Earlier in the week US Airways emailed DividendMiles members with further information regarding their transition to OneWorld.
The email linked to a page on usairways.com outlining their transition to OneWorld, and for the most part included information we already knew, though there was one section on award travel that was somewhat confusing.
How to redeem
- Check the American Airlines award chart to see how many miles you need to reach your desired destination.
- Book award travel on American with your Dividend Miles on usairways.com or call 800-428-4322.
- Miles cannot be combined between the Dividend Miles and AAdvantage programs to redeem flight awards.
Like many of you, I was concerned about this wording, as it seemed to suggest US Airways would be using American award chart as of March 31.
As promised, I reached out to a PR contact at American for clarification, and they’ve responded as follows:
AA and US Airways will maintain individual award redemption charts at this time. Although the chart being referred to on the page is the DM Award chart for redemption on American Airlines, it can also be used to redeem awards on oneworld partner airlines. For all other travel, customers will continue to use the DM award chart.
They’ve promised to send additional details early next week, but it sounds like the chart US Airways will be using for OneWorld partners will be the same chart they are currently using for American Airlines (which mirrors their Star Alliance award chart, for what it’s worth.
My guess is that this means you won’t be able to combine OneWorld carriers and other partners on award tickets, though I never really expected that to be the case.
Anyways, it’s nice to have that detail confirmed. It will be interesting to see how the next couple of weeks unfold in practice!