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See a full list of American Airlines partners for earning and redeeming points and using your elite status.

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As one of the largest airlines in the world, American Airlines has a huge network of its own with 350 destinations across 50 countries. You can fly to nearly any place on the globe with AAdvantage miles and often for fewer miles and lower out-of-pocket costs than you think.

Still, it’s possible to take your rewards even further with American AAdvantage partner airlines. That’s because American Airlines code-shares with partners in the oneworld airline alliance and has agreements with others. AAdvantage currently has 21 partners, most of which let you earn and redeem miles with. Your elite status also applies when flying on oneworld partners, with many of the same perks that you enjoy on American Airlines, including lounge access.

While award tickets on American AAdvantage partner airlines can be more expensive than booking with the AAdvantage program itself, there are also many sweet spots that allow you to book the same flight for fewer miles.

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American Airlines partners

Type of partnerWhere to book flights
British Airwaysoneworldaa.com
Cathay Pacificoneworldaa.com
Finnaironeworldaa.com
Iberiaoneworldaa.com
Japan Airlinesoneworldaa.com
LATAM AirlinesoneworldBy phone
Malaysia Airlinesoneworldaa.com
Qantasoneworldaa.com
Qatar Airwaysoneworldaa.com
Royal Jordanian Airlinesoneworldaa.com
S7 Airlinesoneworldaa.com
Sri Lankan Airlinesoneworldaa.com
Air Tahiti NuiOther partneraa.com
Alaska AirlinesOther partneraa.com
Cape AirOther partneraa.com
China Southern AirlinesOther partnerBy phone
Etihad AirwaysOther partnerBy phone
Fiji AirwaysOther partneraa.com
Hawaiian AirlinesOther partneraa.com
InterjetOther partnerBy phone
Seaborne Virgin IslandsOther partneraa.com

In addition to being able to redeem AAdvantage miles for flights with partner airlines, you can also earn miles with many of their partners. Keep in mind, however, that you can only earn miles with one airline at a time and that you can’t double dip on miles. You’ll have to decide which airline you want to earn miles with when you make your reservation or when you enter your AAdvantage number.

Also, as an American AAdvantage elite status member, you are eligible for elite benefits with airline partners in the oneworld alliance. However, these benefits are only available to passengers on flights that are marketed and operated by the partner airline.

American Airlines elite status benefits

RubySapphireEmerald
Business class priority check-inYesYesYes
Preferred/pre-reserved seatingYesYesYes
Waitlist/standby priorityYesYesYes
Access to Business Class loungesYesYes
Priority boardingYesYes
Extra baggage allowanceYesYes
Priority baggage handlingYesYes
Expedited securityYes
First Class priority check-inYes
Access to First Class loungesYes

If you’re hoping to earn elite status with the American AAdvantage program, it’s important to note that one co-branded credit card can help you get there faster. With the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®, you’ll earn 50,000 American AAdvantage miles when you spend $5,000 on your card within three months of account opening. But you can also score a ton of frequent flyer perks like Admirals Club access, priority boarding and free checked bags, and you’ll earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles toward elite status when you spend at least $40,000 on your card within a calendar year.

Other co-branded airline credit cards from American Airlines don’t offer a path to elite status, but you can still use them to earn miles on your regular spending. Make sure to learn more about the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ card, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® and the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®. Also check out the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® and the AAdvantage® Aviator® Business Mastercard® from Barclays.

See related: Which American Airlines credit card should you choose?

Earning miles through American partners

There are an array of partners that let you earn American AAdvantage miles, including hotel brands and more. The number of miles you will earn varies depending on how much you spend and the specific promotion. Here’s a list of some of the partners you should know about, plus how many miles you can expect to earn:

American Airlines hotel partners

Earning rate
Hyatt hotels and resortsEarn 500 miles for each stay
Marriott Bonvoy 2 miles per dollar
InterContinental Hotels2 miles per dollar
RocketmilesUp to 10,000 miles per night
American Airlines HotelsUp to 10,000 miles per night
Best Western Hotels and ResortsUp to 250 miles per stay
PointsHoundUp to 10,000 miles per night
Wyndham hotels and resorts2 miles per dollar

American Airlines car rental partners

Earning rate
AvisEarn at least 500 miles with each rental
BudgetEarn at least 500 miles with each rental
PaylessEarn 500 miles with each rental
AlamoEarn 50 miles per rental day
NationalEarn 50 miles per rental day
DollarSave 10% off base rates and earn double miles
HertzEarn 1 mile per dollar spent + extra benefits
ThriftyEarn 50 miles per rental day

Other American Airlines partners

Earning rate
CruisesUp to 10,000 miles per cruise, and sometimes more
American Airlines Vacations15,000 miles or more

Bottom line

American AAdvantage program partners with a vast array of travel brands. These brands and partnerships make it easy to earn more miles for free flights around the globe.

Before you book travel using your American miles, make sure to check whether booking with an American AAdvantage partner instead might be a better deal. A one-way domestic flight that costs 12,500 American miles could cost fewer miles in British Airways Avios depending on the length of the flight, for example. Make sure to compare your options to see which program is the best option for your needs.

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