I normally collect AAdvantage points with American Airlines. I'm considering booking a Qantas flight (LHR->DXB), but some of the flights, whilst having a Qantas flight number, are operated by Emirates. Will these still enable me to earn AAdvantage points (since Qantas is a Oneworld airline). Are there any non-obvious downsides to taking the Emirates flight?
Earn elite-qualifying AAdvantage miles when you fly on Qantas marketed and operated flights as well as Qantas Airways codeshare flights. Simply:
- Buy an eligible published fare ticket booked in an eligible code
- Fly an eligible route
The accrual table is also provided on the partner page. At this writing, only Qantas codeshares operated by Jetstar are specifically excluded from earning AA miles. Other QF-coded flights should be fine, provided it is not prohibited in the fare rules.
The FlyerTalk wikis on Earning AA miles on Emirates and other airlines via Qantas codeshare and Miles on Qantas / QF codeshare operated by other airlines as of August 2015 also seem to confirm that it is possible, with various anecdotal reports of success. FlyerTalk is generally up-to-date on such matters.
N.B. Earning AAdvantage miles flying on EY and other non-oneworld operated flights as a QANTAS codeshare / marketed flight is an exception to oneworld rules that essentially state that to earn miles one must fly a oneworld marketed flight operated by a oneworld airline. See post #4 for more.
To reiterate: one may earn AAdvantage miles flying an Emirates (or Air Fiji, Air Tahiti Nui, etc.) operated flight if it is marketed by QANTAS / a Qantas codeshare.
Further discussion from 2013 at TravelingBetter.com.