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Remember This For Any Flights Starting With US Airways!

US Airways
Written by Charlie

I am in the process of looking for flights to return to Europe with my family in a couple of months. There is not a lot of availability just yet, but what availability there is all entails the first leg of the flight being on US Airways. After that, it connects with Lufthansa to Germany. The problem is that if our first leg is on US Airways, none of our Star Gold benefits (extra baggage, priority check-in, priority boarding, priority security lane) will apply (since this trip is after March 30th).

US Airways

Make sure any award travel you book does not start with US Airways if you want to receive your Star Gold benefits

So, if you have travel booked on Star Alliance partners but will check-in with US Airways on your first flight, just remember that you will not receive any Star Alliance Gold benefits after US Airways leaves the Star Alliance. If you are booking award travel on United before March 31st, just remember to look at the first carrier of your ticket to ensure you will receive your Star Alliance benefits (if you are Star Gold with a partner like Aegean). At the very least, it can make your airport process a bit longer and could cost you more money if you are having to check excess baggage.

If you already have travel booked that will include US Airway flights and it really matters to you to receive those benefits, you can always pay the change fee to change your award ticket (it will cost $75 per passenger if your travel is more than 21 days out, $100 if travel is within 21 days, if ticketed with United).

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

1 Comment

  • My one piece of advice (I live in Germany), look at flying to Dusseldorf instead of Frankfurt, you might have more available options that way. If you really want to be in Frankfurt, or use Frankfurt as a hub for your travels, it’s a quick 2 hr train ride to Dusseldorf.