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Why the American Upgrade Integration Changes are Good for US Elites but Not American

View from the Wing reports that US Airways flyers will soon get 500-mile upgrade certificates based off their previous travel–despite also getting unlimited upgrades during that travel time.

According to reports, US Airways flyers will receive the certificates to use on their American flights while they still get their unlimited benefits on US Airways flights, based on their last 12-months of travel.  

There are no reports of reciprocal benefits on US Airways for American flyers–which makes sense.  Why build a system you are just going to destroy soon anyway?

Either way, this is yet another way the merger has been a benefit to US Airways flyers without necessarily benefiting the American flyers.

The cookies are sub-par?  We’re all like–Dude, free cookies!

The sub-par meals are still an improvement over typical US Airways American meals.

And my last US Airways first class flight I got thanked for being a passenger.  Whoa.

US Airways and American Airlines post-merger loyalty points, elite status, and alliance.

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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4 comments

  1. what are you talking about? AA elite flyers already receive unlimited domestic complimentary upgrades for them and a companion on USA metal.

  2. Also clearly you never flew AA if you think the New catering is an improvement.

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      Sorry, that’s just a typo. I mean, over typical *US Airways* meals. Their new, sub-par meals are still better than US Airways’ best efforts.

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