American Airlines and US Airways Announce Merger
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(Posted: Feb 14, 2013)
After months of speculation, American Airlines and US Airways have announced they will be merging.
The new airline will be called American Airlines and remain a member of the oneworld alliance. The combined airline will be headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth and maintain all hubs currently served by American Airlines and US Airways and plans to introduce additional service to existing cities along with service to new cities.
For now, the two airlines will continue to operate independently. The merger is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2013, subject to customary approvals and closing conditions.
Likewise, the American AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs will remain unchanged until the combined airline begins to integrate the two frequent flyer programs. American Airlines website states, "Once the merger is complete, the new American will evaluate how best to structure its loyalty program."
We don't know what the new frequent flyer program will look like, but the program will continue to offer one-way awards, an option that isn't currently allowed by Dividend Miles. We also expect the American AAdvantage flight search engine to replace the Dividend Miles website, which currently doesn't include online award booking for flights on partner airlines.
The program will stay with oneworld, which means Dividend Miles members will no longer have access to award flights on Star Alliance partners. However, it is possible that during the transition, members of both programs will be able to transfer miles freely between accounts. For a short time, members of either program may be able to earn and redeem miles on either Star Alliance or oneworld. Before United MileagePlus and Continental OnePass completed their integration, members could transfer miles between accounts with no fees.
The US Airways credit cards issued by Barclays and the Citibank AAdvantage cards will not immediately be impacted and you can continue to earn miles for credit card purchases. The airline will eventually align itself with one card issuer.
As with the last merger between Continental OnePass and United MileagePlus, your miles are safe and you can continue to earn and redeem them as before. You can keep track of the progress of the merger at http://www.newamericanarriving.com
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