Coming to an alliance near you….Qatar Airways! They have announced at the end of October, Qatar will be a part of the OneWorld alliance. This means more flexibility when redeeming miles from American Airlines, or British Airways, if you have any. Qatar prizes itself as the world’s only 5 star airline, and the service is beautiful. Their business class product is one the best out there, and the catering services for the airline does a marvelous job. Come the end of October, you can experience this when redeeming AA or BA miles, because their flight network is one of the best out there.
Qatar offers a few non-stop flights out of the U.S., with a connection in Doha. This might make it easier to get to the Maldives, much of North and South Asia, and even Australia. I would even consider a stop-over in Doha, just to check out the place. Their chart below represents non-stop flights TO/FROM Doha, their hub.
In Summary, if you are collecting US Airways Dividend Miles, American Airlines, or British Airways AVIOS miles, you should be able to book an award ticket on Qatar, and fly where you want to go. Currently, there are still lucrative credit card offers out there offering a lot of miles in these programs.