Tomorrow is the day that US Airways quits Star Alliance and joins British Airways in the oneworld alliance. I will be doing a full post tomorrow on the new redemption options that will be available on US Airways.
In the meantime, US Airways has launched an interesting promotion that – for European flyers – is not so tricky to achieve.
The promotion is easy to follow. You need to sign up at any point between tomorrow (March 31st) and 30th June.
At the end of the promotion, you will receive a bonus based on the number of different oneworld airlines you have flown:
1 airline – 0
2 airlines – 500 miles
3 airlines – 2,500 miles
4 airlines – 5,000 miles
5 airlines – 15,000 miles
6 airlines – 25,000 miles
Note that US Airways does NOT count as a participating airline, although all of the other oneworld airlines do (the full list is here, affiliates are included.) Each airline only counts once, however many times you fly it.
You must obviously credit your flights to US Airways Dividend Miles to take part. Dividend Miles will merge with the American Airlines AAdvantage programme at some point in the next year, so this promotion is especially interesting if you have an AA account with some miles in it.
Personally, I would only bother with this if I was likely to hit 5 or 6 airlines. I would also want to be doing it on relatively short flights, in order to minimise the number of miles I need to commit to US Airways. (And, if you have BA status, remember that you will probably earn fewer miles in US Airways than you would with Avios, which drags down the value of the bonus.)
5 or 6 oneworld airlines is not an impossible target to achieve for a business traveller, though, especially as you have three full months to do it. Definitely worth thinking about if you are a serious road warrior.