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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 Feb 11, 19, 8:02 am
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Originally Posted by DFWsakp View Post
Economy is widely available (maybe missing 1 - 2 days a month), but Business is totally gone past 1st Nov 2019
Hope they release biz availability soon. wishful thinking?
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Old Feb 11, 19, 8:43 am
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Booked CRK-DOH for May 2019 using the AA website. Process took less than 10 minutes from requested to ticketed. Y and J plenty available. Helps that it's not from/to US-DOH though.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 10:51 am
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Spoke with AA agent on Feb 8 looking for Jan 2020 DOH-US availability in business, who said that they received a memo earlier that day regarding temporary unavailability of such award space. Agent said there was no time frame indicated as to how long this may last. Not sure whether this is indicates bigger concerns down the road...
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Old Feb 11, 19, 11:14 am
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Originally Posted by blucastle View Post
Spoke with AA agent on Feb 8 looking for Jan 2020 DOH-US availability in business, who said that they received a memo earlier that day regarding temporary unavailability of such award space. Agent said there was no time frame indicated as to how long this may last. Not sure whether this is indicates bigger concerns down the road...
At least QR CEO Akbar Al Baker showed up at the recent oneworld meet and there seems to be no problem in terms of that relationship.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 2:31 pm
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At least QR CEO Akbar Al Baker showed up at the recent oneworld meet and there seems to be no problem in terms of that relationship.
I think a more accurate statement would be that QR has no immediate plans to leave.

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Old Feb 15, 19, 11:55 am
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Try another call center? Sometimes the US ones aren't good at seeing inventory (for Etihad I know this is true, but not sure about Qatar)
Thanks for suggestion. Update and DP - managed to book return ticket ZAG-DOH-MLE for 3 pax for Dec 24-26. It was not possible to complete the booking at aa.com website, even though some availability was shown. So I did call up the aa number in australia - they actually saw more flights/seats available and made the booking without charging any handling fees. I also used ExpertFlyer to find/monitor availability, however although it was showing plenty, only few seats were actually visible/available to the cs rep when I called.
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Old Feb 15, 19, 12:03 pm
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I also used ExpertFlyer to find/monitor availability, however although it was showing plenty, only few seats were actually visible/available to the cs rep when I called.
That is interesting, because EF does not show QR award availability. Were you booking awards, or paid tickets?
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Old Feb 15, 19, 12:28 pm
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That is interesting, because EF does not show QR award availability. Were you booking awards, or paid tickets?
You are right, QR can not be searched under the award availability tag. I searched flight availability with I and X codes and the results were showing quite a few seats under these codes. It might be though that these were actually not award seats...

I booked award tickets.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 8:50 am
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Does Z space always trigger F award pricing? For SIN-CAI in business, AA website suggests SIN-DOH-AMM-CAI, but DOH-AMM on QR Z, and then it keeps erroring out saying the itinerary is no longer available when I try to press continue.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 12:23 pm
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FYI, if it will help anyone, I'm likely to release two (2) A350-1000 Business Class Q-Suites from DOH->JFK (QR701) on 26-May tonight or tomorrow.

Finishing off our honeymoon and decided to go via AUH and First on the A380 a couple of days later.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 5:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Unionruler View Post
Does Z space always trigger F award pricing? For SIN-CAI in business, AA website suggests SIN-DOH-AMM-CAI, but DOH-AMM on QR Z, and then it keeps erroring out saying the itinerary is no longer available when I try to press continue.
In the past when QR was not bookable online, some aagents knew the regional F was not a F but a business class. Some aagents had no clue. However most people were able to get the regional "F" segments treated as a J segment and ticketed with J price.

Have you called AA to find out more?
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Old Feb 24, 19, 7:46 pm
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Last Sunday I booked a return EZE/DOH/MLE in J for May 2019. Seeing QR awards on AA.com made the whole process much easier.
There was plenty of availability in May and June (very rare for the EZE/DOH flight - via GRU, now in Q Suites).
I'd had it on hold for most of the week, but when I tried to renew my reservation, all availabilty dissapeared.
So I just went ahead and ticketed it last Friday.
90,000 miles each way + $200 total in taxes.
Considering that I will be spending roughly 24 hours in the air, it's quite a good value.
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Old Feb 25, 19, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by lincoln boy View Post
I agree. But there were certain days that had no availability between US and DOH in economy. It looks like at least in economy seats are available now between US and DOH.
Seems to be zero biz availability JFK-DOH in the next few months into the summer... did this recently change?
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Old Feb 25, 19, 10:24 pm
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Originally Posted by mikeb99 View Post
Seems to be zero biz availability JFK-DOH in the next few months into the summer... did this recently change?
Yeah, they have those dates blacked out for the summer, I believe across all routes in J
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Old Feb 26, 19, 2:53 am
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Originally Posted by pdcarg77 View Post
Last Sunday I booked a return EZE/DOH/MLE in J for May 2019. Seeing QR awards on AA.com made the whole process much easier.
There was plenty of availability in May and June (very rare for the EZE/DOH flight - via GRU, now in Q Suites).
I'd had it on hold for most of the week, but when I tried to renew my reservation, all availabilty dissapeared.
So I just went ahead and ticketed it last Friday.
90,000 miles each way + $200 total in taxes.
Considering that I will be spending roughly 24 hours in the air, it's quite a good value.
DOH-GRU is painful enough without the EZE tag, like you eat, sleep, and wake up not knowing what to do for the latter half of the flight. I always get off in GRU pitying the other J pax headed to EZE!
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