On the last day of March, US Airways formally joined its new partner, American Airlines, in the Oneworld Alliance. That meant it left behind its Star Alliance partners. But wait—if you have US Airways miles, there are still some Star Alliance options.
Even though US Airways is a Oneworld airline, your US Airways miles won’t become American miles until next year. But you can no longer cash in US Airways miles for award tickets on former partners including United, Lufthansa, SWISS, Air Canada and some others.
But true to the airline business that constantly confuses, you can still use your US Airways miles on some Star Alliance members such as Singapore, South African, Turkish, Air New Zealand, and eight others.
Why? I have no idea. Maybe the airlines had unbreakable contracts. But feel free to take advantage of the situation. Heck, you can even apply for a credit card affiliated with US Airways and pick up as many as 40,000 bonus miles. That’s what you get with the US Airways Premier World Mastercard. And, of course, even if you don’t use them right away, they’ll magically turn into American miles come next year. Nothing wrong with that.