Will US & AA miles combine to calc 2014 status?

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  1. Global Explat
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    Just adding up where my current flying will get me to by year end if no changes:

    88300 EQP with American
    14800 PQM with US Air

    Is there any likelihood they combine these, thus getting me to EXP in 2014? Or am I going to have to consider a late AA mileage run ?

    Anyone have experience on what happened after previous mergers closed?

    Thanks
     
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  2. MSYgirl

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    It's possible, but this late in the year I wouldn't chance it. The combination of US and AA miles would have bumped me to the next level, but I didn't want to leave it to chance and filled the remaining AA miles to be safe.
     
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    I wouldn't bet on it.
     
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  4. gleff
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    My expectation would be that 2014 flying would be combined for 2015 status.
     
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    I concur with the (so far) overwhelming majority of opinion on this post - there's not enough time left in the year for this to occur. Clearly, US and AA are moving as fast as possible to merge their companies, but the combination of their 2013 rewards programs for 2014 is almost certainly in the "too hard to do" box. :(

    FWIW, it's too bad that your mileage totals with AA and US weren't inverted. You could "buy up" to Chairmen's Preferred status at year's end to have that "magic" 100K total. At 88K US miles, it would cost $789, but with the merger on the immediate horizon, it could be a worthwhile consideration. ;)

    BTW, a great article was written in the WSJ a week ago, describing the many difficulties of the merger, through the perspective of US Airways CEO Doug Parker. It can be seen here:
    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304579404579232100811998912
     
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  6. ballardFlyer

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    Hope they do combine mileage balances or at least let flights on US count for rest of month, but think it is very doubtful that it will happen as others said.

    Thanks for sharing the article. Hadnt seen it but love this part of Parker's article where he says

    "The American team makes sure everything is really, really ready to go before they pull the trigger. We [LCC] have a bias for action with less preparation."

    Maybe this last systems upgrade was AA attempting to switch to the LCC culture shift of more action with less preparation. :D

    But in all honesty that doesn't make me feel good about the future. I think people in the aviation biz should measure thrice and cut once. Every time.
     
  7. bhamsan01

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    US flights can be credited to AA and vice versa starting tomorrow, per senior CS Agent I spoke to last week.
     
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  8. Pizzaman
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    AA has a similar program this year, though much more costly for EXP buy-up:

    http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/eliterenewal.jsp?anchorLocation=DirectURL&title=elite2014

    Specifically for the OP, you need to be at 90K minimum to take advantage of the buy-up, which will cost you (gulp!) $1799.
     
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    That would be awesome - hope it pans out!
     
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    Looks like the answer will be "no". But next year account EQM balances will be merged for 2015 status.
     
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    Speaking of mileage transfers, when are we all speculating we will be able to transfer our US miles to AA?
     
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    Good question. I'm betting by March.
     
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  13. chef4u
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    So if I read this correctly, if I fly on US Air next month, I can have them credit it to my AA account? When I book, will AA Gold status get me anything on US Air?
     
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    Reciprocal benefits. So whatever a 25K tier UA elite gets, you'll get on a US flight...which is likely not much except access to preferred seating areas. Upgrade benefits are not reciprocal yet though.
     
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    I was asking about AA, not UA. I will be flying US next month and I'd like to credit my AA account over my AE account.
     
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    May just have been a typo in his part (AA v UA). I think he meant to say that US would recognize certain benefits of your AA status now, though not upgrade benefits.

    Knowing some of the instability of the US IT, I wouldn't be surprised that crediting your January US flights to AA may require some follow-up on your part to make it happen.
     
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  17. chef4u
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    Thanks Pizzaman. My flights aren't until the end of the month. From what I've been reading, Jan 7 seems like the day that things will change.
     
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  18. Aktchi
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    My guess is that while the miles will eventually combine, this won't happen right away. For now, you'll have to qualify on AA or US programs separately. You'll get a few (but not all) benefits of your status in the other program.
     
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