US Airways has made an announcement about when it is leaving Star Alliance and how you can use miles post-merger.
Here’s the run-down:
They will be exiting Star Alliance on March 30, 2014. You can book trips using miles and earn miles on Star Alliance up until that date. After that date, you will not be able to earn miles on the usual partner airlines–even if you booked the trip pre-merger.
There will be no more codeshare flights with United, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa or SWISS. If you booked a codeshare with them post-March 30th, it will change over to one of those airline’s flight numbers.
You can still earn and redeem miles on: Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Avianca, Ethiopian Airlines, Eva, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAM, TAP and Turkish Airways.
Interestingly, I haven’t quite qualified for Chairman yet for next year (almost there!) and I received an offer extending my Chairman status to the end of March. That makes me wonder if it is just that much easier for US Airways to end everything at once, vs. changing people’s access and status twice.
If you have questions about how the changes affect you, US Airways maintains a FAQ on their website about the merger.