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Use US Airways miles on American flights by January 7

by on Tue November 12, 2013 • No Comment
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American US Airways milesThe merger of American Airlines and US Airways is nearly a done deal, after the government put its stamp of approval on the merger today.

What does that mean for your American AAdvantage miles and US Airways Dividend Miles?

According to USA TODAY the two airlines will have reciprocal frequent flier benefits starting January 7.

While no official details are out yet, this means it’s a good bet that by January 7 you should be able to:

  • Transfer your miles between American and US Airways accounts instantly (just like with United/Continental and Delta/Northwest)
  • Earn American miles on US Airways flights
  • Earn US Airways miles on American flights
  • Use American miles on US Airways flights (or at least transfer them to a US Airways account to use on their flights)
  • Use US Airways miles on American and other OneWorld partner flights (or at least transfer them to an American Airlines account to use on their flights)
  • Have your US Airways Preferred status honored on American flights, including upgrades
  • Have your American AAdvantage Elite status honored on US Airways flights, including upgrades

What you won’t be able to do

  • Earn US Airways miles on United or other Star Alliance flights
  • Use US Airways miles on United or other Star Alliance flights
  • Take advantage of the current US Airways award chart – it is likely to change then or shortly thereafter, and be combined with the American Airlines award chart and rules

The two programs will likely operate separately for about a year, like both United / Continental’s and Delta / Northwest’s programs during their mergers. But the rules and award prices will likely be merged into one format, possibly as soon as January.

So if there’s an award you want to take advantage of with your US Airways miles on United or its Star Alliance partners, START BOOKING now…you likely won’t be able to as soon as January 7.

Your US Airways Dividend Miles credit card will still be valid until the programs are finally merged, again for about a year is our guess. You’ll want to take advantage of its bonus mile offers soon. And all miles you earn with it will be combined into your American Airlines mileage account so you won’t lose any of your miles.

 

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