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TPG reader Kent tweeted me to ask:
@thepointsguy – “Are US Airways companion tickets still valid after the AA/US Airways merger is fully completed?”
This weekend, American Airlines and US Airways are finally merging frequent flyer mile programs. There are lots of changes coming, but the most frequent question I’ve been getting is about the US Airways companion ticket.
US Airways is still going to exist as an airline for most of this year. The reservation systems won’t be combined until the fourth quarter of 2015 (it’s not certain exactly when). You’ll still be able to book flights on USAirways.com, and US Airways will still be flying its planes for a while. Just because the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs are merging soon doesn’t mean that US Airways is disappearing as an airline. American and US Airways will still be operating as two separate airlines for quite a bit longer.
This means that US Airways companion tickets are still valid until their expiration dates. The merger this weekend has nothing to do with that. However, do consider that things might get more complicated because you have to redeem the pass for flights operated by US Airways. On many routes, US Airways flights are becoming American Airlines flights, leaving customers with fewer options, so you may want to use it sooner rather than later.
In general, this weekend’s merger will have no effect on the companion tickets. Also keep in mind that the companion ticket benefit will soon be going away on some cards, like the Barclaycard US Airways Premier World MasterCard when it becomes the AAdvantage Aviator Red card. There is still a companion pass benefit on the Aviator Silver card if you hit a spending threshold.
If you have the pass, use it, but you don’t need to use it right this second—you’ve still got some time left.
If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.