Reciprocal Upgrades to Be Offered This Week Between American Airlines and US Airways

This is the nose of a Boeing 777-200 aircraft operated by American Airlines as it awaits its passengers at the gate at O’Hare International Airport. Photograph by FlyerTalk member prolixindec. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by prolixindec.

After US Airways became a member of the oneworld alliance as a result of its merger with American Airlines, announcements regarding reciprocal upgrades with American Airlines were released — and they will begin as of Wednesday, June 11, 2014, according to e-mail messages received earlier today by FlyerTalk members.

The following is text from an e-mail message released from American Airlines:

Until we integrate our programs, we will introduce the ability for AAdvantage elite status members to upgrade to First Class on US Airways within 24 hours of departure, beginning June 11, 2014. If available, an opportunity to upgrade will be presented at check-in for US Airways-operated flights within and between the U.S. (excluding Hawaii) and Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Central America and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. If a seat is not available, you can also choose to add yourself to the upgrade standby list.

These upgrades are complimentary for elite status members and one companion traveling in the same reservation – just as they are on US Airways today for Dividend Miles elite members.

The e-mail message from US Airways stated the following:

Until we integrate our programs, we will introduce the ability for Dividend Miles Preferred members to upgrade on American within 24 hours of departure, beginning June 11, 2014. If available, an upgrade will be presented to you at check-in for American-operated flights within and between the U.S. (including Hawaii) and Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Central America and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you book in a single passenger reservation or upgrades may not be available.

Dividend Miles Gold, Platinum and Silver Preferred members will be able to upgrade at the cost of $30 per 500 miles of travel – just as AAdvantage Gold and Platinum members can today.

Current accounts of members of the US Airways Dividend Miles frequent flier loyalty program will eventually become part of the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program sometime in 2015 where award mileage balances, million mile balances, and elite-qualifying activity will be combined.

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