Heads Up: United / US Airways Relationship Wind-Down

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  1. UA Insider
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    Hi everyone,

    As you've undoubtedly seen, American Airlines and US Airways closed their merger today. While our partnership with US Airways will be ending on March 30, 2014, it's still "business as usual" until then. Here are some things you need to know for the next few months:
    • All current tickets for travel on US Airways will be honored
    • You can continue to book award travel on US Airways using MileagePlus miles through March 30, 2014 (for any travel dates within the published schedule, even beyond March 30, 2014).
    • You can also continue to earn MileagePlus award miles on US Airways flights through March 30. On US Airways flights earning MileagePlus award miles you will also earn Premier qualifying miles, Premier qualifying segments, and Premier qualifying dollars for US Airways flights (in accordance with PQD/program rules) between January 1 and March 30, 2014
    • Star Alliance benefits on US Airways will apply through March 30, 2014.
    • If you have a United ClubSM membership, or if you are traveling on a United international premium cabin ticket, you can access the US Airways Club through March 30, 2014.
    We'll be sending emails to our customers over the next few hours, with the above information.

    Aaron Goldberg
    Sr. Manager - Customer Experience Planning
    United Airlines
     
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  2. Flyer1976
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    Aaron,

    As always we appreciate the heads up whether it's good or bad news. ;)
     
  3. MSPeconomist
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    Note that US (and AA when flying AA) lounges will not longer be available to AmEx Platinum and Centurion cardholders after March 22, 2014.
     
  4. davef139

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    What about the other way around can I earn US miles on my United ticket until March 30 or is that going to end sooner?
     
  5. Wandering Aramean
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    Per the US statements on the topic, yes, you can.

    I am a bit disappointed that UA did not tell the whole story on the winding down, particularly with respect to the cessation of codeshare ticket sales for flights operated by US. That is a pretty significant change in the relationship and one which does appear to have taken immediate effect.
     
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  6. radonc1951

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    I thought that people with Priority Pass Select could use AA lounges if traveling on an AA ticket. Is that not the case with US after March 22?
     
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    I don't think so. Part of the PP marketing is admission to lounges regardless of the carrrier that one is flying that day (provided that airport security arrangements allow you to access the loungee entry door).
     
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  8. Travelsavant
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    Thanks Aaron!
     
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  9. Newscience

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    WA, is it possible that UA was unaware of the US cessation of codeshare ticket sales?
    http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/usairways-merger-codeshare-woes.76830/
     
  10. Wandering Aramean
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    I doubt it.

    Moreover, I strongly doubt that they are unaware that they have ceased selling UA-coded, US-operated flights.
     
  11. Flyer1976
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    Now I wonder how much of a hit in revenue will that cost United.
     
  12. Gtitan
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    Say what you will about US, but the loss of US to *A, at least in the CONUS, is a big deal. YMMV
     
  13. Pizzaman
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    No question. My United miles are now worth noticeably less due to the loss of the significant chunk of East coast options I'll be losing out of IAD and DCA based on this move. Good thing I have AA status as well. ;)
     
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  14. Flyer1976
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    I would frequently redeem my UA Miles on US to get between ATL and quite a few destinations but that's coming to an end. :(
     
  15. Gtitan
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    Yep, CP status on US is looking pretty good from my vantage point as well.:D
     
  16. radonc1951

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    Agree 100%. Now I get to choose DL or the new AA as a secondary carrier since I do a lot of traveling in the SE USA. Talk about the "Lady or the Tiger" :eek:
     
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    US would often have Saver award seats available when UA doesn't. Less available options, no doubt.
     
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    So why do your agents now tell me I cannot book on US because they just got a memo telling them not to doANY new bbookings?
     
  19. KenInEscazu

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    I read in the AA forum that they are going to start reciprocal earnings with AA in January, and AA code shares on all US flights in February. Sounds like they may be technically leaving *A on 3/30, but actually starting ahead of schedule.
     

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