Upgrd 58: American Airlines and OneWorld Awards

This week we continued our series on redeeming miles for awards - this time on American Airlines and its partners in OneWorld. We discuss:

Send in your questions and let us know what you would like to hear on a future episode!


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Gene March 11, 2010 at 12:30 am

Matthew commented that Swiss and Turkish are AA partners. From my research and a call to the EXP desk, it appears that information may be out of

Apparently (at least for now), SN Brussels is a partner, although with their recent entry into *A, I wouldn't expect that to last too long.

Peter T March 11, 2010 at 01:56 am

Great podcast....well balanced in both entertainment and information...best in 2010 so far. Keep up the good work guys.

Bruce March 12, 2010 at 01:10 am

I thought I heard you guys say one needed to fly one or even two airlines in addition to AA to claim an AA partner award--but I think the multiple airline requirement is purely a Oneworld requirement, and a partner award can be claimed while flying on any single partner. Can you clarify? Or provide a link to the requirement you were referring to? Thanks!

listen March 15, 2010 at 05:00 pm

The most half-assed waste of time episode yet. Why not spend 10 minutes researching first so you don't sound so stupid with all the mistakes.

AA partner awards do not require a minimum nimber of carriers. Use one or more. Does not matter.

AA partner awards do allow a very valuable free stopover at the North America gateway city. Especially valuable for people living in such gateway cities to get a free domesitc one-way ticket for every long-haul international redemption.

I would normally expect such sloth from Hunter, not from the rest of you.

Mike March 15, 2010 at 05:18 pm

@listen - thanks for the constructive feedback. please feel free to unsubscribe at anytime.

@Gene: I deny your allegation!

That was Josh... ;)

Josh March 15, 2010 at 06:35 pm

@bruce - You're right. Partner awards only need one partner.

@listen - Yes... I made a mistake on the podcast. I had ten pages of information in front of me and I confused myself. It happens.

We definitely mentioned the gateway stopover rule, going so far as to say that it can be a valuable tool for those who know how to use it.

You can expect a lot of things from Hunter. Sloth isn't one of them.

Also, what Mike said.

@gene - I was relying on a (apparently very old) list from one of the FT threads on the topic, which was the first thing that came up when I hurriedly googled looking for partners while we were recording. The correct list of partners is the entire OW alliance (BA, Cathay, Finnair, Iberia, JAL, LAN, Malev, Mexicana, Qantas, Royal Jordanian) plus the following partners:

Air Pacific

Air Tahiti Nui


Brussels Airlines



Gulf Air

Hawaiian Airlines

Jet Airways

And yes, the Brussels Airlines partnership is set to be discontinued on June 30, 2010.

UnitedEF March 20, 2010 at 01:24 pm

Guys where's the new podcast!! I am losing it here! I think we need two to make up for the lost update :-) I've resorted to listening to the old ones to keep me sane! Hunter I want a hot FA picture book! Didn't know any such things existed. Fun stuff guys, I like listening to it on my iphone when I am away from a computer. It's like flyertalk only I don't have to click and read.

Mike March 20, 2010 at 02:08 pm

@UnitedEF - its coming - working on it today.