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Corrected 1/9/14 – US Airways elite policy clarified – elite status will not be fully reciprocal in January as the merged status benefits have not yet been decided.
Around January 7, 2014 American and US Airways elite fliers will enjoy *some* (not all) reciprocal benefits on American and US Airways flights. That means similar level elite fliers will enjoy similar level benefits on each airline – though our guess is upgrade benefits are not part of them. Here is the word from US Airways’ transition website:
That means things like which elite tiers will exist in the new American haven’t been decided. Nor has how upgrades will work for elite members. Our guess is the new airline will move to the US Airways model of offering domestic upgrades that don’t require certificates for all status levels. But there are other areas that aren’t aligned, like the number of System-Wide upgrades given to 100,000 mile level fliers. American gives 8, US Airways currently gives only 2. Our guess is they will meet somewhere in the middle once the programs merge.
Other changes coming…
Basically, American and US Airways will still operate under each others’ ‘house rules’ from January onward but you’ll be recognized with some benefits in the interim.
What’s not answered yet:
But it’s a decent time to consider a US Airways MasterCard – with the first purchase you’ll get bonus miles which you can quickly use to take advantage of both American and United / Star Alliance flights starting in early January.
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