It looks like it. We’ve seen it with Delta-Northwest, United-Continental, Southwest-AirTran… and now this? According to reps from both sides, this merger would help to both save bankrupt American (an estimated 6,800 layoffs instead of 13,000) and strengthen US Airways. If the airlines do in fact merge, it will remain American Airlines, based in Fort Worth. This will leave us with 4 major airlines to choose from, which means less competition and most likely higher ticket prices. But potential higher ticket prices really means there’s no better time to have miles with these two! I love knowing I have a healthy miles balance when reading articles warning of higher future ticket prices.
What It Means for Our Miles
There’s no way to know exactly how it will work until it all goes down, but I’m no worried. Our miles have been safe with the other mergers, and I have no doubt they’ll remain that way here. There is always some fear of their devaluation, but that’s why we should be earning and burning anyway. My guess is, since they’re going to remain American Airlines, they will take on American’s frequent flyer program. AAdvantage is solid, so they would be crazy to not continue using it over US Airways’ Dividend Miles.
For now, sit tight. Earn and burn as usual. These things take a while to actually happen, and the Noob will always keep you updated on the latest news and how it could affect your precious miles.
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