I just received this news about the American Airlines and US Airways merger in regards to how it will affect their rewards programs.
The American Airlines and US Airways merger has legally closed, which means they’re taking steps toward building the new American.
At this time, American and US Airways will operate as separate airlines, and each company will maintain its current loyalty program.
Any mileage balance or elite status that you have earned in either frequent flyer program is completely safe.
You can continue to earn miles through existing Dividend Miles participating companies – including the US Airways MasterCard and US Airways Visa credit cards – and redeem those miles for the same great awards.
Beginning in early January, they’ll announce new benefits such as the ability to earn and redeem miles on both carriers and reciprocal lounge access.
They plan to join the oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014, which means that Dividend Miles members can look forward to mileage earning and redemption opportunities, reciprocal elite benefits and lounge access on oneworld carriers.
They’ll exit Star Alliance on March 30, 2014, and, as of today (12/9/2013), they will no longer offer codeshare flights for sale on United Airlines.
Any reservations you may have with United Airlines and other Star Alliance partners are safe, and you’ll continue to earn miles and receive benefits until that time.
Visit usairways.com/arriving for more details about the merger’s affects on their rewards programs.