January 7 was “customer day one” for the “new” American, and it’s now possible to credit American flights to US Airways Dividend Miles, and to credit US Airways flights to American AAdvantage.
I suppose to get people used to crediting to both airlines, they’re offering a 50% bonus on miles when you credit to the other airline. Registration is required separately for both airlines (depending on which you’re hoping to credit to), and the promotion is valid for flights taken between January 13 and March 2, 2014. Previously booked travel qualifies, so there’s no restriction on when the ticket had to be booked. Furthermore, you don’t even have to register prior to travel — if you register any time during the promotion period all your flights during the promotion period will count. Lastly, the flights don’t have to be codeshares — as long as they’re operated by the other carrier they qualify, regardless of whether they’re codeshares or not.
- Register here to earn bonus American AAdvantage miles for crediting your US Airways flights
- Register here to earn bonus US Airways Dividend Miles for crediting your American flights
So this sounds nice in theory, and for some people it will be useful. We don’t actually know when American AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles can be combined, both in terms of redeemable and elite qualifying miles. My guess is that redeemable miles will be transferable between airlines within a few months (maybe shortly after US Airways leaves the Star Alliance), while elite qualifying miles may very well be combined from both carriers at the end of the year, though that’s just speculation on my part.
If you’re a non-elite member or traveling in a paid premium cabin this could very well make sense. But if you’re like me, there aren’t many circumstances where this would make sense. I’m an Executive Platinum member with American and get a 100% bonus on all miles flown, while I don’t have any status with US Airways. So if I were to fly American and credit to US Airways I’d actually get less of a mileage bonus (50% vs. 100%). Beyond that I wouldn’t be eligible for upgrades since American and US Airways don’t offer reciprocal upgrades of any sort (not even factoring in that I don’t have status with US Airways).
So I suppose there are circumstances where this could make sense, but it’s just a bit too risky for me. I doubt we’ll definitively know by March 2 if elite qualifying mileage totals can be combined by the end of the year, and if it’s not a sure thing it’s just not worth the risk of crediting to US Airways for me…
Are you guys planning on taking advantage of this promotion?