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ARCHIVE: 2017 QR / Qatar Airways: Earn & Redeem AA Miles, Award (master thd)

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link to QR Travel Alerts)[/quote]

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.

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 Dec 29, 17, 9:18 am
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Any suggestions for finding J availability on IAD-DOH? Looks like QR is blocking because of the new Q-Suites. I only see Y space when using the BA search tool.
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Old Dec 29, 17, 7:21 pm
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Originally Posted by iluvdoco View Post
Any suggestions for finding J availability on IAD-DOH? Looks like QR is blocking because of the new Q-Suites. I only see Y space when using the BA search tool.
For when are you looking? I have never been able to find QR J space for a F, Sa, or Su departure. However, I do see relatively decent J space in the second half of July on M, Tu, W, and Th, for example.
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Old Dec 29, 17, 11:21 pm
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For when are you looking? I have never been able to find QR J space for a F, Sa, or Su departure. However, I do see relatively decent J space in the second half of July on M, Tu, W, and Th, for example.
I'm checking for March 2018. I do see PHL-DOH J space, but IAD-DOH J seems zeroed out starting in January.
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Old Dec 30, 17, 3:56 am
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Originally Posted by iluvdoco View Post
I'm checking for March 2018. I do see PHL-DOH J space, but IAD-DOH J seems zeroed out starting in January.
I see 1 seat on Tuesday, 3/28, and 3 seats on Wednesday, 3/29, at the momentóbut not much else​​​​​.
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Old Dec 30, 17, 8:07 am
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I see 1 seat on Tuesday, 3/28, and 3 seats on Wednesday, 3/29, at the momentóbut not much else​​​​​.
Thanks for checking flyingeph! Unfortunately those dates are outside my travel window, but encouraging to see some availability. I'll keep looking!
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Old Dec 30, 17, 2:00 pm
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Can I do LHR/CDG-DOH-MLE as one award? I know its 3 regions, and couldnt see that on exception list. Side question; Could I do the same on EY via AUH?
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Old Dec 30, 17, 4:07 pm
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Can I do LHR/CDG-DOH-MLE as one award? I know its 3 regions, and couldnt see that on exception list. Side question; Could I do the same on EY via AUH?
Male is in the Maldives , which is in the Indian Subcontinent

Indian Subcontinent and Middle East count as a single region for routing, so no 3rd region is used

There is no issue with doing CDG/LHR-DOH-MLE as a single award
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Old Dec 30, 17, 6:28 pm
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Originally Posted by iluvdoco View Post
Any suggestions for finding J availability on IAD-DOH? Looks like QR is blocking because of the new Q-Suites. I only see Y space when using the BA search tool.
Have you seen something about QR using QSuites on IAD? My understanding is that JFK is the only U.S. port announced.
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Old Dec 30, 17, 6:47 pm
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Have you seen something about QR using QSuites on IAD?
Yes. Currently scheduled to start with QR 707 on January 6.
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Old Dec 30, 17, 7:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Dr. HFH View Post
Yes. Currently scheduled to start with QR 707 on January 6.
Cool, thanks . (I wonder why IAD?)
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Old Dec 30, 17, 11:30 pm
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Originally Posted by anabolism View Post
Cool, thanks . (I wonder why IAD?)
Perhaps some prestige factor (whether real or imagined) of QR flying its flagship product to the capital of the U.S.?

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