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TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask if it was possible yet to use US Airways miles on Air Tahiti Nui because of the airline’s merger with American. Here was his question:
“Can we use US Airways miles on Air Tahiti Nui yet? Or do you think that will only happen when US Airway miles fully become AA miles?”
As of right now, you cannot transfer miles between US Airways and American Airlines. As far as the merger goes, you can only redeem American miles for US Airways flights and and US Airways miles for American flights, but that’s as far as the reciprocity agreement goes for now, and you cannot redeem either airline’s miles for awards on each other’s partners.
On March 31, 2014, US Airways is joining the Oneworld alliance, and then you will be able to redeem US Airways miles on Oneworld alliance partners such as British Airways and Qantas instead of Star Alliance partners such as Lufthansa and Singapore. However, keep in mind that Air Tahiti is a non-alliance partner of American Airlines, so even past that date, you won’t be able to redeem your US Airways miles for flights on Air Tahiti – not until the airline and its Dividend Miles program are fully incorporated into American, at least.
However, this could change if American and US Airways allow you to transfer miles to each other, in which case you could transfer your US Airways miles to your American account and then redeem them for an Air Tahiti Nui flight. Keep in mind this probably won’t happen until the middle or end of 2014, though. That is, if we are lucky.
Unfortunately, that is probably not the answer you wanted to hear Mike, but do stay tuned for further information, as both US Airways and American Airlines seem to be working hard to integrate both programs. I anticipate that by mid 2015, US Airways miles will cease to exist and all those miles will become American Airlines AAdvantage miles, at which point you can use them toward your South Pacific dream vacation..
Let me know if you have any other questions by messaging me on Facebook, Tweeting me or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.
With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.