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A lot of people still have US Airways companion certificates from the former Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard that haven’t yet expired, with some allowing travel as late as December 31st of this year.
Now that American and US Airways are merging, they have started to prepare for combined reservation systems, and US Airways flights no longer exist after October 16th. So if you use your certificate for travel that starts beyond October 16th, you can use your certificate on any American Airlines flights in the lower 48 United States and Canada.
Basically, US Airways has handed over the booking of the companion certificates to a special team at American Airlines.
When you call the US Airways reservation line, they’ll transfer you to a different department when you state you’re using a Barclaycard certificate. At the moment, it’s actually the American ‘Business Extra’ group reservations desk that’s handling things. Previously, US Airways agents handled the whole process.
If you want to reach the Business Extra desk directly they are on 1-800-433-1790, which could help you avoid wait times on the US Airways 1-800-428-4322 reservation line.
Why is this important?
Being able to choose American Airlines flights can open up a lot more useful opportunities to use your companion certificate, since American was a larger airline than US Airways on its own.
The other restrictions of the certificate remain, including only applying to flights within the lower 48 United States and Canada, and requiring you avoid the blackout dates printed on your certificate.
But if you have a certificate that allows travel until December 31, consider saving it for travel between mid October and the end of the year.
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