March 13, 2015 – Last October, US Airways and American Airlines announced they would be combining their frequent flyer programs as part of the upcoming merger between the two airlines. It’s now official – within the next 30 days, US Airways Dividend Miles members will be rolled into the American Airlines AAdvantage program.
How the Changes Will Affect Elite Status Members
Elite members of the new combined AAdvantage program will now be able to redeem miles for mileage upgrade awards on both American and US Airways marketed and operated flights, as well as request upgrades on both American and US Airways marketed and operated flights before day of departure.
When flying on American, elite members (Gold, Platinum, and Executive Platinum) and one companion will get complimentary upgrades for flights under 500 miles (Executive Platinum members get free upgrades for all flights). When flying on US Airways, all elite status levels receive unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades for the member and one companion.
What You Need to Do
- If you don't already have an American Airlines frequent flyer account, you don't have to do anything - one will be created for you, and your Dividend Miles and activity will be deposited into it.
- If you have both an American Airlines and US Airways frequent flyer account, US Airways is requesting you inform them by March 20, 2015 so your Dividend Miles and activity will be transferred to your AAdvantage account.