Thursday, November 20, 2008

USAirways Changes Min. Miles for Elites as well

Following United, US Airways once again offers min. miles for Elites -- plus adds back Preferred Bonus Miles. I want to like US Airways, but they keep on flip-flopping on whether they really like their Business fliers.


US Airways Reinstates Preferred Bonus Miles and Preferred Minimum Miles



TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--US Airways (NYSE:LCC - News) announced today that it is reinstating the bonus miles and 500 minimum miles accrual benefits for customers with Preferred membership in the US Airways Dividend Miles frequent flyer program. US Airways Dividend Miles members earn and retain Preferred status when they purchase and fly at least 25,000 miles or 30 segments within a calendar year. The company also announced that all Dividend Miles members will receive a minimum of 500 miles for each segment flown on US Airways Shuttle.

Beginning Nov. 20, Dividend Miles Preferred members will receive bonus miles commensurate with their Preferred status level. Retroactive credit will appear in Preferred members’ December Dividend Miles account statements for bonus-qualifying travel between August 6, 2008 and Nov. 19.


US Airways Dividend Miles Program Elite Bonus Miles:

Silver

25,000 annual flight miles, OR 30 flight annual flight segments - Bonus Miles: 25%

Gold

50,000 annual flight miles, OR 60 annual flight segments - Bonus Miles: 50%

Platinum


75,000 annual flight miles, OR 90 annual flight segments - Bonus Miles: 75%

Chairman’s Preferred


100,000 annual flight miles, OR 120 annual flight segments - Bonus Miles: 100%

In addition to reinstating the 500 minimum miles accrual that Preferred members will receive for every segment flown, effective Nov. 20 all Dividend Miles members will receive 500 minimum miles per segment on US Airways Shuttle flights between Washington, New York and Boston. Preferred and US Airways Shuttle 500 minimum miles accruals will be retroactively credited for qualifying flights taken between May 1, 2008 and Nov. 19. The retroactive credit will appear in members’ December Dividend Miles account statements.

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Planning Andrew Nocella said, “Our Dividend Miles Program members are extremely important to us, and these changes reflect our continued commitment to delivering the best product with the most value to our customers.”

US Airways Dividend Miles Preferred members enjoy benefits like the most generous upgrade window in the industry, free first and second checked bags, access to Choice Seat assignments and more. Dividend Miles' unique combination of features makes it easier and more rewarding for business and leisure travelers alike to earn and redeem miles. Information about the US Airways Dividend Miles Program and membership benefits is available at www.dividendmiles.com.

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,100 flights per day and serves nearly 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline employs approximately 34,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers our customers 18,000 daily flights to 965 destinations in 162 countries worldwide. In the first eight months of 2008, US Airways ranked first in on-time performance among the ten largest U.S. carriers according to the Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report. And for the tenth consecutive year, the airline received a Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Charlotte, North Carolina hub line maintenance facility. For more company information, visit usairways.com. (LCCG)