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American Airlines today started letting travel agents know that it will begin phasing out US Airways flights sooner than expected, starting with reservations in July for flights departing 90 days beyond then (which is October and beyond).
That means sometime in July, when you try to book US Airways flights for dates beyond October, you won’t find any more US Airways flights. They’ll all be converted to American Airlines flights, and you’ll be directed to the AA.com website to book.
But if you have a US Airways MasterCard companion certificate, you know it’s only valid on US Airways flights, not American Airlines flights.
And some certificates issued this year allow you to make reservations by September for flights as late as December 31st.
Yet by July there may not be any US Airways flights to book beyond October.
So what will happen?
It’s possible that after July US Airways companion certificates will allow booking on American Airlines flights.
That really opens up the opportunities to use your remaining certificate later this year, with all of the combined American and US Airways flights available for travel in October, November, and December.
As a reminder, you can use the companion certificate for roundtrip travel within the mainland United States and to Canada and can read up on the fine print here.
That makes sense, as US Airways and Barclaycard had a printed commitment to card members with a remaining certificate, and this window of extra booking is just one of the many costs they’ll need to absorb as part of the merger.
So if you’re willing to hold out a bit, and gamble that you’ll find an acceptable fare for travel dates near the end of the year, you might use the certificate for more convenient American Airlines flights.
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