Today Is the Last Day to Book Award Flights With US Airways Miles!

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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!

Today Is The Last Day To Book Award Flights With US Airways Miles

Final Boarding Call for Booking Award Tickets With US Airways Miles!

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
Today Is The Last Day To Book Award Flights With US Airways Miles

Don’t Wait to Book Your African Adventure If You Want to Use US Airways Miles

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)
Today Is The Last Day To Book Award Flights With US Airways Miles

Oneworld Award Tickets to the Middle East Are Also Cheaper Booked With US Airways Miles

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).

Today Is The Last Day To Book Award Flights With US Airways Miles

If You Want to Book a Stopover or Have a Complicated Route, US Airways Miles Are Better to Use

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!

Bottom Line

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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2 responses to “Today Is the Last Day to Book Award Flights With US Airways Miles!

  1. I have noticed that award flights on USAir are no longer being shown on the BA search engine. I’m trying to book using Avios, as I want to book a one way trip, which USAir doesn’t allow. I have been tracking the availability, and BA stopped adding new USAir flights yesterday. Anyone else notice this? The booking I’m trying to make is for next Feb, which is 11 months away, but I have found that if you don’t book early during the winter break period for school aged kids, then award availability disappears quickly.

  2. Do the $99 US Air companion certificates need to be used soon (today) or do you have more time to use those as well? Thanks.