One of the more frequent questions I’ve been asked about the US Airways-American Airlines merger, now that the US Airways brand is expected to go away October 17 and all flights going forward will be American flights, is what happens to US Airways companion tickets after that?
Those companion tickets say they’re only valid for travel on US Airways, and that has meant US Airways flights and not American flights despite the merger.
But there are still Barclaycard-issued US Airways companion certificates valid for travel through December 31. Yet there won’t be any US Airways flights October 17 through December 31.
[S]tarting at some point in July, for travel at some point in October through the end of December, the certificates will have to be valid on American flights.
Now that October 17 US Airways flights onward have been transitioned to become American flights, the question comes up again. And several commenters have been asking for confirmation that this is how these companion tickets work.
I reached out to American and they have confirmed that the certificates are valid on American flights when travel is October 17 onward.
The rest of the restrictions on the certificate remain. They have to be booked by phone, calling the number on the back of the certificate. You’ll just be able to use them for American flights for October 17 onward travel.