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Use US Airways miles on American flights as soon as Nov 1?

by on Thu July 25, 2013 • No Comment

American US Airways mergerThat’s the word out on FlyerTalk from a source inside US Airways. The company was briefed that US Airways will join OneWorld on November 1 this year. Not formally confirmed, but it makes sense given it only takes 6 months notice for US Airways to leave its current partners.

  • That means US Airways frequent flyer miles will be able to be used for flights on American Airlines and other OneWorld partners like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, LAN, Japan Airlines, Iberia, Qantas and more. In reverse, American miles can be used for US Airways flights at that point too.
  • It also means US Airways miles *won’t* be able to be used for new tickets on United or other Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa, Air Canada, and ANA after November 1st.

What about tickets I’ve already booked? These will be honored, in fact it’s probably likely you can book reward tickets on United and other current partners right up until November 1st for flights up to about 330 days after that. So you could travel right through most of next year on United flights using US Airways miles. They just need to be booked before November 1st, and can’t be changed after that.

Will I be able to combine US Airways and American miles? Eventually, yes. Not clear that will happen precisely on November 1st. That’s simply the day US Airways is expected to be a mileage partner with American. Actually combining the frequent flyer programs and accounts will probably take longer, perhaps as lounges until next summer. Sometime between November and then, you can expect to be able to transfer miles between American and US Airways accounts.

What will happen to the US Airways Barclays credit card? US Airways will still operate separately for a while, and again the frequent flyer program won’t merge with American AAdvantage until some time after November.

While Citibank got the rights to continue issuing the American Airlines credit card – it’s still possible Barclays will get to issue its own card with the new American, perhaps as a way to bridge over existing US Airways credit card holders. Regardless, US Airways miles already earned with the Barclays Dividend Miles credit card will be transferred 1:1 into the new American Airlines program.

These are the best offers we know of for the cards right now:

> US Airways Dividend Miles Premier World MasterCard – 40,000 miles

> Citi® Platinum Select AAdvantage® MasterCard – 40,000 – 50,000 miles

How many miles will I need for flights on American? It’s an interesting question. Our guess is the US Airways award chart won’t change much when it initially joins OneWorld in November. It’s when it merges with AAdvantage later that things may change more substantially, but everything is open season at this point.


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