Or, consider other cards for 50,000 or more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
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Frequent Business Traveler is reporting that US Airways plans to leave Star Alliance on March 1, 2014, and join American Airlines‘ OneWorld alliance about one month later, around April 2014. This is all part of US Airways and American merging into one airline.
At that time you’ll be able to use US Airways miles on OneWorld partners like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and more.
That’s a little later than some people hoped, but it may not be the only angle here…
January 7 is still noted by American to be a big day for combining the American and US Airways frequent flier programs and benefits together. With that as the case, here’s what could still happen starting in January and *until* March / April…
Or, we may just have to wait until March for US Airways and American miles to be fully interchangeable. In that case all that will happen on January 7 may be making it clear any miles earned on US Airways flights from then on will be counted toward new American status, along with a layout of what the new membership tiers will look like.
Official announcements will be made on American’s merger website.
Either way, the US Airways / American merger will make the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Ultimate Rewards points a lot more interesting – as you’ll be able to take advantage of lucrative short haul British Airways Avios awards on US Airways flights starting next Spring.
As for US Airways credit cards…
Our advice is to apply for one now – there is a 35,000 mile bonus with no purchase required and no annual fee the first year. They will disappear sometime in the next 1-2 years. And once they do, it’s possible Citibank will be offering special bonuses to get former US Airways credit card holders to sign up for credit cards with the new American Airlines.
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