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I wrote earlier this week that American Airlines and US Airways would be merging their frequent flyer programs on March 28, 2015 (this Saturday!).
Now, the airlines confirm that the last day to book award travel with US Airways miles is TODAY, March 25, 2015, at 11:59 pm Central Time.
So if there’s an award ticket you want to book using US Airways miles (which will become American Airlines miles), this is your last chance!
Should to rush to book an award before your US Airways miles become American Airlines miles? Let’s find out!
No Need to Panic (Mostly)
Link: US Airways
Link: American Airlines
Link: Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard
For the most part, American Airlines and US Airways award charts are very similar. But there are a few instances where you should consider booking an award with US Airways miles TODAY.
After March 28, 2015, your US Airways miles will become American Airlines miles. And the old US Airways award chart will go away.
1. You’re Planning A Trip to Africa or the Middle East
Folks planning a trip from the US to Africa on oneworld partner airlines should book their award tickets today, because US Airways charges fewer miles than American Airlines for the same ticket!
For example, using US Airways miles between the US and Africa, you’d pay:
- 70,000 miles round-trip in coach
- 110,000 miles round-trip in Business Class
- 150,000 miles round-trip in First Class
The same itinerary to Africa using American Airlines miles costs:
- 75,000 miles round-trip in coach
- 150,000 miles round-trip in Business Class
- 200,000 miles round-trip in First Class
So depending on the class of service, you save between 5,000 and 50,000 miles on a round-trip ticket by booking with US Airways miles by today.
And if you’re planning a trip to the Middle East, it’s a similar situation.
A round-trip award ticket booked with US Airways miles to the Middle East costs:
- 80,000 miles round-trip in coach
- 120,000 miles round-trip in Business Class
- 180,000 miles round-trip in First Class
If you used American Airlines miles for the same ticket, you’d pay:
- 90,000 miles round-trip in coach
- 135,000 miles round-trip in Business Class
- 180,000 miles round-trip in First Class (same as US Airways)
After today, you’ll only be able to book these trips using American Airlines award rates!
Note: There are other award routes that are also sometimes cheaper using US Airways miles, including the US to Australia in Business Class round-trip (110,000 US Airways miles or 125,000 American Airlines miles).
2. You Want to Book a Stopover or Other Complex Itinerary
US Airways award routing rules are much less strict than those for American Airlines. And US Airways agents are known as being very helpful when you want to book a complex itinerary 🙂
For example, on a round-trip award ticket, US Airways allows 1 stopover or open-jaw (departing from a different airport than the 1 you arrived into).
American Airlines does NOT allow stopovers on award tickets. So if you were hoping to make the most of your miles by adding a stopover, today is your last opportunity!
Note: Complicated routings are best booked over the phone with US Airways at 800-428-4322. I suspect folks will be on hold a long time today!
Note: The 5,000 mile discount on award tickets for Barclaycard US Airways cardholders was eliminated. Remember, this card will also disappear by April 12, 2015!
Today, March 25, 2015, is the last day to book award tickets using US Airways miles.
American Airlines and US Airways are merging their frequent flyer programs starting March 28, 2015.
For most folks, there’s no rush to book today, because US Airways miles will become American Airlines miles. But there are a few routes (US to Africa, Middle East, or Australia for example) that can be cheaper booked with US Airways miles.
And if you want to add a stopover to your award ticket, you should book today! Because American Airlines does NOT allow stopovers.
Did you leave it until the last minute? Which award tickets are you booking today?
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