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

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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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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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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!

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