Qantas Frequent Flyer vs American Airlines Aadvantage

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AliCat

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Feb 2015

Total posts 2

Hi I am a newbie. Gold QFF, Gold VV and just signed-up to AAdvantage. I like AA for their generous rewards flights, and buying miles is such a great deal. I am travelling to USA this week and will be taking domestic flights with AA. I can only book through QANTAS as a reward booking. If I book with AA I can pay cash but can obviously only only list one flyer programme with the ticket. So I either put my QFF number and receive the benefits of gold/sapphire one world, or I do AA and and start afresh. Can I flash my QANTAS gold at the lounge and get in on an AA ticket? What's the best way to change my allegiance to AA? Use gold Velocity to ask for a challenge and collect points on AA and QF? I heard they don't challenge other OW. Thoughts appreciated :)

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

What is your objective of switching to Aadvantage, given you're already QFF Gold? Are you planning to switch allegiance? 

If you're redeeming QFF points for AA flights then it's pointless to put your Aadvantage number as you don't earn earn miles on redemption bookings. On the other hand there is nothing stopping you from accruing QFF points on AA revenue tickets. 

So it seems your strategy and objective is a bit unclear/muddled or least it comes across that way. Please clarify so that we can offer appropriate suggestions.

AliCat

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Feb 2015

Total posts 2

Hey, thanks for your response.

Since I have discovered AA I have realised their rewards programme is far more generous for the type of leisure flying I want to do, as opposed to QFF.

So really, I would like to maintain my OW status, but start accruing miles to my AA account rather than QF.

Thank you

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Gotcha. Here's what you need to do:

Identify the renewal date of your QFF Gold status. If you've calculated that all your flights needed to qualify for Aadvantage Platinum falls within your QFF Gold validity period, then use your QFF number to make bookings so that you get free baggage allowance and lounge access. Upon entry to the lounge, request the agent to change the FF number on your boarding pass so that you can start accruing on Aadvantage.

If your QFF Gold validity period expires before you reach Platinum on Aadvantage,look into getting the Aadvantage Platinum Challenge. Upon qualifying you will automatically receive Platinum status (OW Sapphire). This will help as you work toward hitting Platinum.

If your flights within the US are QFF redemption on AA or US metal, I would keep my QFF number on the boarding pass as the hassle is pointless, since award flights are not mileage accruable. 

Another thing to consider, try booking all your QF flights as AA or BA codes, when it is economically effective to do so as you earn better Aadvantage miles. However for short domestic QF flights, booking on QF code is inconsequential since Aadvantage awards a minimum of 500 miles on all QF coded flight. Just be aware some Sale/Red e deals in E inventory do not earn any mileage.

Good luck!

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