Oman Air, which plans to apply for full Oneworld Alliance membership, and Qatar Airways have had a limited code-share agreement in place for some time.
The airlines announced yesterday that they had launched a frequent flier program partnership, allowing Privilege Club and Sindbad members to earn and redeem their miles on flights operated by Qatar Airways and Oman Air for flights between Doha and Muscat.
Here’s the announcement from Oman Air:
Members of Oman Air Sindbad Program and Qatar Airways Privilege Club can now earn and redeem miles for travel on both airlines between Muscat and Doha in either direction
Oman Air, the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, and Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, have signed a reciprocal loyalty partnership where members of Oman Air Sindbad and Qatar Airways Privilege Club can earn loyalty miles for travel on both airlines between Muscat and Doha exclusively, in either direction. With this partnership Sindbad members can earn Sindbad miles on Qatar Airways flights on the sector; reciprocally, Privilege Club members can earn Qmiles on Oman Air flights. Members of both loyalty programs will be able to redeem their miles for flights on either airline between the two cities.
“The strong relationship between Oman Air and Qatar Airways offers a world of exciting travel possibilities and we’re delighted that our Sindbad members can now earn and redeem Sindbad miles for travel on Qatar Airways between Muscat and Doha,” said Oman Air CEO Eng. Abdulaziz Al Raisi. “We’re equally delighted to welcome Qatar Airways Privilege Club members on board Oman Air flights on the popular sector, where they can earn and spend Qmiles.”
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker stated, “Qatar Airways is delighted to launch this new partnership with Oman Air, offering valued members flying between Qatar and Oman significant opportunities to earn and spend miles across both airlines. This new loyalty partnership cements our dedication to the Sultanate of Oman, and we will remain committed towards creating more unique opportunities to reward our members, in addition to offering various avenues to use Qmiles with our airline partners”.
The reciprocal loyalty program partnership follows the strengthening of the relationship between both airlines and builds on the benefits of expanded code-sharing. In December last year, Oman Air and Qatar Airways announced greater cooperation that would allow both airlines to expand commercial operations, boost connectivity and enhance travel options. Code-share expansion will significantly increase the number of destinations available to Oman Air passengers from three to 65* on Qatar Airways’ network across Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, India, and the Middle East. Qatar Airways passengers will also benefit from additional connectivity, with the ability to book travel on an additional six destinations across Africa and Asia in Oman Air’s network.
*Subject to regulatory approval
Qatar’s earning chart for Oman Air flights:
This is a minimal partnership because members can only earn and redeem on flights between Doha and Muscat only. It is a good start, however, especially if Qatar Airways ends up sponsoring Oman Air’s application to join the Oneworld Alliance