On March 13, American sent out word that the American and US Airways frequent flyer programs would be combined within 30 days. Or in American parlance, that’s when they’d move to ‘Single Frequent Flyer Program’ (SFFP).
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.
It turns out that the programs may combine even more quickly than promised (before the second quarter) and long before the end of the ’30 days’ range.
This is apparently the current target date. They’re certainly running significant tests and continue to wargame the combination. So hiccups could occur that push back the date.
It makes complete sense to pick a Saturday for this. That gives them all day Sunday to bring things back up if need be, too.
If you want to book any US Airways awards through the Dividend Miles program, do it right away. They’ve said they will close off US Airways award bookings a few days in advance of combining the programs.