Today is the first day that US Airways and AA members can book each other’s flights using their miles – so, if you have US Airway miles, you can now book flights on AA flights and vice versa.
Earning and Redeeming
Starting today, you can earn miles in each program by flying either airline. So, if you are a US Airways flyer, you can now fly AA flights and credit those miles back to US Airways. The same works in the reverse.
As for redeeming, this is where some real fun can be had! If you have a bunch of miles in either program, you can use those miles to book flights on the opposite airline. Because this has just happened, there are some nice redemption options available.
First Class on AA Transcontinental Flight
HT: The Weekly Flyer
American Airlines is the only US airline that offers transcontinental flights with three classes of service – first, business, and economy (which is actually a mix of nicer economy and regular economy). Their new Airbus 321 has full lie-flat seats in the first class cabin and costs 65,000 AA miles if booked on AA. Because US Airways is not setup for three class domestic awards, this prices out for business class which is 50,000 US Air miles if booked on US Airways – check the flight details to make sure you are being booked into Z class. Note: US Airways does not allow one-way award bookings so you will need to redeem for a round-trip ticket.
Book US Airway One-way Awards with AA Miles
US Airways does not allow one-way award bookings. Now, you can book tickets on US Airway flights as one-way awards by using AA miles!
Book US Airway tickets at AA promo prices
American Airlines offers 40,000 off-peak coach award tickets to Europe from October 15 – May 15. With this transition, you are now able to ticket US Airway flights as part of these off-peak options. What would have cost you 60,000 US Airway miles (5,000 fewer if you hold the US Airways credit card) now cost only 40,000 AA miles!
Both programs have their limits with award availability on their own airlines. With this new booking ability, you can now mix and match AA and US Air flights for awards to get greater availability. Check the award availability on the outgoing flights on US Airways website:
These are just some of the options that I have found with some quick checks. Undoubtedly, there will be more! If you have been having trouble booking award tickets because of availability, check again today to see if this new ability has opened up the availability for you. I know this will help some people who have been looking for flights lately! The best part is that there are no award redemption increases yet!