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On the US Airways award chart today, I noticed a minor change as part of the US Airways / American Airlines integration.

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Did you catch it?

On the US Airways chart, the word “Envoy” has been replaced with “Business Class.”

US Airways had previously referred to its International Business Class as “Envoy” (and it still does on other pages), but it looks like that name will disappear during the integration.

This is semantics, since the Envoy / Business Class will still be a great product–at least on the A330s where it is completely flat–but a far bigger change is coming to US Airways awards on March 31, 2014.

On March 30, 2014, US Airways leaves the Star Alliance. The following day, US Airways joins oneworld. As far as we know, all routing rules and award prices will stay the same, but the partners you can book with US Airways miles will change.

This is a huge deal because some places are easier to get to on Star Alliance partners, and some places are easier to get to with oneworld partners. That’s why I wrote a post called Which Awards to Book Before US Airways Leaves the Star Alliance March 30 and Which to Book After. Check it out.

If you have any last second awards you want to book with your US Airways miles before it loses most of its Star Alliance partners, consider hiring the MileValue Award Booking Service.

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