Saturday, March 29th, 2014, 10:45 pm
Reminder: Sunday, 03/30 is the final day of USAirways being part of the Star Alliance. They will transition to OneWorld on Monday, 03/31.
Originally posted on 03/21:
1. March 30th is the final day to use USAirways miles for travel across the entire Star Alliance network.
2. March 30th is also the final day to use miles from other Star Alliance airlines, like United, to travel on USAirways. If you have ANA, Lufthansa, or Singapore miles and want to redeem for travel without fuel surcharges you may want to consider booking travel on USAirways before its too late as those programs do charge fuel surcharges for travel on most other airlines.
3. After March 30th USAirways will remain partners for at least a short period of time with Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Avianca, Eva Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TACA, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal and Turkish Airlines. You will still be able to earn and redeem miles with these airlines until their bilateral contracts expire. The exact end dates are unknown for all except EVA, which has announced that May 14th will be their final date to earn or redeem miles with USAirways. It’s also possible that some will stay on as partners.
Note that Aegean’s site says that you can only earn tier qualifying miles from USAirways flights through 03/30. That means you can only keep accumulating lifetime Aegean Star Alliance Gold status when flying on USAirways flights until 03/30, afterward it would just earn non-elite status award miles. Last minute mileage run anyone?
4. On March 31st USAirways will be joining OneWorld and you should be able to use USAirways miles for travel on all OneWorld alliance airlines on that day. I say should as doing so on the 31st may be a logistical nightmare if not impossibly as they get things converted over from Star to OneWorld without any planned downtime.
5. You should also be able to use miles from other OneWorld carriers to travel on USAirways on March 31st. Yes, that means lots of new British Airways Avios flight awards starting at 4,500 Avios.
6. The USAirways Dividend miles program will remain separate from American AAdvantage for the time being. At some point in the future you should be able to transfer miles back and forth between the programs and eventually all miles will be merged into a new combined American Airlines program as the USAirways brand is phased out.
7. USAirways has an incredibly generous partner award chart, including round-trip awards for just 90K miles in business to Asia, 110K in business to Australia or Africa, and 120K in business to the middle east.
It will apparently retain the same lucrative award chart even after the switch to OneWorld. Don’t get your hopes up, it will be eventually devalued. But for now it seems that it will remain in place, perhaps until the programs are combined or until miles can be transferred between the 2 programs.
8. For the time being you can still transfer American Express Membership Rewards points earned from cards like American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card to USAirways. That can be done by first transferring points at a 1:1 ratio into Air Canada Aeroplan and then from Air Canada to USAirways via Points.com. Up to 100,000 miles can be transferred out of one Aeroplan account per year and 100,000 miles would yield 84,011 USAirways miles.
9. Starwood points like those earned from the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express can still transfer to American or USAirways at a 20K:25K ratio. American will reject transfers if the name on the Starwood account (or at least the last name) doesn’t match the American mileage account. For now though USAirways doesn’t require names to match.
It allows for 16 flights and stopovers and my wife and I had an incredible time flying around the world in first class on such an award. With USAirways joining OneWorld a whole new slew of possibilities is opened, including the first ever OneWorld flight between the US and Israel.