Congratulations, US Airways, you’ve taken another step toward the merger’s culmination by switching alliances, in particular, moving from Star to oneworld. Now, US Airways members will have a completely different list of carriers on which they can use their miles.
One of the big benefits of alliance changes is that previous alliance members start offering status matches. In other words, you may have had Star Alliance status previously through US Airways, but now your have oneworld. But Star, or at least certain carriers within Star, don’t want to lose your business, so they offer status matches. How does that work? Glad you asked, since it works very easily.
In this case, Air Canada is throwing the first grenade. Send them a scan of your US Airways card before April 30 and fly at least one flight on them before May 31 and you’ll earn the equivalent status on Air Canada through the end of February 2015. Check out all the details here.
Why does it matter? Well, you might like your Star Alliance status. And besides, having status in two alliances is better than one. But most importantly, there is a little-known rule regarding lounge access: Members who have Star Gold status (in this case, the equivalent of US Airways Gold or Altitude Elite on AC) on an airline from outside the United States get lounge privileges when flying Star Alliance carriers that day. No membership card necessary, just show them your boarding pass with the appropriate status. This access does not apply to members who earned their status on US Airways or United, so having that Air Canada status will get you into any Star Gold lounge. For those who have never been in a lounge, while they’re not quite the quiet oasis that they once were, they are a much nicer place to wait for your flight and have agents who can work miracles.
Bottom line: One cheap flight will get you a nice status match. If your US Airways status is high enough, it’s worth it.Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your Social or Promotions boxes!
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