Did you know that American Airlines and US Airways completed their merger today? If not, you should probably start reading other sources for industry news than just my site. There is something of a media frenzy going on about the merger closing, with stories from seemingly every angle. Heck, I’m even part of the “problem” I suppose. But it is also important to note that the activities today mean a whole lot of nothing for most passengers. Essentially nothing changes for another four weeks. At least we’ll get past the holiday crush before trying to make most of the integration happen.
Fortunately there are a few dates which were announced today which make the frenzy a bit more reasonable.
- 7 January 2014 – Reciprocity in the Dividend Miles and AAdvantage programs takes effect. This will allow for earning and redemption of miles across the two halves of the company and also recognition of elite status.
- February 2014 – Bilateral codesharing takes effect. All US-operated flights will carry the AA code and vv. This will (in theory) ease travel planning across the combined route network. It also may help with oneworld partner earning on US-operated flights if booked using the AA code, though no guarantees.
- 30 March 2014 – US Airways will leave Star Alliance. According to one report US is keeping a dozen or so Star Alliance partners via direct bilateral relations even after this point. It will be interesting to see how long that lasts.
- 31 March 2014 – US Airways joins oneworld.
Still unknown dates include when the slots at DCA/LGA will be actually transferred out, when Dividend Miles will cease to operate (I’m betting 2015) and when the new AAdvantage program details will be announced, among other things.
There’s more to come, to be sure, but those are the actual important dates to be paying attention to as a customer. Today is just a photo op.
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