Remember that in changes announced for the American AAdvantage program in 2015, miles will eventually be combined between your US Airways and American Airlines frequent flyer accounts. This process is expected to occur sometime in the second quarter — and we’re already halfway through Q1.
I just got an account update from US Airways, so it was easy to grab my Dividend Miles number and link my accounts on American Airlines, which I fly more frequently. You should get a pop up notice each time you visit. Just make sure you get the confirmation message afterward.
If you don’t see the pop up notice, visit this link to merge your accounts.
The new American AAdvantage will combine award miles and elite qualifying miles/points/segments from both programs. It will issue awards under the American Airlines award chart and confer elite status based on the existing qualification requirements for American’s three elite tiers (not four). US Airways’ Platinum members who flew 75,000 miles will be downgraded to the same level as American’s Platinum members who flew only 50,000 miles.
I think the American chart is more flexible, but there are some award sweet spots on the US Airways chart that you should take advantage of before the switch. You can read more about these and other changes in my post after the announcement was made earlier this year.