I was kind of surprised to receive the following email from US Airways yesterday:
“You’ve earned Silver Preferred status for being one of our most valued customers. We hope you enjoy all the perks of being Preferred, which are getting even better now that we’ve merged with American Airlines. Your new membership kit will arrive in the mail in early April.
Although we’ll maintain our separate loyalty programs – Dividend Miles and AAdvantage – for some time, we’re excited to offer you select benefits when traveling on American. As a Silver Preferred member, you’ll enjoy:
- Unlimited complimentary upgrades to First Class on US Airways and US Airways Express-operated flights*
- A 25% mileage bonus on all eligible US Airways, American and most partner flights
- Minimum mileage guarantee for US Airways and American flights less than 500 miles in length
- Complimentary checked bag when flying on US Airways and American**
- Priority check-in, security and boarding when flying on US Airways and American
- An annual US Airways Club membership discount
- Special offers and savings on rental cars, hotels and more
- oneworld® alliance Ruby status beginning March 31, 2014
On March 30, 2014, we’ll exit Star Alliance. You can earn and redeem miles on Star Alliance carriers until that date, and any existing reservations for travel on a codeshare flight with a Star Alliance partner are safe. You will, however, no longer earn miles or receive Star Alliance Silver benefits after March 30, 2014. We plan to join the oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014, which means you can look forward to elite benefits and mileage earning and redemption opportunities on oneworld carriers.
Thanks again for flying with us, and we look forward to seeing you on board soon.”
This is pretty awesome, given that I didn’t fly a single revenue mile on US Airways last year. I think that says a lot about what it takes to be one of US Airways’ “most valued customers.” 😉
I did buy miles several times, though. I figured it might have to do with my American status, but then I realized that I haven’t in any way linked my American and US Airways frequent flyer accounts, so that can’t really be.
Anyone else receive an email from US Airways with free status?