AAUSThe big travel news today (December 9, 2013) is that the American Airlines and US Airways merger has now legally closed, creating the world’s largest airline. Just like previous mergers (like Delta + Northwest and United + Continental), though, it’s going to take time (months, even years) for the two to truly become one. They’ll continue to function as two separate airlines for quite some time, and very few changes will happen immediately. Here are some things to takeaway in the short term:

  • Any existing reservations you may have with American or US Airways will not be affected.
  • Your miles and/or elite status will be completely safe. Beginning on January 7, you’ll have the ability to earn and redeem miles on both carriers and get reciprocal lounge access.
  • Starting around mid-January, the airlines will begin merging flight codes.
  • The plan as of now is for US Airways to leave the Star Alliance for American’s oneworld Alliance on March 31.
  • The merged airline will operate under the name American Airlines, traded as AAL on the NASDAQ exchange. The new CEO is Doug Parker, who comes from US Airways.

Here’s more on the merger from the two airlines involved:

Here’s more coverage on the story from around the web:

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2 Comments On "What to Expect: The American Airlines-US Airways Merger"
  1. James Collins|

    Merger Question: AA miles you can change flight times and days of travel without a cost. US Air no changes at all once travel has started and before travel a $150 fee to change. Which plan do you think they will adopt. Great blog by the way.

    1. Johnny Jet
      Johnny Jet|

      Thanks! I think they will adopt the US Air policy but I’m not certain

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