American Airlines and US Airways moved one step closer to the eventual integration today. While the airline has agreed to keep the two loyalty programs separate until 2015 and there is a lot more to come, they have introduced the 1st phase of reciprocal benefits as of today including the following:
- You can now earn and redeem both Aadvantage Miles or Dividend Miles on either American or US Airways. Your flights on either airline will now count towards your elite status qualification in the program of your choosing.
- Elite reciprocity – Elite members of either airline can now enjoy select elite reciprocal benefits on either airline including First and Business Class check-in, complimentary checked bags, priority security and boarding among others.
- Lounge reciprocity – Admirals Club members and US Airways club members can now visit any of the 35 Admiral’s Club or any of the 19 domestic US Airways clubs.
One great perk you should start to notice is the increased award availability as US Airways award space now shows and is bookable on AA.com via AAdvantage miles and vice-versa. This will increase your ability to take advantage of some of the sweet spots in the award charts of these two programs such as US Airways 90k business class awards to North Asia or US Airways off-peak Europe awards which run only 35k round-trip (off-peak season is Jan 15th- Feb 28th. Plus don’t forget you still get 5k off US Airways round-trip award redemptions if you hold the US Airways card.
What are some of your favorite redemption’s on either programs award chart?