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Official US Airways Oneworld Join Date – March 31, 2014

by on December 9, 2013 · 21 comments

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A couple weeks ago there was speculation that US Airways would leave Star Alliance March 1, 2014 and would join Oneworld as early as April, but now we’ve got official confirmation from Oneworld that US Airways will join American’s alliance on March 31, 2014.

Oneworld

It’s official, US Airways will join Oneworld March 31.

Here’s what the official release says:

US Airways will join oneworld® with effect from 31 March 2014, following completion today of its merger with alliance founding member American Airlines.  All its regional affiliates, operating under the US Airways Express brand, will also transition to oneworld at the same time.

Their entry into oneworld with effect from the first flights on 31 March 2014 will follow immediately upon their exit from the Star Alliance with the final flights on 30 March 2014.  All parties are taking every effort to ensure that the alliance transition is as seamless as possible for customers.

Until the full integration of American Airlines and US Airways – which will see the combined airline retaining the American Airlines name – US Airways and its regional carriers will operate as oneworld affiliate members, under the American umbrella.

They will offer oneworld’s full range of services and benefits – although some may be phased in shortly after US Airways joins.  US Airways, American and their oneworld partners are working to provide the most popular benefits and services on an accelerated timeline…

Dividend Miles Chairman cardholders will have the top Emerald status in the oneworld programme.  Dividend Miles Platinum and Gold will be equivalent to oneworld Sapphire and Dividend Miles Silver will be oneworld Ruby.

From 31 March, Dividend Miles Chairman, Platinum and Gold members will be able to access some 600 airport lounges worldwide offered by oneworld member airlines when they fly with one of the alliance’s carriers.  As oneworld Emeralds, Dividend Miles Chairman cardholders will be able to use First Class lounges, where available – and receive an additional baggage allowance and access fast tracks through departure security at select airports.

All Dividend Miles members will be able to earn mileage and status points when flying on any oneworld member airline from 31 March, but the ability to redeem mileage rewards for flights on other  oneworld airlines may be phased in shortly afterwards.

It sounds like US Airways will make a clean break from Star Alliance on March 30 – at which point US Airways flyers will not be able to earn or redeem miles Dividend miles on any of the 26 other Star Alliance carriers any more – and will join Oneworld (13 carriers) only  immediately the day after at which point US Airways flyers will earn and redeem on Oneworld partners instead, including elite perks, etc.

So if you want to use your US Airways miles on Star Alliance awards, I’d suggest doing so as soon as possible to beat the glut of reservations I suspect flyers will be making, though you should have until March 30 to redeem on Star Alliance. After that date, though, you won’t be able to change Star Alliance awards you made using US Airways miles, so be sure of your plans!

Another interesting development in the merger, which is supposed to go through officially today. I suspect we’ll see reciprocal earning/redeeming benefits on US Airways and American shortly, though it will probably be several more months before you can transfer miles between you AAdvantage and Dividend accounts.

In the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of how the alliances will look once this all goes down.

Oneworld
Air Berlin
American Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Finnair
Iberia
JAL
LAN
Malaysia
Qantas
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian
S7
US Airways

SkyTeam
Aeroflot
Aerolineas Argentinas
Aeromexico
Air Europa
Air France
Alitalia
China Airlines
China Eastern
China Southern
Czech Airlines
Delta
Kenya Airways
KLM
Korean Air
MEA
Saudia
TAROM
Vietnam Airlines
Xiamen Air

Star Alliance
Adria
Aegean
Air Canada
Air China
Air New Zealand
ANA
Asiana
Austrian
Avianca
Brussels Airlines
Copa
EgyptAir
Ethiopian
EVA
LOT
Lufthansa
SAS
Shenzen Airlines
Singapore Airlines
South African Airways
Swiss
TAM
TAP
Thai Airways
Turkish Airlines
United

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  • wiivile

    how will this affect the redeemability of Ultimate Rewards points with the CSP? unable to book US Air flights thru United?

  • Brad

    I’m sitting on a lot of BA Avios points and now we can benefit from American and US Airways flights on short-haul points ‘sweet spots’ in the US. Very happy about that!

  • thepointsguy

    Correct.. less options via United, but more options via British Airways

  • Ben Biles

    Sorry for my confusion….Does this mean we have to book prior to March 31st for use after…..or any Star Alliance award bookings with US Airways must be booked AND flown prior to March 31st? Thanks, Brian

  • David

    I am currently US Airways Platinum and will be traveling a lot internationally starting in 2014. I’m wondering if it would make sense to buy up to US Airways Chairman so that I can transfer over as an Emerald level for AA? Any thoughts?

  • Juan M

    HELP. I am currently at Platinum level in American and US Airways. I was thinking of buying Chairman status as I am short by 14k. Yet, in American I have 82k qualifying miles. Should I buy the Chairman status or wait for the airline to combine the miles which eventually it will bring me to 172k miles traveled for 2013.

  • Aaron

    Do you think that we will be able to book US Airways flights with Avios starting on 31 March 2014?

  • http://twitter.com/kaarlows Carlos Alberto Santos

    There’s one important fact you’re ignoring in this post: TAM will also leave Star Alliance and join OneWorld on the same dates as US Airways (*A departure on March 30th and join OW the next day).

    Thus OneWorld alliance, from March 31 will have 15 airlines, and TAM differently from US Airways, will continue operating as it’s own brand even though fusioning with LAN.

  • SomeGuy

    So will current US Air Chairmans get AA Executive Platinum status including the 8 system wide upgrades?

  • PHLflr

    Similarly, for those who will come up just short of USAir platinum, does it make any sense to buy up to platinum since it appears you will be treated like USAir Gold/AA Platinum.

  • MP

    Maybe this was in the article and I’m just an idiot but what happens to your dividend miles if you don’t use them before the 31st?

  • AJ

    I have 50K+ status miles from US airways and around 55K status miles from AA Advantage this year. Does anyone know whether the new airline is going to combine status miles from two airlines to determine the new status for 2014? I am not sure if I am the only one this boat?

  • James

    So, I wonder if I am flying United to Europe in early March, can I credit to US Airways and end up with AAdvantage EQM for that round trip?

  • Matt

    Has anyone been able to book any award flights on business since the merger was announced. I am not find any flights from YYZ or YVR. I am starting to worry that the dividend miles are now useless until the conversion to One world happens. Thanks.

  • Ben

    I would also like some clarification on this. I will have low tier status in both AA and US Air.

  • viesturs

    I’m also interested to hear about this. Currently standing at 42k with US (Silver) and 15k with BA (Blue). Combining the two would put me in Gold. Or should I just buy up to Gold on US to make sure I get some status?

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  • EuroFlyer

    Hi, I booked 4 first class ticket on US Airways, Philadelphia to Miami on April 11th, thinking they would add to my Lufthansa STAR alliance points. Now it seems they will not honor this. Even though the tickets were purchased non refundable, i suppose that with this unilateral change in conditions, US Airways will need to refund fully. Correct ?
    G.

  • john smith

    nothing…….

  • john smith

    read the article

  • Darren Allatt

    question, I have an offer to purchase 100,000 Dividend Miles through the normal buy miles channel. Will this then give me Chairmans status as well, or only just the points?

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