US Airways joins Oneworld: Qantas frequent flyer perks, and more

By Chris Chamberlin, April 1 2014

As the newest member of the Oneworld alliance, US Airways gives Qantas another stateside partner alongside existing member American Airlines.

So what's the impact for Qantas frequent flyers travelling in the USA?

Qantas + US Airways

Travellers can now earn points and status credits when travelling on US Airways flights with a 'US' flight number. Until June 30, you can also double your points haul by registering your frequent flyer number with Qantas' US Airways promotion.

Qantas Frequent Flyers at the Gold, Platinum and Platinum One tiers now gain access to US Airways' Club lounges in the United States before boarding a Oneworld flight – including in Boston, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington (DCA).

Priority boarding on US Airways flights is also on offer, along with priority check-in and access to preferred seating (where available).

QFF members at the Silver tier and above who are waitlisted for a US Airways flight or travelling on standby are given priority over non-status passengers, while Qantas Platinum and Platinum One members can enjoy expedited screening in selected airports.

Also for Platinum-grade Qantas flyers is the ability to check an additional bag or an extra 20kgs, depending on whether your ticket mentions a piece or weight allowance.

Perks for Dividend Miles members

Closer to home, Chairman’s Preferred members get access to Priority Boarding on all Qantas domestic flights, while flyers at the Gold tier and above can do so only on international Qantas flights.

In Australia, US Airways' Gold and Platinum Preferred flyers can access the domestic Qantas Clubs and Qantas international business class lounges, while Chairman’s Preferred members can use the domestic business lounges and can enjoy the new Autumn menu in the Sydney and Melbourne international first class lounges.

(Note that US Airways’ Chairman’s Preferred status is not equivalent to Qantas’ invitation-only Chairman’s Lounge status – Chairman’s Preferred is perhaps likened to the Red Roo’s Platinum One tier.)

Other perks like access to Qantas' first class check-in counters and a boosted alliance-wide baggage allowance are also available to Chairman’s Preferred members, while business class check-in counters are offered to flyers at the Gold and Platinum Dividend Miles tiers.

Dividend Miles elite status levels

Members of US Airways' Dividend Miles frequent flyer scheme see their Star Alliance status replaced with a Oneworld tier, so here's how things shake out.

Dividend Miles Chairman’s Preferred lines up against Oneworld Emerald, Qantas Platinum and Qantas Platinum One.

Dividend Miles Gold and Platinum Preferred equate to Oneworld Sapphire and Qantas Gold.

Dividend Miles Silver Preferred matches Oneworld Ruby and Qantas Silver.

Earning and burning Dividend Miles

A spokesperson for US Airways tells Australian Business Traveller "We expect that all Dividend Miles members will be able to earn and redeem miles and status points when traveling on any oneworld member airline beginning March 31."

And as we've previously reported, US Airways has retained frequent flyer partnerships with several Star Alliance airlines even after signing on the dotted line with Oneworld.

Read: US Airways: earn & burn for Oneworld, Star Alliance from March 30

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

KG

KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2011

Total posts 736

"Chairman’s Preferred is perhaps likened to the Red Roo’s Platinum One tier"

Not quite, only needs 100K status miles so on par with AA Exec Plat and QF Plat. Don't think there is anything like Platinum One, other than maybe LH Honor Circle.

TheRealBabushka

TheRealBabushka

21 Apr 2012

Total posts 3034

Thanks KG. You've answered my question. I was trying to reconcile US status heirarchy to AA's.

Didn't realise US has a 4-tier set up.

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2917

KG,

An excellent point.

I made the comparison to highlight that like Platinum One, Chairman's Preferred is awarded to the most frequent-flying members of the respective airline – whereas membership to the similarly named Qantas Chairman's Lounge cannot be earned from flights alone.

lee

lee

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Feb 2013

Total posts 25

I'm interested to see what US Airways lounges are like compared to AA's. I'm flying out of Boston next month so I know I'll be heading for the US lounge over AA's sad display. 

reno

reno

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

Total posts 469

Lee,

Do not expect much in the way of lounges,while they US Air have larger lounges in their hub cities they offer nothing more than AA in terms of size and food /bev and often there lounges are worse than AA.

jdugganv

jdugganv

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2014

Total posts 3

If you are flying AA metal from Boston, you will not have access to the US club - Terminal B at Logan is split into 2 areas, and the link between the two has not yet been completed. The US Club is twice the size of the AA lounge, however no alcohol is served and the snacks are mediocre at best. AA renovated their BOS lounge 2 years ago, and it was a nice upgrade in my opinion.

iFLYflat

iFLYflat

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Nov 2012

Total posts 68

Chris - how does this sit with the Trial Preferred program - 90days challenge?

Would Oneworld recognise that? - or does it stay within US airways only.

$600 for US Platinum - trial.

roby

roby

21 Sep 2011

Total posts 64

Only US Airways will not take a seat at the oneworld table as they will join as AA's affiliate. 

Mal

Mal

14 Jun 2013

Total posts 360

Congratulations roby, you win the Pedant Of The Week award.

VA Beats QF

VA Beats QF

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards platnium

30 Nov 2013

Total posts 43

Thanks roby,

I thought they would join as a proper member and just be taken off when they emerge since they are not part of aa yet aa does not own them i am right that's what. Have heard though it may be wrong


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