American Airlines to Combine Miles Program with US Airways in 2015

American Airlines has announced that beginning in the second quarter of next year, the carrier will integrate US Airways’ Dividend Miles into its own AAdvantage loyalty program.

This has been expected ever since the carriers’ merger plans were announced though the timing was uncertain. Now we know, but what does it mean?

LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney weighs in.

Top Status Requires More Miles

The combined program – which will be called AAdvantage – will maintain the current ‘elite status’ structure of the American miles program and here is a look at how these equate. NOTE: American’s Executive Platinum previously required 100 flight segments but this has now been bumped up to 120 segments. This goes into effect Jan. 1.

  • American’s Executive Platinum (100,000 miles or 120 flight segments) = US Airways’ Chairman’s Preferred
  • American’s Platinum (50,000 miles or 60 segments) = US Airways’ Gold Preferred and Platinum Preferred
  • American’s Gold (25,000 miles or 30 segments) = US Airways’ Silver Preferred

American Airlines has a long list of FAQs on the topic of miles program integration.

Good News

One more thing, and it’s very good news. ThePointsGuy notes that unlike United and Delta, American will not be adding a revenue component – at least, not yet.

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Published: October 28, 2014