Even though US Airways left the Star Alliance and joined the oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014, they’ve continued to have partnerships on the side with a few of their previous Star Alliance partners.
Some of these partnerships had short term expiration dates. As of now US Airways still partners with the following Star Alliance airlines, per their “other airline” award chart:
- Aegean Airlines
- Air China
- Shenzhen Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
- TAP Portugal
- Turkish Airlines
It’s worth noting that two of these partnerships will expire in roughly a week. US Airways Dividend Miles will be discontinuing their partnerships with Singapore and Turkish as of July 31, 2014.
For most people this probably isn’t significant, as there are lots of great uses of miles on oneworld partners. That being said, if you do specifically want to redeem miles on either of these carriers, you’ll want to book within the next week (even though travel can be after that).
Keep in mind that if you redeem Dividend Miles for one of US Airways’ non-oneworld partners you can’t mix airlines on the award — you have to exclusively fly that carrier for the entire trip.
To some that will still be useful. For example, you can fly Turkish business class from the US to Asia via Istanbul with a stopover there (they have a great business class lounge in Istanbul). It’s definitely not a bad use of miles, though you’re committed to flying them the entire way.
Singapore Airlines only releases economy and shorthaul business class award space to partner airlines, so if you’re looking for a premium cabin redemption then you’ll want to look elsewhere (though there are plenty of ways to accrue KrisFlyer miles directly, so that shouldn’t be so difficult). If you’re looking to redeem miles for economy class, though, since definitely has one of the better economy class products out there.
Is anyone planning on still redeeming Dividend Miles for travel on Turkish or Singapore?