Early this month we learned that American Airlines and US Airways frequent flyer programs would merge within 30 days. Now, just a couple of weeks later, the New American has announced that the programs will actually merge March 28, 2014 –that this weekend! With said announcement, we also learned that US Airways Dividend miles awards MUST be booked by Midnight central time on March 25, 2015 (TOMORROW!!)!!
“On March 28, we’ll begin moving Dividend Miles® accounts into the AAdvantage® program. This transition to a single loyalty program will take several days.
As you requested, we’ll transfer your Dividend Miles award mileage balance, Preferred-qualifying activity and million mile balance into your AAdvantage account on a one-to-one ratio. We’ll determine your elite status level by looking at your combined elite-qualifying activity for 2014, and separately, your combined 2015 year-to-date elite-qualifying activity.
We’ll email you when we start moving your Dividend Miles balances and later when everything is combined. During this transition, aa.com and usairways.com will only show your AAdvantage account balance. Until everything is combined, you can continue using your primary loyalty account.
Here’s what you can expect in the coming days:
Redeeming Dividend Miles for travel
Please complete any pending or immediate Dividend Miles redemptions before March 25 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. After that, we’ll disable Dividend Miles redemptions. Once we’ve merged your accounts, which will take several days, you’ll be able to redeem on aa.com and with AAdvantage reservations.
Using your credit card
US Airways Dividend Miles® MasterCard® credit cards will soon be replaced with new AAdvantage® AviatorTMMasterCard® credit cards. Until your new credit card arrives, continue to use your current US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard.
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Traveling with us
If you’ve already booked travel on American or US Airways using your Dividend Miles number, we’ll update your reservation with your AAdvantage number.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and for flying with us.
Suzanne L. Rubin
President, AAdvantage Loyalty Program”
Things to do before the merger
- Link your AA and US Airways accounts: If you have yet to link your American Airlines and US Airways frequent flyer accounts, be sure to link your accounts which will allow your two account balances to be combined, along with lifetime miles and status.
- Redeem US Airways miles: There are only a few hours left to book US Airway Awards. There are hidden gems in the US Airways program that will be done away with come tomorrow night. For example, travel to Asia via the Atlantic with a stopover in Europe! See my list of US Airways Best Awards
- Redeem US Chairman Upgrade Certificates: Use them or lose them, as any leftover Chairman’s Preferred electronic upgrades that are not used or requested by March 27, 2015 will be lost.
- Take screen shots of both accounts: If you have miles in your American Airlines or US Airways accounts, take screenshots. As the process of merging accounts will take days, there could be hiccups and miles could be lost. Protect yourself with screenshots of both accounts
- Start Planning American Airlines Award Trips: American Airlines is one of the only airlines who has not devalued their award chart in the last couple of years. Expect a huge devaluation to come after the merger is completed. With only three major airlines left in the US, we are at the airlines mercy now more than ever. Book you award trips now to secure your lower price awards. See some of AA awesome awards
This weekend things could be messy for US And AA flyers as American works to combine the two programs and US Airway flyers learn how to navigate the AA frequent flyer program. Over 100 million accounts will be merged over the next several days and we could see many IT Hiccups along the way. Do not freak out if you cannot access your AA Advantage account this weekend, but follow my advice and take screenshots, because you never know what might just happen over the next few days.