LINK. The arrangement preserves Citi’s position as the combined airline's exclusive issuer of frequent flier cards, and allows Barclaycard to maintain its existing accounts using American's AAdvantage program branding. Following the planned integration of the AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles frequent flier loyalty programs by mid-2015, Citi will exclusively issue new credit card accounts in support of the combined American frequent flier program, John Gerspach, the chief financial officer of New York-based Citi, said during a Jan. 16 investor call to discuss fourth quarter 2013 earnings. Until then, it's business as usual. Barclaycard will continue its affinity card program under the US Airways brand, says Dennis Nealon, managing director of co-brand partnerships at Wilmington, Del.-based Barclaycard. "We have a unique opportunity before the brands merge for us to go out there and continue to acquire new card members for the US Airways Dividend Miles program," Nealon says. "We continue to be the exclusive providers of a card that gives US Airways-specific benefits when you fly US Airways." "Our goal over the period between merger and frequent flier program integration is absolutely to maximize the number of new cardholders that we can bring in," he adds.