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As a reminder, today is the last day to redeem US Airways miles using the current award charts, before they will be converted over to American AAdvantage miles, which will start this Saturday.
American Airlines confirmed that US Airways Dividend Miles and American Airlines AAdvantage accounts will be combined starting on Saturday, March 28, 2015. All Dividend Miles balances, Preferred-qualifying activity, and million mile balances will be merged into a new or existing AAdvantage account, depending whether you already have one
Today, March 25th is your last day to book US Airways awards using the current US Airways award chart. If you do book before then and want to make a change at a later time, the change would fall under the American Airlines award charts, meaning there may be an increase in miles.
Here are some last-minute tips when redeeming your US Airways Dividend Miles:
Avoid Long Wait Times: One suggestion is to call American Airlines [1-800-433-7300] and have them transfer you to a Dividend Miles agent, which may result in a lesser wait time. Another strategy is to call the Spanish-speaking phone line to get an agent more quickly. The agents are generally bilingual and will help you in English as well.
Utilize Routing Rules to Book Amazing Itineraries: The US Airways partner award chart has some great bargains. You can fly from the US and Canada to Southeast Asia in First Class for 160,000 miles round-trip, and you can leverage it into an even longer trip.
Searching for Award Space: To find Oneworld award space, I recommend using the British Airways Avios search function on BA.com. It shows most Oneworld partner flights. You can search leg by leg for award space and write down exactly the flights you want. When you get an US Airways agent on the phone, feed them the segments one by one. If your itinerary is complex, they’ll have to put you on hold and go to the rate desk to figure out taxes and fees, and tell you if your itinerary is a valid routing.
Overall, don’t panic with the transition, and remember to stay calm if your account isn’t merged on Saturday, since the process can take several days. If you’re anxious about it and want to take protective measures, you could take screenshots of both your American AAdvantage account and US Airways Dividend Miles account just to have a record
Feel free to comment below with any questions you may have about the transition.