Today marks another milestone in the post-American Airlines-US Airways merger world: the first phase of a codeshare between the two airlines. What this means, on a basic level, is that both American and US Airways can sell tickets on flights operated by the other, and that customers will be able to include flights from both on one itinerary—for travel starting Jan. 23.
The bigger news, though, is probably this: The airlines are offering their frequent flyer members—of the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs respectively—a 50% mileage bonus for travel on flights operated by either carrier through March 2, 2014.
Despite the shared offer, American and US Airways will continue to operate as separate airlines for now. The first phase of the codeshare will cover only select flights and includes placing, as described by American Airlines Group:
- The US Airways code on most American-operated flights between American’s hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK), and US Airways hubs in Phoenix, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. (DCA).
- The American code on most US Airways-operated flights between US Airways’ hubs in Phoenix, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. (DCA), and American’s hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK).
- The American code on US Airways’ East Coast Shuttle service, which includes flights between Boston, Washington, D.C. (DCA) and New York (LGA).
- The US Airways code on select American domestic flights from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth providing US Airways customers immediate access to small- and medium-size destinations currently served by American but not US Airways.
- The American and US Airways code on select international flights operated by the other carrier.