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The Complete Guide to American Airlines Partners

Dec. 20, 2019
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Holding a rewards membership with one of the major U.S. domestic carriers opens the door to more benefits than just those associated with Delta, American or United. Each of the “Big Three” is partnered with an airline alliance and, with that, a global set of airlines.

These partnerships benefit travelers because they open up opportunities to connect to a larger set of destinations, but they also offer the opportunity to earn and redeem miles across those partners.

However, it can be difficult to keep track of every airline partner because partnerships change and evolve over time. So, let’s talk about the airline partnerships forged by American Airlines and how you can earn and redeem AAdvantage miles across their network.

» Learn more: Your guide to airline alliances

Oneworld partners

American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, but it also holds partners outside of that alliance. A full list of airline partners is available on the American Airlines Partner Airlines webpage, as well as a rundown of earning and redemption opportunities for AAdvantage miles.

First, American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld alliance, consisting of 13 airlines that boasts a network of 3,500 planes, 1,000 airports and 650 lounges. Apart from American Airlines, Oneworld includes:

  • British Airways.
  • Cathay Pacific.
  • Finnair.
  • Iberia.
  • Japan Airlines.
  • LATAM Airlines (until Oct. 1, 2020).
  • Malaysia Airlines.
  • Qantas.
  • Qatar Airways.
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines.
  • S7 Airlines.
  • Sri Lankan Airlines.

Outside of the Oneworld alliance, American partners with nine other airlines. These include:

  • Air Tahiti Nui.
  • Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air.
  • Cape Air.
  • China Southern Airlines.
  • Etihad Airways.
  • Fiji Airways.
  • Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Interjet.
  • Seaborne Virgin Islands.

Now that we know the who, let’s talk about the how. How do these partnerships benefit travelers, besides providing access to a larger global network of connections and itineraries?

Members of American’s AAdvantage rewards program can take advantage of earning potential, since they will also earn miles when flying with American’s partners.

This means that if you’re an AAdvantage member and you book a flight with Japan Airlines, you’ll earn AAdvantage miles when that itinerary is completed as long as you enter your AAdvantage membership number while booking.

Airline partners are not the only partners that allow AAdvantage members to earn miles when booking. American Airlines is also partnered with hotels (such as Best Western and Wyndham), car rental agencies (such as Avis and Budget) and even select cruise companies. It is always worth it to check out these partners before booking your trip, because you may be able to earn more miles simply by booking with a partner agency.

» Learn more: American Airlines AAdvantage program: The complete guide

All partners

Not only can AAdvantage members earn miles by booking trips with American Airlines partners, but AAdvantage members can also redeem AAdvantage miles with partners as well.

Using your AAdvantage miles, you may book awards travel through aa.com with 18 of American Airlines’ partner airlines, both in the Oneworld alliance and outside the alliance. Here are all of American’s airline partners:

  • Air Tahiti Nui.
  • Alaska Airlines.
  • British Airways.
  • Cape Air.
  • Cathay Pacific.
  • Etihad Airways.
  • Fiji Airways.
  • Finnair.
  • Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Iberia.
  • Japan Airlines.
  • Malaysia Airlines.
  • Qantas.
  • Qatar Airways.
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines.
  • S7 Airlines.
  • Seaborne Virgin Island.
  • Sri Lankan Airlines.

Additionally, AAdvantage members can use AAdvantage miles to upgrade to higher class cabins on American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia flights. Members may also redeem miles to book hotels or car rentals, or use them to purchase or renew an Admirals Club membership. These club locations let you enjoy complimentary snacks, drinks, travel assistance, shower suites, business centers and places to rest between flights (specific amenities based on location).

AAdvantage credit cards

American Airlines partners make it possible to quickly earn miles by booking trips within the network, but one of the fastest ways to earn AAdvantage miles is to apply for one of the AAdvantage rewards credit cards and spend money on them. American Airlines hosts an impressive array of credit cards, issued by both Citi and Barclays.

Of course, not all of the cards are suited to everyone. There is the simple, no-fee American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card, cards with benefits for business travelers like the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® and cards with more robust earning potential and luxury travel benefits for individual travelers like the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®. This card even comes witha  complimentary Admirals Club membership, which immediately pays for its annual fee.

» Learn more: Citi AAdvantage Executive review: Your key to the club

With so many American Airlines co-branded credit cards to choose from, most travelers should be able to find a card that suits their consumer habits. From everyday miles cards to luxury lines, the suite of AAdvantage cards makes it even simpler to stockpile AAdvantage miles — especially when you’re just getting started.

The bottom line

Taking advantage of American Airlines partners can help increase your earning and redemption potential, whether you explore partnerships among other airlines, hotels, car rental agencies or credit cards. Next time you’re booking with American Airlines or one of its partners, remember to utilize those partnerships to maximize your benefits.

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