With US Airways having transitioned from the Star Alliance to OneWorld yesterday, I figured I would quickly recap their stopover rules, given that American AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles have very different award ticket policies.
American AAdvantage only allows a stopover at the North American transoceanic gateway.
This means if you’re flying New York > Los Angeles > Hong Kong you can only have a stopover in Los Angeles.
The benefit of this is that you can get a stopover even on a one-way, though unfortunately you can’t stopover outside of North America.
US Airways Dividend Miles allows one stopover OR open jaw on a roundtrip award.
The OneWorld hubs are as follows:
|Air Berlin||Berlin, Dusseldorf|
|American Airlines||Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York|
|Cathay Pacific||Hong Kong|
|LAN||Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago|
|TAM||Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo|
|Malaysia Airlines||Kuala Lumpur|
|US Airways||Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington|
OneWorld Hub Airports
Meanwhile US Airways’ transatlantic gateway cities are as follows:
US Airways European Destinations
There are a couple of things to note regarding this:
- You don’t have to be flying the OneWorld airline to their hub in order to have a stopover there.
- In other words, in order to have a stopover in Sao Paulo you don’t have to be flying TAM there, since it’s their hub. You could be flying American there, or any other OneWorld carrier, for that matter.
- If you get an agent that says otherwise, simply hang up and call again.
- Stopover cities are somewhat flexible.
- So this might sound silly, but stopover cities are somewhat flexible, because in many cases airlines don’t clearly define their hubs.
- I mean, what’s really the difference between a hub and focus city? For Qantas, is Brisbane a hub, given that they have longhaul operations out of there? What about Brasilia for TAM, or Palma de Mallorca for Air Berlin?
- Getting a stopover is all about the confidence with which you approach it.
- It’s not totally impossible to get a stopover at a city that isn’t necessarily a hub.
- Qantas flies from Los Angeles to Brisbane, so if I wanted a stopover there I would call and say “and then I’d like to fly from Los Angeles to Brisbane, and then do a stopover there, since it’s a OneWorld hub.”
- Agents will rarely reference their hub “list,” if they even have one for OneWorld yet, unless they have any doubts. Of course you’ll have a harder time arguing that Auckland is a hub for Qantas as opposed to Brisbane, for example.
That’s just a quick rundown, though if anyone has any questions please let me know!