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…

Confirmed: American/US Airways Merging Programs on March 28

American Airlines just 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. How The Process Will Work American Airlines…

When Is The Last Day To Redeem US Airways Miles?

I think a lot of US Airways Dividend Miles members are wondering when their miles will be converted over to American AAdvantage miles. Currently US Airways is offering a Share Miles promotion which is going on now through March 25, 2015, which means its safe to assume you will be able to redeem your US…

American and US Airways 30% Discount on Points Transfers

From now until March 25th, US Airways and American Airlines are offering discounts of up to 30% when you transfer miles to someone else. Unlike many promotions that give you a bonus for buying or transferring miles, this tiered offer allows you to save either 20% or 30% depending on how many miles you transfer. Check your miles balance on either…