she could not see any of them.
same AA website showing phantom availability that has plagued AY or QF in the past. If you dont see it on BA site but it shows on AA site, chances are, the AA site is lieing, which happens a lot and all at random with different partners over the course of last year that I have seen.
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Old Jan 13, 19, 10:17 am
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Does expertflyer still not support QR? Don't want to have to manually check every day to see if availability comes back.
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Old Jan 13, 19, 11:52 am
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Does expertflyer still not support QR? Don't want to have to manually check every day to see if availability comes back.
No. Use Awardnexus, overpriced for once-a-day checking but it works.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 3:17 am
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I have an IAD-DOH-MLE segment booked in J for 70k miles that I'm very happy about! It's an almost perfect itinerary except for the 14-hour layover in DOH and 5:20am flight from DOH to MLE. I see that QR also operates an earlier flight (QR 672) that departs at 2am and arrives at 9am in MLE, but I seldom see any award availability on this segment. Any idea if space will open up closer to departure? Will AA be able to open space on this route?
Have the exact same routing. For me, 2 business seats on QR672 opened up 10 days prior to departure, but one at a time over the span of about 1 day. Availability on AA lagged behind and appeared about 7 hrs after it showed available on the qantas website for each seat.

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Old Jan 15, 19, 9:14 am
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Have the exact same routing. For me, 2 business seats on QR672 opened up 10 days prior to departure, but one at a time over the span of about 1 day. Availability on AA lagged behind and appeared about 7 hrs after it showed available on the qantas website for each seat.

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I'm happy this has worked out for both of you as I'm trying to do the same for my flight from DOH - MLE in February. What's even more strange about this flight is that there has never even been economy availability on it, despite me checking every day for the past month or so on my date. I'd be willing to switch from my current DOH - CMB (J), CMB - MLE (Y) flights to Y on QR672 if it was offered. Still crossing my fingers though!
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Old Jan 17, 19, 10:06 am
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Definitely hoping availability returns soon; I'm trying to book for a wedding in India at the end of December (sub-optimal timing, obviously). Been keeping an eye on availability trends for the past few months and just noticed most 331 day availability disappeared a couple of days ago. Debating booking something else with a different currency as a backup — or EY, if I can find space when I need it.
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Old Jan 19, 19, 12:35 pm
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Earning EQMs and EQDs on Qatar

I thought that as of Jan 2019 there were new rates for earning AA EQMs and EQDs on Qatar. When I look at aa.com it still shows as of Jan 2016.

I'd like to know - flying Business (R) DFW - DOH - BKK and back - the new chart showed 35% for R, the current chart shows 25%.

Secondary issue - Going Jan 22 - back on Feb 12th -- I will have access to AA and Qatar lounges correct?
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