During this initial phase, AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members will be able to earn and redeem miles when flying on either airline, and they can use those miles to earn elite status in whichever program they choose.
Loyalty program members can now use American Admirals Clubs or US Airways Clubs when they are traveling. Currently there are 35 Admirals Clubs and 19 US Airways Clubs in the network.
The airlines are operating separately though so it’s business as usual when it comes to buying tickets, and checking in. Elite members though, whether enrolled in the AAdvantage or the Dividend Miles programs, can now access benefits regardless of which airline they are flying with, including priority boarding and check-in.
New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport is the first airport in which ticket counters and gates have been combined. In other airports, boarding announcements at all airports are geared toward elite members in both rewards programs.
More to come
Watch for more changes as the two airlines are integrated this year. Additional benefits and airline changes will be rolled out over the coming months, including:
A codeshare agreement slated to be signed over the next few weeks. It will provide access to more routes for both airlines.
US Airways members will gain membership in the Oneworld alliance on March 31, when US Airways leaves the Star Alliance.
Ticket counters and gates for both airlines will be situated in the same areas in key airports, including Phoenix and Miami. Additional domestic and international airports will be included in this initiative as the year goes on.
Also on the horizon: frequent flyer program policies, such as upgrades, will be brought into alignment so they offer members similar benefits and rewards.