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 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.
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.