American Airlines and US Airways Will Merge Reservations in July

Late yesterday, American Airlines announced the next step in its merger with US Airways: combining reservations systems. Did your blood just curdle a little bit? No one could blame you given what a mess past reservations mergers have been (I’m looking at you, United/Continental). At least American and US Airways can learn from other airlines’…

Amtrak Limits Service Following Train Derailment

Late last night, Amtrak train 188, operating from Washington DC to New York, derailed just north of Philadelphia. 238 passengers and 5 crew members were on board, and the accident resulted in a still-unknown number of injuries and fatalities. Our thoughts go out to the passengers and their families. Following the derailment, Amtrak service is…

Use Your US Airways Companion Certificate Before It Expires

In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can use the US Airways companion certificate to bring a friend along on your next trip at a steep discount. I’m sure many of you got in on the US Airways Premier World MasterCard (and the 50,000-mile sign-up bonus) before the card was…

The Many Flavors of Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator

Now that the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs have merged, the US Airways Premier World MasterCard is getting a makeover. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explores the new options for cardholders, and explains why keeping at least one account open might be a good idea. The US Airways Dividend Miles program had a good run,…

American Airlines and US Airways Receive Single Operating Certificate

American Airlines and US Airways received a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration today. In plain language, the two are now officially a single carrier…sort of. According to American’s announcement: “Beginning today, most flight operations, maintenance and dispatch procedures will be identical for all flights. Air traffic control communications will refer to all American…

American Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on American Airlines. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing. Traveling…

Are US Airways Companion Tickets Valid After the Merger?

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…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? March Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Last-Minute Upgrade Strategies on US Airways

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority (for the next few days, at least!) on US Airways. It’s…

Reminder: Last Day To Redeem US Airways Miles Before Programs Merge

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…