Last week I wrote that, as part of merging US Airways Dividend Miles into American AAdvantage within 30 days, we can expect Dividend Miles to start locking itself down.
This is a major data migration project, it’s hard to imagine one larger.
In advance of the integration — and as I would expect with a complex data migration project that will involve over 100 million separate database records once complete (!) — they’re going to begin to lock down their systems.
- They’re going to stop ‘linking’ accounts before the programs merge. This page says March 20.
- They’ll presumably stop allowing new enrollments in Dividend Miles before the date the programs actually combine.
- “Dividend Miles award bookings and mileage upgrade requests will be disabled a few days before we combine programs”
They have to start locking down pieces of the equation to reduce the chances of error. In fact, I would expect that at some point prior to the data migration they’ll stop posting miles to Dividend Miles as well, and wait to post them to American AAdvantage after the cutover instead.
And now it is no longer possible to join the Dividend Miles program.
There’s still a ‘join’ button on the US Airways website.
It takes you to the page to join American AAdvantage.
Next stage of lockdown is to stop allowing members to link their accounts. So if you have both a US Airways and an American frequent flyer number and you haven’t yet linked your accounts to ensure that miles are combined smoothly do that today or tomorrow.