We’ve known for a while that American AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles will integrate in the second quarter of 2015.
That being said, up until now American and US Airways haven’t been more detailed as to which part of the second quarter the programs would integrate in. My understanding has always been that they were aiming for earlier in the second quarter rather than later in the second quarter, but that was never official.
Via the Dividend Miles e-statement which Dividend Miles sent out to members, it seems like AAdvantage and Dividend Miles will merge in April 2015:
Next month, we’ll reach the next milestone on our path to integration by bringing Dividend Miles into the American Airlines AAdvantage® program. We’ll transfer your mileage balance and elite-qualifying activity into your new (or existing) AAdvantage account.
Interestingly in late February we had reason to believe that the programs might integrate late this month, due to the verbiage used in describing the Jet Airways/Dividend Miles partnership ending. But that would have been earlier than the timeframe given, and I suspect that would have irked some members.
Now that April has “officially” been announced as the integration month, I expect we’ll have an exact date soon.
In the meantime:
- Link your AAdvantage and Dividend Miles accounts, so that your account transition goes smoothly when the programs merge (some people have had issues whereby they can’t link accounts when the names don’t match exactly)
- Decide whether you want to redeem your Dividend Miles before the programs merge, or want to wait until they’re converted into AAdvantage miles (in most cases you’ll get better value redeeming them now)
- Keep in mind that if you’re a Dividend Miles Chairman’s Preferred member, you’ll be getting eight systemwide upgrades in a matter of weeks — start thinking about what you want to do with them
Are you looking forward to or dreading the AAdvantage/Dividend Miles integration?
(Tip of the hat to Loyalty Lobby)