Jan 07

American and US Airways start the merger benefits

With US Airways having officially bought American Airlines (although the new airline will keep the American Airlines name), the combo has started to merge their benefits, as anticipated.  With the American name remaining, most of the frequent flyer benefits will remain on the American side.

In terms of earning and burning miles, flights on either airline can be credited to American.  For elite status, however, you can put miles in the program of your choice.  Why is this important?  Don’t forget our discussion of alliances.  If you normally fly US Airways but have your miles credited to another Star Alliance carrier for elite status purposes, you will still be able to do so.

Other elite status benefits are now available on either carrier.  Benefits that are reciprocal include premium check-in, complimentary checked bags and priority security/boarding.

Are you a lounge member with American?  You can now use all the US Airways Clubs, as well.

Over the coming weeks, I would anticipate more news about the integration of the programs.

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