Use Your US Airways Miles On Star Alliance Flights By March 30, 2014

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US Airways is joining the oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014.  American Airlines is a member of the oneworld alliance, so it makes sense that US Airways will join the oneworld alliance because they are merging with American Airlines.

Use Your US Airways Miles On Star Alliance Flights By March 30, 2014

US Airways to Join Oneworld on March 31, 2014

Use Your Miles By March 30, 2014

When US Airways joins the oneworld alliance, which includes airlines such as British Airways, American Airlines etc. on March 31, 2014, you won’t be able to use your US miles to book Star Alliance flights.  The Star Alliance includes airlines such as United, Lufthansa, Thai Air etc.

If you want to use your US Airways miles on Star Alliance awards, you should do it soon!  You can redeem US Air miles for travel on any of the Star Alliance airlines until March 30, 2014.  You can usually book travel up to 12 months from when you make the booking.

If you want to change your flights after March 30, 2014, you will only be able to book flights on the oneworld alliance (American Airlines, British Air etc.) and NOT on Star Alliance flights.

You can only find US Air flights, and not Star Alliance airlines such as Lufthansa etc. on the US Air website.  But first find Star Alliance awards on the United website by reading the Ultimate Guide to United Miles.  And then call US Air to book the same awards until March 30, 2014.

Pick Up Extra US Air Miles

You can still get a 35,000 mile signup bonus on the US Airways card from Flyertalk.  The 35,000 mile offer (click on the 3rd link) waives the $89 annual fee

This is a better offer than the one (30,000 miles & doesn’t waive the $89 annual fee)  which pays me a commission.

You can also get 25,000 miles from the US Air Business card.

Not sure if you qualify as a business?  Read my post on 3 ways you may qualify for a business credit card.

Reciprocal Oneworld Benefits

If you are a US Air top-tier Chairman’s Preferred member, you will get oneworld Emerald benefits when US Airways joins the oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014.  Platinum and Gold members will get oneworld Sapphire benefits.  Silver members will get oneworld Ruby benefits.

US Air Chairman’s Elite, Platinum, and Gold members will get airport lounge access as a oneworld Sapphire, but this excludes access to American Airlines’ Admirals Club or Qantas lounge access.

US Airways lounge members do get access to American Airlines lounges.

Bottom Line

US Airways will leave the Star Alliance on March 31, 2014.

So use your US Air miles to book your flights on Star Alliance airlines (United, Lufthansa, Thai etc.) by March 30, 2014.

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28 Responses to Use Your US Airways Miles On Star Alliance Flights By March 30, 2014

  1. Is it possible that transferring points between us air and aa will open up before the march 30 deadline, making it possible to use aa points to book star alliance partners?

  2. The Business Card offer has expired

  3. When you want to make a change to your existing USAirways award on star alliance before March 1, do you have to cancel the whole award, redeposit the miles back to US Airways account and start over again? At least that is what I was told. I am afraid if I do that, I will lose the rest of the confirmed segments. Any suggestions?

  4. Daraius – Are there any companies/people who will book an award flight for you with their miles and then you can repay later at an increase? For ex: I need a flight booked for 40k AA pts today, but will repay with 50k pts in one month. Sounds weird, but I won’t have my points until Feb. Thanks!

  5. Daraius… looks like you can only book RT flights with US Airways miles (is that correct?). I’m trying to book my wife from Paris to Portland, OR (One-way) in May, using US Air miles on Lufthansa\Air Canada (Both Star Alliance). I’ve already secured tickets for my daughter and I, but would really like my wife to go as well… so I’m trying to get her on the same flights. I used United miles for my daughter and I but don’t have any left. I have two US Airways accounts each with 35,000 miles in them. I can get her to Paris using AA points, but I cant seem to figure out a way to get her home with the US Air Miles. She said she wouldn’t mind just staying in Paris… but not sure I could live with that! lol. Thanks for all your help.

  6. Can I still book United Award with my US Air ways miles until March 30th?

  7. When do you recommend we close our US Air cards before they convert it to something else?

  8. I thought you could only book awards 11 months out… can you please confirm? Thank you.

  9. Is it Duh-rī’-uhs or is it Dār’-ee-uhs ?? Or am I way off? Just wondering.

  10. Darius, can you use US Airway miles to book a non saver award on United prior to 3/30/2014? thanks

  11. Merrily Matthews

    The 35k USAirways Card links via Flyertalk no longer work.

  12. @Db @shawn – Thanks! It was bad timing with the announcement early when the post went live.

    @Seth – I wouldn’t be surpassed if that happened.

    @ Drew – Thanks! I’ll look for a new link.

    @ caveman – It depends on the agent you get, but you shouldn’t have to cancel and redeposit to make a change to the award.

    @Trevor – I don’t know of anyone who will do that!

    @Jeffrey – Unfortunately, you’re correct that you can’t use US Air miles for a 1-way award. You could fly 1-way, but will have to pay the return-trip price. Perhaps you can wait for another good US Air promotion to top up your account.

    @Dick A – You sure can!

    @Savannah – Within about 6 months.

    @Lantean – That’s usually correct. Award availability is for 11 months out, but you have to complete both the outbound and return segments within 12 months.

    @Jeffrey – It is the first. I’m very impressed!

    @phil – You can only use US Air miles to book low-level awards on United and not the hi level awards.

    @Merrily Matthews – The THIRD link in the linked FlyerTalk post loads for me. Hope you’re doing fine and Happy New Year!

  13. i was just told one could only book travel dates through march 2014 (not book for example travel this summer today)….so no travel after march 2014. is this agent correct?

  14. @mitch – No, that isn’t correct. Call back!

  15. Can you route to Asia via Europe on a US Air award and stopover in Europe?

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  17. The chance to use Avios on domestic US Air Flights!

  18. I don’t like that US Airways is leaving the Star Alliance, but I do like an extra 10k points to use before they do!

  19. Daraius –

    What are your tips for ensuring LOW level awards when booking with US Air on partner airlines (like UA, LH, AC, etc)?

    If I find availability on say ANA’s site or using KVS… how do I figure out what US Air would charge (LOW-MED-HIGH) for that flight?

  20. @Tom – If you find partner awards on the ANA site, it can be booked at the low level by US Air.

  21. I am planning to fly Air Canada (a Star Alliance member) in June. I am a frequent flyer member with US Airways but not Air Canada. If I book the Air Canada flight prior to March 30, can I use my US Airways frequent flyer number to get credit for the Air Canada flight even though the flight is in June?

  22. @Rodney – I doubt that will work because US Air won’t be a Star Alliance member when you fly.

  23. I am a Chairman Level with US Airways – I tried to book award points on Star Alliance carriers to Europe from the US.. Even though I could get flights between here in Frankfurt; once in Europe, I was told that Luftansa are limiting options available to US Airways members that would be available to other Star Alliance airline points membership plans. Is this true?

  24. I was told that you’re still able to redeem Dividend miles on 12 Star Alliance partners after Mar 30. However, I called USAir and they said you may only accrue miles and not redeem on those carriers. Did I just have a bad agent? Who is right?

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