50% bonus miles when flying American Airlines or US Airways

I don’t usually cover bonus promotions on non-UK frequent flyer programmes on Head for Points.  However, I have made an exception for this one because a lot of readers will have an American Airlines account.  I have also mentioned the AA / US Airways merger in the past.

Whilst still operating as two businesses, American Airlines and US Airways are now the same company.  US completed the acquisition of American just before Christmas, although it is the American Airlines brand that will survive.

US Airways

Over the next year or so, the US Airways Dividend Miles programme will be merged into the American Airlines AAdvantage scheme.  If you have some orphan US Airways and American Airlines miles, this may allow you to get to enough for a reward.

To reinforce the idea that the two companies are now the same, AA and US are running a slightly odd promotion:

If you take an American Airlines flight and credit it to a US Airways Dividend Miles account, you will receive 50% bonus miles

If you take a US Airways flight and credit it to an American Airlines account, you will receive 50% bonus miles

Remember, the two programmes will be merged in the near future so you will be reunited with your miles soon enough!

The rules are straightforward:

You must register in advance

You must fly by 2nd March

Codeshares (ie flying a BA plane sold as an AA codeshare) do not count

American Airlines members can find out more details and register here.

US Airways members can find out more details and register here.

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Comments

  1. Any thoughts on whether tier point would still be awarded?

    E.g. Flying US airways flights taking points onto a AAdvantage account, would a transcontinental First ticket still get 210 tier points? I am assuming not, but can’t find that info anywhere.

    • If you’re crediting to an AA account then you won’t get any tier points, you only get them when crediting to BA. Once US is fully integrated into AA and becomes part of Oneworld then you’ll be able to credit to BA.

    • It would be tier credit in AA, which works on a different basis to how BA calculates it.

      • Raffles, can you credit an AA flight (or BA Codeshare) to American using your AAdvantage number but also earn On Business points?

  2. Slightly off topic but I’ve got a return flight to Miami which was booked using ba.com (going out on an AA plane coming back on BA) it should earn me about 10k Avios and 125 tier points.

    If I credit the flight to my AAdvantage account instead what would I get? Assuming I wanted to do this what’s the easiest way of changing the booking? I don’t remember seeing the option on ba.com.

    • I think AA would give you the same (1 mile per 1 mile flown), you can easily check on aa.com.

      The easiest way to change the number is to use the Finnair website, oddly. Their ‘Manage My Booking’ function lets you change the details for any oneworld flight.

      • Thanks Raffles, I’ve signed up on Finnair.

        Using the BA calculator and AA page it looks like the only difference is BA give a 25% mile bonus on my return flight which is Premium Economy whilst AA just give a 10% bonus. Both give the same for the Economy flight going out although I noticed you get a whole 5 Avios more if you fly on BA metal to Miami than if you fly on AA metal!