I haven’t received my US Airways Dividend Miles e-statement for March yet, but Loyalty Lobby received his and notes the following paragraph:
Next month, we’ll reach the next milestone on our path to integration by bringing Dividend Miles into the American Airlines AAdvantage® program. We’ll transfer your mileage balance and elite-qualifying activity into your new (or existing) AAdvantage account.
When the 2015 program and details of how the US Airways and American programs would be combined were released in October, we were told the combination would happen during the second quarter of 2015. At the time I wrote,
They haven’t set a target date, and there’s lots of IT work to do, but they sounded optimistic to me about hitting their deadlines on the early, rather than late, side of the calendar.
Throughout I’ve been predicting early in the second quarter rather than later. Unless they were certain of being able to hit the second quarter (meaning they thought they’d be ready even before that) they wouldn’t have publicly made the second quarter commitment.
Nonetheless, this appears to be the first official confirmation that the combination should happen in April rather than June.
This is progress, and will mean your account balances can be used towards the same award tickets. For elite members it will make upgrading a whole lot easier with status on one airline while flying the other. So it’s a good thing.
However, it means that you should right away:
- Link your American and US Airways accounts to help ensure a smooth transition for your miles.
- Book any awards you want using the US Airways chart (which allows a stopover and more flexible routings than AAdvantage, but requires roundtrip flying)
- Get the US Airways credit card, that will go away for new applications once the programs merge.