US Airways and American Airlines have announced details of their joint operations in the coming months.
Here is what you need to know:
– Both airlines will operate separately for the rest of 2014; both reservation systems will operate independently
– The US Airways Dividend Miles program will be folded into AAdvantage by the second quarter of 2015
– US Dividend Miles will be transferred to AAdvantage miles presumably on a 1:1 basis starting in early 2015
– Elite status will be determined based on your activity in each program, with the US Airways Dividend Program ending in the second quarter
– The AAdvantage award chart will not be changed until at least the second quarter 2015 (based on this announcement)
Here's my strategy:
– I have two awards planned that I really want to book with US Airways Dividend Miles, so I will continue building my US Airways Dividend portfolio
– I assume I can book awards until mid-2015 – which means flights until mid 2016 can be used
– Any leftover miles in the program can be transferred (we may even see a transfer both ways for some time)
– I really, really hope the AAdvantage program stays the same for a bit longer – it fits my travel patterns VERY well
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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents.
Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines.
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