US Airways left the Star Alliance yesterday, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that booked one (or seven) last minute award tickets as a “last hurrah” of sorts. While I love OneWorld, given US Airways’ award chart I do think that the value proposition was slightly better with the Star Alliance on the whole. I made sure that all the travel I booked is more or less set in stone so I don’t have any intention of changing it, but then again you never know if something comes up later.
So one question I’ve been asked at least a dozen times this morning (and have wondered myself) is whether US Airways Star Alliance awards can be changed to OneWorld as of today? If you booked a Star Alliance award obviously you won’t be able to voluntarily change segments to airlines with which US Airways no longer partners. But can you change to flights operated by US Airways’ new OneWorld partners?
Unfortunately I’m being told the answer is no. If you want to change a Star Alliance award issued by US Airways to OneWorld — even if it’s just one segment — you have to redeposit the entire award and start over. Obviously that comes with a $150 change fee, though any change would incur that fee anyway.
It’ll get really tricky when there are schedule changes on Star Alliance award tickets. In theory there are alliance liaisons that usually handle those situations, though US Airways is no longer part of the Star Alliance, so I’m not sure how that would work. My guess is that if there’s an involuntary schedule change and no other alternatives they may be willing to add a OneWorld segment to a Star Alliance award, but aside from that I doubt we’ll have much luck.
Anyway, just something to be aware of if you were hoping to change any part of a Star Alliance award to OneWorld.