As part of the announced award chart changes, US Airways has eliminated blackout dates.
Seriously — did you realize US Airways still had those? It’s so 1990’s. Or South Korean.
There were dates you simply could not redeem miles for a US Airways flight. It wasn’t that availability was scarce, or it took a whole lot of miles, you just weren’t allowed to redeem for those flights.
And now you can, although it’ll likely take quite a few points on days that used to be blacked out.
Meanwhile US Airways will start charging elite members the program’s cash co-pays for domestic upgrades.
As of April 23, 2014, the mileage upgrade fee will now apply to Preferred members on US Airways flights. The fee will continue to be waived for fares purchased in Y or B.
American charges elite members $75 to use miles for a one-way confirmed domestic upgrade ($175 for Hawaii). At US Airways the fee ranges from $25 to $150 depending on region and distance.
But now US Airways and American have taken another step to align: like American, US Airways will have no more blackout dates for award travel, and will charge elites the cash co-pay for confirmed upgrade awards.
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