Week two of merger-related changes for American Airlines and US Airways comes with more reasons to fly on the “other” half as well as making it easier for passengers to do so. In addition to more codeshare flights the company is offering a system-wide 50% bonus miles promotion to passengers flying on the “other half” of the operation through 2 March 2014. For AAdvantage members this means bonus miles on all US Airways operated flights; for Dividend Miles members the bonus applies for flights on American Airlines metal.
And for the passenger this represents a promotion which will require some effort to “play” the game.
A US Airways Silver Preferred member will actually receive more miles when flying on US metal if they open a new AAdvantage account and credit the US flights to Advantage for the 50% bonus rather than the 25% bonus they would receive as an elite member. Of course, crediting to the base tier AAdvantage account means no access to free Main Cabin Extra seats or other priority benefits at the airport unless you change the FF number right before departure, to that’s a quirk in the system. The same benefit works in the inverse for AAdvantage Gold members flying on AA metal; they’ll earn more points if they forego their status benefits and credit to the other program.
For other elite tiers the bonus miles are either the same or less than the elite bonus earning levels which means that those customers have to choose either to get their elite benefits or the bonus miles; it doesn’t make much sense to choose the bonus miles in that case.
It is worth noting that the AAdvantage half of the promo requires registration. The Dividend Miles half of the promotion also requires registration. And, no, those registrations are not the same thing so you need to do both. In both cases the bonus is tied to the operating carrier, not the code on which the flight was purchased.
On the codeshare front, most of the work this time around was done on inter-hub flights, plus the US Shuttle service between Boston, Washington and LaGuardia.