US Airways, American Airlines, and British Airways are all members of the oneworld alliance who should be equally sharing award space on their own flights with their partners.
For the first time, I’ve found a case where US Airways “Low” (their name for “Saver”) price award space is not bookable with American Airlines or British Airways miles.
Either the US Airways space is phantom, or it isn’t being shared with American Airlines and British Airways, which would be a huge problem because American Airlines and British Airways awards are often cheaper than US Airways awards.
Refresher on Partners Sharing Space
As a refresher, airlines usually share all their capacity-controlled Saver award space–whatever that’s called like “MileSAAver” or “Low”–equally with their own members and their partners. There are a few exceptions, but US Airways economy Low space has never been an exception, so I would expect US Airways miles, American Airlines miles, and British Airways Avios to be able to book it equally.
Airlines never share their less capacity controlled seats with partners–award space with names like Medium, High, AAnytime, and Standard.
That means that any Low award space at usairways.com, any MileSAAver award space at aa.com, and any British Airways award space at ba.com should be available equally to all three types of miles. (British Airways doesn’t have tiers of seat availability.)
Why This Matters
US Airways flies from Sarasota, FL to Charlotte, NC, which is a distance of 547 miles.
- US Airways would charge 25,000 miles and $36 for the one way flight at the Low level.
- American would charge 12,500 miles and $6.
- British Airways would charge 4,500 Avios and $6.
I’d much rather book the flight with Avios than with US Airways miles. Or if I needed the segment as part of an international award to Asia, I’d want to book it with American Airlines miles.
If US Airways isn’t sharing the space, that makes American Airlines and British Airways miles less valuable.
- On what routes is US Airways space not bookable with AA and BA miles?
- What is the root cause of the problem? Glitch or purposeful blocking?