Last October American announced the details of the 2015 AAdvantage program, including that the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs will merge sometime in the second quarter of 2015.
An exact date for the integration of the two programs hasn’t yet been announced, though it looks like we might now have reason to believe that AAdvantage and Dividend Miles will merge around March 20, 2015, which is a bit ahead of schedule (which I know they’ve been aiming for all along).
Specifically, US Airways has posted that their Dividend Miles partnership with Jet Airways will end as of March 20, 2015:
Our partnership with Jet Airways will end on March 20, 2015. You can request retroactive credit through March 25, 2015 for Jet Airways flights flown before March 20, 2015. For all travel on Jet Airways after March 20th 2015, members may earn millage under their existing or newly issued American Airlines AAdvantage account. The AAdvantage number must be entered into the reservation. For details on the AAdvantage / Jet Airways partnership please visit: http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/earnMiles/travel/airlines/jetAirways.jsp.
That does seem to suggest that the programs will merge around then. Though that’s not the only “evidence” that leads to such a conclusion.
For a long time US Airways offered the Preferred Trial Program, whereby you could earn all the way up to top tier Chairman’s Preferred status based on how much you flew in a 90 day period.
The ability to sign-up for a Preferred Trial was discontinued on December 21, 2014. Given that the trial lasts 90 days, it would make sense that they discontinued that offering at least 90 days before Dividend Miles disappears into thin air. Now, is it a coincidence that December 21, 2014 (when the trial was discontinued), is exactly 90 days from March 21, 2015 (when the above seems to suggest the programs will be integrated)? I doubt it!
So while it’s not set in stone, I do strongly believe that Dividend Miles will be merged into AAdvantage around March 20-21, 2015.
Now is a good time to think about whether you want to redeem your Dividend Miles balance before the program is integrated into AAdvantage!
What do you make of this — do you think the timing is just a coincidence, or is Dividend Miles merging into AAdvantage around March 20, 2015?
(Tip of the hat to The Winglet)