American Airlines and Qantas are pleased to announce the deepening of their partnership. Besides offering improved connectivity with new codeshare destinations, customers of both American Airlines and Qantas can also look forward to enjoying higher earning rates for miles and status credits on each respective airline's network.

For travel on Qantas flights between North America (excluding Hawaii) and Australia or New Zealand on or after October 1, American Aadvantage members may be able to earn up to 2 times more elite qualifying miles (EQMs) and elite qualifying dollars (EQDs) for most cabin classes on all eligible Qantas flights systemwide. First Class passengers booked in ‘F' and ‘A' as well as Business Class passengers booked in ‘J', ‘C and ‘D' will also see a huge jump in the cabin bonus they are eligible to earn.

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can also look forward to earning more Qantas Points and Status Credits on eligible American Airlines-operated flights on or after October 1.

For travel between New Zealand and North America, Qantas Frequent Flyer members will now get to earn as many points when they travel to the United States with American Airlines as they do when they travel with Qantas - a huge improvement as the number of points Qantas Frequent Flyer members had been able to earn on these journeys with American Airlines were much lower.

For most cabin classes on flights between the East Coast of Australia and the United States, Qantas Frequent Flyer members also get to earn 2 times more Status Credits. Qantas Frequent Flyer members can also earn more Status Credits on domestic American Airlines flights when flying within the United States.

On another note, American Airlines customers can now access five additional codeshare markets with Qantas. On the other hand, Qantas customers can enjoy boosted connectivity across North America with American Airlines as they now have access to over 50 new routes and 30 new destinations. You can check out the new codeshare routes by both carriers here.

The improvements to reciprocal frequent flyer benefits as well as increased number of codeshare flights are made possible thanks to the U.S. Department of Transportation's decision to approve American Airlines and Qantas' transpacific joint business venture.

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