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.
Today is a big day for American and
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
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 aa.com/arriving, as well as following our social channels.
I'm excited to start this journey and look forward to building a stronger
airline for you.
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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