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US Airways, American loyalty programs to combine this weekend

American and US Airways jets taxi on the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in August 2014. The two airlines will combine their loyalty programs on March 28, 2015, about 15 months after merging to create the world’s biggest airline by traffic.
American and US Airways jets taxi on the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in August 2014. The two airlines will combine their loyalty programs on March 28, 2015, about 15 months after merging to create the world’s biggest airline by traffic. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

The US Airways and American Airlines loyalty programs will be combined on Saturday, about 15 months after the two airlines merged to create the world’s biggest airline by traffic.

The move will effectively end the US Airways Dividend Miles program since its members will all be folded into American’s AAdvantage program. US Airways, of which Charlotte is a hub, merged with American Airlines in 2013.

“This is a very important milestone on our path to integration, and it puts us one step closer to operating as one airline,” American Airlines said on its website.

Texas-based American Airlines will receive a single operating certificate this quarter from federal regulators that will allow it to fly the two carriers as one airline – American Airlines Group Inc. – instead of using the US Airways and American names, Bloomberg News reported. That step is necessary to complete the merger but will go mostly unnoticed by customers.

Earlier this month, American told customers that once the programs are combined, Dividend Miles balances, preferred-qualifying activity and million mile balances will be transferred into an AAdvantage account on a one-to-one ratio, and that “it may take a few days to transfer everything.” The airline assured customers their miles won’t be lost as a result.

The combined airlines’ loyalty program will have about 100 million customers.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is American’s second-busiest hub, after Dallas/Fort Worth. The airline operates more than 90 percent of Charlotte’s 700 daily flights.

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