The following is an excerpt from MITCH LIPKA, Reuters | April 26, 2012 | TheFiscalTimes.com |
If you’ve spent the last several years loyally flying American Airlines or US Airways, you’re probably wondering what would happen to the frequent flyer miles you have built up if the airlines were to merge.
Consumers likely won’t lose the miles they’ve already accumulated if a merger does come to pass. However, when other airlines have merged, consumers have lost some popular perks such as free upgrades and the chance to accumulate points while flying other carriers.
“All things being equal, I would expect a merged American-US Airways frequent flier program to be somewhat less generous than the two airlines’ programs today,” said Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Maybe you’ll need more miles for free tickets to certain regions, or maybe award seats will be more scarce, or maybe it’ll be harder for elite fliers to get first-class upgrades.”
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