US Airways to join oneworld

US Airways and its regional affiliates under the US Airways Express brand will join oneworld on March 31 next year, following completion of its merger with alliance founding member American Airlines.

US Airways will add 60 destinations to the oneworld map along with its key hubs of Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington DC's Reagan National.

Until the full integration of American Airlines and US Airways - which will see the combined airline retaining the American Airlines name - US Airways and its regional carriers will operate as oneworld affiliate members, under the American umbrella. They will offer oneworld's full range of services and benefits, although some may be phased in later.

The 140 million members of established oneworld airlines' frequent flyer programmes will also receive alliance services and benefits when flying on US Airways from March 31, including the ability to earn mileage and tier status points and, for elite cardholders, access to US Airways' lounges when flying on oneworld departures. The redemption of rewards for flights on US Airways may be phased in later.

US Airways' network will also be covered by oneworld's range of alliance fares.

This article was published by the Special Projects Unit, Marketing Division, SPH.