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US Airways joins oneworld today – you can now book their MAN / EDI / GLA flights on Avios

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Today is the day that US Airways joins the oneworld alliance.  This follows its merger (ie takeover) of American Airlines last Winter.

British Airways is also a member of the oneworld alliance, and allows reciprocal ‘earning and burning’ of miles.  This means that you can now book US Airways flights with your Avios points.  You will also be able to earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly with US Airways.

The US Airways and American Airlines frequent flyer schemes will also be merged.  No date has been announced yet, but it is almost certain that US Airways miles will transfer at 1:1 into American Airlines.  If you have status with US Airways, you will receive the equivalent level of AA status.

(I wrote about this generous US Airways promotion yesterday, which could be lucrative for you if you regularly fly a number of different oneworld airlines.)

US Airways

US Airways has key hubs in:

Charlotte

Philadelphia

Phoenix

Washington National

Anyone travelling to those parts of the US will see the most benefit.  However, in total there will be 60 airports where you can go with Avios for the first time – 56 in the US, along with 3 in Canada and 1 in Mexico.

US Airways flies to a number of regional airports in the UK.  Some interesting new Avios redemptions options are now open to you if you were planning to head to the States.

These are routes currently flown by US Airways from the UK:

London to Charlotte

London to Philadelphia

Manchester to Charlotte (starts May 2014)

Manchester to Philadelphia

Edinburgh to Philadelphia (starts May 2014)

Glasgow to Philadelphia

Dublin (I know its not UK!) to Philadelphia

Dublin (ditto) to Charlotte (seasonal)

Shannon (ditto) to Philadelphia (seasonal)

Now, you may never have wanted to go to Philadelphia.  However, US Airways has a major hub in Philadelphia, and can connect you from there to pretty much anywhere else you want to go.

As the flights are not loaded into ba.com at the time of writing (and there is no guarantee that they will be available first-thing today) I do not yet know what sort of taxes will be charged.  As already happens with American Airlines transatlantic redemptions on Avios, I fully expect BA to add the same fuel surcharges that it adds to its own flights, even though US Airways does not charge fuel surcharges itself.  BA just pockets this money …..

Don’t forget that American Airlines also offers regional services to the US from UK airports:

Manchester to New York

Dublin to New York

Dublin to Chicago

None of this makes up for British Airways failing to offer regional long-haul departures, of course, but the US / American merger will definitely lead to an improvement in the Avios offering for those outside the South East.

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Comments (32)

  • TrollBasher says:

    AA also operate MAN-ORD

    Rgds

  • David says:

    JER-LGW/LHR-PHL is 40k Avios plus ~£50 in taxes return.

  • gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    As a former US Gold from the 3-tier (Silver/Gold/Chairmans) days, I thought they were a reasonable carrier. They always looked after me very well and I would get an op-up about 50% of the time when I was travelling MAN-PHL-LAX every fortnight.

    It should be noted that PHL is well worth visiting in its own right. A interesting place with a very walkable centre.

    • squills says:

      Call me an old fart – but absolutely nothing in USA beats 1000 towns & cities in old Europe.

      Give me Santiago de la Compostela or Firenze over anything in the New World, any day of the week.

      Yes, I was sort of impressed by (say) Dallas – amazingly compact central district where you certainly can go on a fantastic booze run and take in some great hangouts. New York not so different if you pick the right bit – or Houston, or Ann Arbor – and I’m sure there are loads more.

      But no character or backbone vs our Europe 😉

      • squills says:

        Boston gets a big tick 😉

        • squills says:

          Nothing in California gets a tick 😉

          • Mark says:

            I’d probably agree with you on LA certainly, for San Francisco not so much..

            What California does have is some great national parks, if you’re able to spend the time travelling beyond the cities.

          • squills says:

            That’s a fair point, I’d definitely go for the fantastic natural landscapes but skip the cities.

  • Reds says:

    Will BAEC show direct flights from DUB-CLT or DUB-PHL or DUB-JFK on AA or US Airways?
    Only showing via LHR.

  • Alan says:

    I have an existing US booking with my BAEC number on it – reviewing it on the US website it now recognises that it’s a BAEC number (previously it was blank before). Also the MMB bit of the BA website is now at least approximately correct on the predicted Avios earning – although the TP earning is still way off!

  • The BA booking engine tends to route via LHR rather than offer direct flights out of DUB on their partner airlines.

  • Alan says:

    On a related note – BA are offering double Avios on US flights between now and the end of June.

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