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The major travel news story this week was the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, which was officially announced on Thursday. I’ve been covering various aspects of the merger as details emerged, and discussed topics including:
Official American Airlines US Airways Merger Announcement and What It Means For Consumers: This post covers the official announcement on Thursday, including facts and specifics on the airlines’ route maps, their fleet, plans to join Oneworld, and what flyers can expect.
American and US Airways Board Approve Merger and The Potential Winners and Losers: This post covers the potential perils and pitfalls of a merger and the changes each airline will undergo as a result, as well as the effects on their flyers.
What a Potential US Airways/American Merger Might Mean for Frequent Flyers: This post was from last week when speculation was really heating up about a potential merger taking place soon. Take a look at my predictions about what would actually happen when the merger was announced.
How Will The US Airways American Merger Affect Million Miler Lifetime Status?: Although there aren’t too many million (or multi-million) milers out there, those that are are (rightfully!) concerned about what will happen to their benefits after the merger goes through. Read my thoughts on what you can expect and why it matters in this post.
US Airways Chairman Preferred Credit Card Deal Expired?: Unfortunately one of the best airline credit card offers of the moment – up to 60,000 miles for the Chairman’s Preferred US Airways Premier World Mastercard – looked like it expired the morning of the merger, but it might actually still exist, though applying for it means taking your chances. Read about why this card is such a good deal in this post: Best Offer For US Airways Mastercard.
Maximize Monday: Maximizing A Potential American Airlines US Airways Merger: This post is all about the different ways that you can make the most of the merger, from getting the right credit cards to making sure you’re at the tip-top elite status you can achieve.
How to Prepare For a US Airways AA Merger: This is a Sunday Reader Question from back in September when people were just starting to get serious about a merger and the steps they would need to take if one actually happened. Read my predictions and advice from back then since it’s all still relevant now that a merger has actually been announced!
In addition to my coverage here on the blog, I have been interviewed by major newspapers across the country and have made several radio and television appearances. I wanted to include a list of those here so you can get my take on the deal and see what various news outlets have been reporting.
NPR ‘Morning Edition’ – How Will Proposed Merger Affect Airline Passengers?
Fox Business – Use Your Frequent Flyer Miles ASAP or view here:
The New York Times – Squeezing Frequent Fliers Is a Likely Merger Outcome
Travel + Leisure – The American Airlines-US Airways Merger—What You Need to Know
PBS Nightly Business Report – What US Airways, American Airlines Pairing Means for Consumers (around 7 minutes in)
WCBS-TV (CBS, NYC): How Will Mega Merger Between American Airlines, US Airways Affect You? I hope you some of you were able to catch me during these brief appearances, but if not, I expect to be talking about this merger a lot more in the future, so stay tuned!