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Book US Airways award flights on & AA flights on US

by on Tue January 7, 2014 • 3 Comments

You can now use your American AAdvantage miles to book US Airways flights directly on And you can use your US Airways Dividend miles to book American flights directly on

This is a great development for two reasons:

  • 1. You now have more options than ever to use your American and US Airways miles
  • 2. It shows that the new American isn’t going to adopt US Airways stance of making online redemption of partner airlines difficult but not displaying them at all

The award chart is exactly the same as it was before for all of American partners, so no changes to report there for now. The same for US Airways – no change to its award charts. This means you can take advantage of its lucrative 90,000 mile Business Class award to North Asia with American Airlines flights for now.

View American Airlines availability on

Here are some details

  • You can only book the lowest available mileage level seats for each airline. So American fliers will only see the ‘Low’ level awards from US Airways, not the ‘Medium’ or ‘High’ level flights, and US Airways fliers will only be able to see and book flights that have ‘MileSAAver’ availability on American.
  • You can now book First Class on 3-cabin planes via American operates 3 cabins (First, Business, and Coach class) on some flights, such as to select International destinations and from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • You  have an alternative way to book US Airways flights with one-way awards. AAdvantage miles let you book US Airways flights as one-ways. You still can’t do that with US Airways miles.

As for availability, here you can see for JFK-LHR the exact same non-stop American Airlines flights available at the MileSAAver level are available via and

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This is a great time to get a US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard, as you can now use it to book all Star Alliance flights (including United) until March 30, as well as all American Airlines flights. See the latest offers here.

What we don’t know yet

  • What the new award chart will look like when the frequent flier programs are merged. We’ll get one hint around March 31 when US Airways enters OneWorld and allows booking of OneWorld partners like British Airways with US Airways miles. Though our sense is there will just be an interim partner award chart that looks not far off from American’s current chart.
  • When you can transfer miles. This may never happen, and your miles may not be transferable or combinable until the programs are fully merged late this year or sometime in 2014. Though it’s possible when US Airways enters OneWorld we could get this functionality.



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3 thoughts on Book US Airways award flights on & AA flights on US

  1. sheila

    I’m new to award booking. Does AA or US Airways offer flight from Boston to Hong Kong? How to book it? Can’t find it on their site..

    1. MileCards

      @shella – American is launching a flight from Dallas to Hong Kong this summer – if you look at dates June onward you will see it. You can also book on Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong with your American miles which offers you many more options and available dates. For that you will have to call American directly to book. Starting in April you can also do that with US Airways miles.

      You can also see the Cathay Pacific availability if you create an account at British Airways’ site and do an award search there. But calling American directly they’ll still be glad to help you find award seats on Cathay.

      Cathay flies to Hong Kong from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver – all accessible with connections on American and US Airways.


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