American Airlines Platinum elites and higher now have access to extra legroom coach seats on Qatar Airways, complimentary at the time of booking, and Qatar Airways elites receive similar benefits on American.
American Airlines allows its own elites to access ‘Main Cabin Extra’ extra legroom coach seats for free (Golds at check-in, everyone else at booking) and also lets elite members of its closest partner airlines access these seats on similar terms.
That means, for instance, that British Airways silver members and Alaska Airlines MVP Gold members can reserve these extra legroom seats when buying tickets, provided the seats are available. However Malaysia Airlines and Royal Jordanian elite members cannot, even though they’re part of he same oneworld alliance.
Qatar Airways now counts as one of these close partners, and Qatar Privilege Club elite members can reserve these seats which also come with complimentary alcohol on the following terms:
Meanwhile AAdvantage status members can now access extra legroom coach seats on Qatar Airways as well:
American Airlines now flies New York JFK – Doha and sells connecting flights on Qatar Airways beyond Doha using their own code. It’s a far cry from when American Airlines was trying (unsuccessfully) to get the Obama administration and then Trump administration to limit Qatar’s ability to fly to the U.S. They were largely doing Delta’s bidding, walking away from their partnerships with Qatar and Etihad. It was hypocritical (claiming Qatar, Emirates and Etihad were subsidized but they were not) and would have abrogated treaties that were in place. Now American has finally realized if they couldn’t win politically it’s better to try to win commercially.