UA credit for USAIr shuttle after AA-US merger

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  1. Jasperrin

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    What advice do you have for 1K folks who fly frequently on USAir shuttle - for mileage collection after the US-AA merger?
    So, I fly the Bos-DCA shuttle mainly - does it make sense to ask American to meet status on UA and then shift loyalty?
     
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    You're not going to earn UA points on those flights so either collect in the new AA program, Alaska Airlines' MileagePlan, another oneworld partner or fly on UA ex-EWR.
     
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    If you have a VERY flexible schedule.
     
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    I didn't say it was a good idea, just that it was an option. :oops:

    And I agree that UA is probably the worst option in the market.
     
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    What will happen is still uncertain.

    It's expected that the Department of Transportation will force American and US Airways to give up some slots at DCA as part of the merger. Then the question is who gets them and where the slots will be used. Supposedly Southwest and JetBlue are seeking slots. JetBlue gives some AA credit on NY to Fla flights. If JetBlue decides to add NY service, it might be to JetBlue's advantage to offer United credit on any DCA to NY flights.

    But it's all speculation Jet Blue could use slots to fly elsewhere and if it decides to fly to Chicago, it isn't going to tie up with United.

    United also has the option of answering by expanding its tie up with Amtrak, which is probably more likely. http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/Marketing/CustComm/Promotions/Pages/Amtrak.aspx
     
  6. Wandering Aramean
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    There are, IMO, many better markets for B6 or WN to move in to than DCA-NYC. If they want to do LGA they'll need slots at LGA, too, making the route even more expensive to operate and harder to compete with the established players on.
     
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    Or, if doing NYC-WAS, take the Acela.

    Sent from a place using a fruit thing.
     
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    At $900 for walk up fares, shuttles are now very lucrative for the carriers.

    For *A pax, you're pretty much relegated to ewr post merger.
     
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    UA EWR at Terminal B/C would need to create shuttle type facilities to recreate the same product. Its not just departures every hour, its the quick in and out.
     
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    I'd take EWR with pre check over US ground Shuttle offerings at DCA.

    ETA of course UA Ex ops EWR -DCA out of Terminal A where there is no pre-check and the pre departure experience rivals that of a 3rd world airport (although the club is nice there).
     
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    I doubt many $900 walk-up fares are being bought. Some companies have negotiated walk-up fares on the shuttle, which are decent discount to the non walk-up fare, but still a pretty good yield to the airline. Both Delta/US have similar programs for their shuttles.

    Most buy it from the airport kisok, but once I had an issue and had to buy it from an agent. She looked at me if i was crazy when i asked "can i buy a one-way ticket on the next flight to Boston?"
     
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