With the merger of US Airways Dividend Miles into the American AAdvantage program, there’s no more separate US Airways program. There are no more US Airways miles or elite upgrades.
There’s only AAdvantage. US Airways members are now American AAdvantage members.
The two airlines remain separate and will continue to operate separately until late this year.
American’s new domestic first class product
Until now, American miles could be used to upgrade American flights, and US Airways miles used to upgrade US Airways flights. Each airline’s top tier elite systemwide upgrades could only be used on the issuing-airline’s flights.
American’s business class seat onboard the Boeing 777-300ER
That changes now.
- American AAdvantage elite status is valid for complimentary upgrades on US Airways domestic flights.
- American miles can be used (with cash co-pay) to upgrade US Airways flights.
- American systemwide eVIP upgrades can be used to upgrade US Airways flights.
American has the most generous top tier elite upgrades — eight confirmed upgrades per year valid on any paid fare. Now US Airways Chairmans Preferred members, who are new Executive Platinums, get these as well.
And upgrades can be had on both American and US Airways flights.
American’s business class onboard the A321 flying between New York and San Francisco/Los Angeles
The key to booking upgrades – in addition to upgrade space being available of course, ‘C’ for upgrades from coach to business and ‘A’ for upgrades to first class — is to avoid booking codeshare flights. You need to book a US Airways-coded US Airways-operated, or an American-coded American-operated, flight if you want to confirm an upgrade in advance.