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Before the merger of American and US Airways, the old US Airways Mastercard from Barclaycard offered cardholders an annual companion certificate that lets you bring up to 2 companions along on a trip for $99 each
All you had to do was pay your annual fee and you’d get a fresh certificate each year good for up to two companions on a single flight.
That benefit is gone now that most cards have transitioned to the AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard, but some old US Airways certificates had a final booking date of September 30, 2015.
We heard lots of complaints from certificate holders that the phone lines were jammed and many weren’t able to get through to book a flight with the certificates on September 30th.
The good news is, American Airlines phone agents are saying the deadline has been extended to October 12.
So if you have a certificate with a September 30th expiration date, you still have a shot to use it.
Those remaining certificates are good for travel through the end of 2015, and can be used for flights on both US Airways and American Airlines, since as of October 17th all US Airways flights turn into American Airlines flights.
Just remember you can’t book flights that fall on the certificate blackout dates, which for the rest of 2015 are:
You can use the companion certificate on any flight in the lower 48 United States and Canada as long as the price of the first ticket is $250 or more.
And don’t wait until October 12 to book your flights, or else you’ll run into the same logjam that happened on the 30th.
To book your certificate, call 1-800-428-4322 and they’ll transfer you to the desk that handles them.
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