American/US Airways merger closes

While far from complete, American Airlines and US Airways officials closed their merger on Dec. 9, a move announced to members of American’s AAdvantage program in an e-mail sent just before 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The e-mail, signed by American president Scott Kirby, read:

Today is a big day for American and US Airways.

Our merger has legally closed, which means we're taking an exciting step toward building the new American. We're combining to form a stronger airline with an extensive network, greater schedule options and a modern and fuel-efficient fleet.

It's important to note that there is no impact to any existing reservations you may have with American Airlines or US Airways at this time, and any mileage balance or elite status you have earned in either frequent flyer program is completely safe. You can continue to earn miles through existing AAdvantage participating companies — including the Citi® / AAdvantage credit cards — and redeem those miles for the same great awards.

We'll continue to function as two separate airlines for quite some time, and very few changes will happen immediately. For now, you won't see any changes to your travel experience as we will be focusing completely on delivering a superior operation during the busy holiday travel season. But, beginning in early January, we'll announce exciting new benefits such as the ability to earn and redeem miles on both carriers and reciprocal lounge access.

Your continued loyalty is very important to us, and we will be working hard in the coming weeks and months to deliver a world class travel experience. Look for additional communications from our new American team on these and other benefits headed your way. You also can stay up-to-date on the latest developments by visiting, as well as following our social channels.

I'm excited to start this journey and look forward to building a stronger airline for you.

Scott Kirby
American Airlines

Many questions remain to be answered, including the fate of the Admirals Clubs and the US Airways clubs which was the subject of an earlier post. I’ll be watching and reporting. Stay tuned.

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