Tagged With "USAir"

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Re: "New AA" Details Dates for Alliance, Loyalty Change-overs

PortMoresby ·
Thanks for the update. It's already been useful. I have a few thousand USAir miles, not a lot but still enough to not let lapse. I've been making the occasional purchase of gifts through their site to keep them alive. After reading the article and the miles merge date I just bought my mother's gift through the AA site instead, the better to see them added to the bigger pile sooner. Thanks!
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Re: Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

Former Member ·
This case seems very peculiar to me. I have never understood why what is acceptable for some large airlines - Delta and United - is considered unfair competition for others. The airlines have been growing and merging since the Pan Am Clipper days. Why is this transaction any different ?
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Re: Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

PHeymont ·
In a nutshell: AA and USAir are making exactly the argument you are, and the Justice Dept. is saying, in effect, "We shoulda stopped them, too." Obviously a lot of issues (both in terms of fares and of maintaining service to smaller cities), but not clear why the line's been drawn here. Meanwhile, Texas pulled out of the suit, Florida may follow, mayors of cities with AA and USAir hubs have backed the merger, airport operators are chiming in...so the mediation may end up being Justice's way...
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Re: Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

Former Member ·
the Justice Dept. is saying, in effect, "We shoulda stopped them, too." A stronger, healthier Delta and United is a bad thing because ?
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Re: Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

PHeymont ·
Anti-merger views generally argue that the mergers reduce competition, raise fares, and cut service to smaller cities. Others might reply that the key to these new large carriers' survival is not so much that they got larger as that all of the carriers involved passed through bankruptcy, shedding workers, benefits, contracts and perhaps maintenance standards as they went...
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Re: Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

PortMoresby ·
A very useful bunch of information, PHeymont. I've been an AA/Citibank cardholder for over 8 years now and am a satisfied customer. I realize I might squeeze more points out if I open new accounts but I prefer to not have to think too much, be the tortoise and concentrate on piling up the points in 1 place by putting every possible purchase on the card, never spending more than I normally would. Also, when making large purchases, all other aspects being equal, I choose a company that accepts...
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Re: One year into merger, AA is optimistic

PHeymont ·
Update: American and the flight attendants have just settled the contract through arbitration. A number of other contracts must be reached in the coming year.
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Re: Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

Travel Rob ·
Thank you PHeymont. Very useful & updated info. Appreciated the links too soI didn't go to the wrong card application by mistake.
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Re: One year into merger, AA is optimistic

Travel Rob ·
I guess the question for me is the merger good for consumers? From my own searches, I haven't seen as many good sales on the USAir old routes that I used to see.
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Re: AA, USAir frequent fliers: the next step is here

PortMoresby ·
Well, that was easy! Log in on AA.com, window comes up, no searching for a link, enter Dividend Miles number, no additional password, done! I knew airlines could make it simple, if they wanted to. Well done AA & thanks, PHeymont.
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AA/USAir: Justice Dept. May be More Open to Deal

PHeymont ·
Remarks by Atty Gen. Eric Holder, quoted in the NY Times Monday may indicate the AA/USAir merger might be moving toward a deal that would allow the merger and avert the anti-trust trial set for Nov. 25th. Read it HERE
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AA-USAir Merger: On fast track to wrap it up soon

PHeymont ·
Now that the Department of Justice has okayed the American Airlines/USAir merger, the two companies are rushing through needed steps to become one. They expect the deal to close next month, although merging all operations will take as much as two ...
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USAir Frequent Flyer Mile-Share Bonus: Up to 100%

PHeymont ·
Buying frequent flyer miles is usually not a great deal, since the airlines sell them at a premium and charge a fee for the transaction (usually only makes sense if you need that last couple of thousand to claim an award). But, through Dec. 6, USAir...
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Southwest, Virgin America buy LGA gates from AA, new service soon

PHeymont ·
Southwest, now the biggest U.S. domestic carrier, and Virgin America will expand service from New York's Laguardia Airport using gate slots bought from American Airlines. The sale was part of the requirement for merger approval of AA and USAir, which...
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AA-USAir Wedding Complete, Lots of Work for the Honeymoon

PHeymont ·
The merger of American Airlines and USAir took place today; the new company, with American's name and location, and mostly USAir management in its future, began trading on NASDAQ this morning. Over the next months, they will still have to merge...
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"New AA" Details Dates for Alliance, Loyalty Change-overs

PHeymont ·
Now the American Airlines and USAir have closed their merger, they've begun rolling out more details of the merger planning. Scott Kirby, who was USAir president and is now president of AA, announced dates for joint operations, for aligning loyalty...
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Qatar, USAir create Philly code-share hub

PHeymont ·
Not a sexy headline, but good news for travelers in USAir cities around the country as Qatar Airways and USAir expand their codeshare arrangements so that travelers from USAir cities such as Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami,...
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Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

PHeymont ·
The planned merger of American and USAir, which has been challenged by the Justice Department will go to mediation, in hopes of finding a solution that will be acceptable to the airlines and the Federal government. A mediator has been selected; if an...
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Not just DC: Govt wants more concession from AA/USAir

PHeymont ·
Reuters reports the Department of Justice wants a broad range of promises and concessions in any deal to withdraw its objections to the merger of American and USAir. Read more HERE
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AA "new tail" wins in close employee vote

PHeymont ·
By a margin of just over 2000 votes out of 60,000, American Airlines workers voted to keep the new tail design the airline adopted shortly before the AA/USAir merger. There's a while to go before it's everywhere: Painting a whole fleet takes time, and...
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Free Flights Everywhere: Is this the best employee benefit ever?

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, now with 100,000 employees from both AA and USAir, has rolled out a new version of free travel for employees: anywhere, anytime there's a seat in coach. Includes registered family members and parents as well. With a newly-merged...
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AA/USAir: Start the Miles and Lounge Sharing

PHeymont ·
Now the frequent flier part of the AA/USAir merger begins. AA announced yesterday that members in both its AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs can earn miles in either program on all AA or USAir flights. In addition, elite members of either program...
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American Eagle Changes Name, But You Won't Notice...

PHeymont ·
American Airlines' regional subsidiary American Eagle is getting a new name: Envoy Airlines. The new name is to distinguish it from the other American Eagle, the name used for the flights operated for American by independent regional carriers...
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Post-Merger AA Route Changes at DCA, LGA

PHeymont ·
One of the impacts of the deal that allowed American Airlines and USAir to merge was a requirement to give up some takeoff/landing slots at DC's National Airport and NY's Laguardia, two of the busiest airports. Now, AA has announced which flights have...
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AA talks tough on discount competition, sees change ahead

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, the world's largest air carrier, isn't planning to let any Davids mess with its Goliath market share. CEO Doug Parker says that if smaller rivals take advantage of fuel price drops to add seats and then discount them to take market...
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U.S. Airways: Last flight in October in AA merger

PHeymont ·
Next October 17, passengers on U.S. Airways Flight 434, a 10 pm red-eye from San Francisco, will arrive in Philadelphia as the last ever to fly on U.S. Airways. When they leave the plane at 6 a.m., it will be over, and all flights now flown as U.S....
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American, USAir loyalty programs will merge Q2 2015

PHeymont ·
American and USAir have just notified their frequent flier program members (AAdvantage and Dividend Miles) of more detailed plans for merging the two plans, including a date: 2nd quarter of 2015, as well as details of the merger plan.   All USAir...
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Heritage liveries on display on AA planes

PHeymont ·
American Airlines heritage livery plan gets its last two jets.
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AA Keeps Reservation System to Avoid Post-Merger Problems

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, obviously aware of the continuing post-merger problems United has had with its reservation and passenger management systems, has chosen not to change. AA has always used SABRE, which it originally developed, and U.S. Airways, its...
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AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PHeymont ·
The time has come for the next step in the 15-month-old merger of American Airlines and USAir: merger of the USAir Dividend Miles program into American's AAdvantage. All USAir accounts will be frozen on Thursday, Mar. 26 for the transfer; anyone...
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More Merger News: AA to get"single certificate" next week

PHeymont ·
The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing the merged American/USAir to take the next step on its merger path; it announced Monday that it will issue the "single operating certificate (SOC)" that will remove the last barriers to the company...
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One year into merger, AA is optimistic

PHeymont ·
American Airlines and USAir merged a year ago this week, forming the world's largest airline, even though it's not quite operating like one. Passengers still book on two different systems, and sometimes use different customer service reps...but the...
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Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

PHeymont ·
For some of us, credit cards are more than a convenient way to pay—they are the lifeline to free travel through loyalty programs. Between points for purchases and bonuses for opening or upgrading credit card accounts, it's possible to get quite...
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AA, USAir: Next step, combining reservations

PHeymont ·
USAir, AA planes at Washington on the morning of their 2013 merger. That was the easy part...   Now that American/USAir is past the legal hurdles, tidied up labor contracts, and merged the loyalty programs, they're ready for the big one: merging...
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AA, USAir frequent fliers: the next step is here

PHeymont ·
Starting tonight (January 8), frequent fliers who are both AAdvantage members (AA) and Dividend Miles members (USAir) will be able to start the process of eventually merging their accounts into one. The step now is to match up the two accounts so that...
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AA-USAir loyalty merger...and a maybe last chance

PHeymont ·
American Airlines will merge its two loyalty programs "within 30 days" according to e-mails sent yesterday to all members of the USAir Dividend Miles program, which will be folded into the AAdvantage program. All existing miles will transfer; for some...
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Love it or hate it: Southwest changes its look

PHeymont ·
Southwest Airlines will have a major announcement this morning, including plans for the future—and a new look for its planes, nearly solid blue with red and yellow stripes at the tail and wingtips. The look was supposed to be secret, but blog...
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Re: AA "new tail" wins in close employee vote

PortMoresby ·
Heavy sigh. Good taste seems always to be a minority attribute. I may be forced to rethink my frequent flyer situation, unless they opt to promote the minority to lifetime business class. It seems only fair.
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Re: Post-Merger AA Route Changes at DCA, LGA

Jonathan L ·
Virign America will bee getting some of AA's slots at LGA - That is a net plus in my book!
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PortMoresby ·
All my miles in one pile this morning, enough to go anywhere, and I still can't decide, a truly terrible problem.
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PHeymont ·
Yes, the transfer seems to have gone very smoothly...too bad, in a way; I was hoping for an accidental bonus as I once got from Delta (which added an extra zero, back in 1999).
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PortMoresby: All my miles in one pile this morning, enough to go anywhere, and I still can't decide, a truly terrible problem. But an enviable problem, PM. If it's the worst thing you have to deal with this week, you're having a pretty fine week.
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PortMoresby ·
I'm always aware, DrF, I've lived a charmed life (for a commoner).
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

DrFumblefinger ·
Now I'm really confused. I just learned from your POD yesterday that you were a princess pretending to be a commoner....
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Re: AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PortMoresby ·
No, DrF, you read it wrong. A commoner with delusions.
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Re: American, USAir loyalty programs will merge Q2 2015

PortMoresby ·
Finally! I've been hanging on to my measly 5,000 USAir miles by buying something through their site every 18 months and must again by January to keep them. It's ok as I only buy things I would anyway. The problem is remembering to go through the USAir site to do it. Last time, whew!
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