US Airways Losing Five Partners in the Next Few Months

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The notes at the bottom of the US Airways award chart have some bad news: US Airways is losing four partners this year.

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On Saturday, I explained Where to Search for Award Space on All 26 of US Airways’ Partners. If you want to fly four of those partners, though, you need to book in the next few weeks.

Which partners is US Airways losing? When do you have to book by? How far into 2015 can you fly the awards? What are good substitute airlines for the partners being lost?

Here are the four partners being lost and the last day US Airways will be able to book their award space.

1) Award redemption on Air New Zealand must be booked by June 29, 2014
2) Award redemption on Avianca must be booked by May 31, 2014
3) Award redemption on EVA Air must be booked by May 14, 2014

5) … Award redemption on Singapore and Turkish must be booked by July 31, 2014.

Note that awards on these airlines need only be booked by these dates. You can book US Airways awards up to about 335 days in advance. That means you can fly awards containing the lost partners into 2015.

With your US Airways miles:

  • Book Air New Zealand flights by 6/29/14 for flights until about 5/30/15.
  • Book Avianca flights by 5/31/14 for flights until about 5/1/15.
  • Book EVA Air flights by 5/14/14 for flights until about 4/14/15.
  • Book Singapore flights by 7/31/14 for flights until about 7/1/15.
  • Book Turkish flights by 7/31/14 for flights until about 7/1/15.

How to Replace the Lost Partners

Losing partners is a blow to the value of US Airways miles. Luckily US Airways has other partners in all the regions served by the outgoing partners.

Air New Zealand Substitute

Even after US Airways’ partnership with Air New Zealand ends, US Airways will still partner with Qantas, which is based in Australia and serves several destinations in New Zealand.

Avianca Substitute

When Avianca and its hubs throughout Latin America exit, US Airways will still partner with LAN, which has hubs in Chile, Peru, and Argentina. American Airlines (which has now merged with US Airways) also has an extensive network throughout Latin America.

EVA Substitute

EVA flies to the US and throughout Asia from its hub in Taiwan. US Airways’ oneworld partner Cathay Pacific does the same, but from its hub in Hong Kong.

Singapore Substitute

Kuala Lumpur, the hub of Malaysia Airlines, is less than 200 miles from Singapore.

Recap

US Airways is losing four partners this year:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Avianca
  • EVA
  • Singapore

All are Star Alliance members who US Airways has maintained as partners even though it has left the Star Alliance for oneworld.

You can book US Airways awards up to 335 days in advance, so you can fly all four of these partners will into 2015 on US Airways awards.

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    • Lufthansa has already been lost. I’d “replace” them with airberlin, though airberlin has no first class.

    • Very, very different. I’d have to fly Taca Avianca from the US to Buenos Aires instead of United, then I’d have to fly probably Turkish or US Airways back from Europe.

      • How about the other 2 segments, i.e. one to JNB plus another from JNB to anywhere in EU? How about One World partners?

        • I flew those on South African, which is still a US Airways partner. There is no good oneworld option from South America to Africa. oneworld is very weak to Africa in general. BA has the best network, but there are those fuel surcharges.

          • If South African is still US Air partner, than, no partners from One World are needed. Thus, your last year’s plan/itinerary should still work at this moment 🙂

  1. LAN Colombia, with its hub in Bogotá, is also a member of oneworld now, and can help people get to destinations in Colombia that AA doesn’t serve (e.g., Cartagena). airberlin could be regarded as oneworld’s answer to Lufthansa in terms of getting to Germany from the USA; of course, airberlin’s route network isn’t nearly as broad.

  2. Nor is airberlin’s product as good as Lufthansa. Losing Lufthansa is a tough blow. But US Airways gained some great partners too.

  3. But we can’t combine oneworld with US Airways’ other partners on a single mileage award, right?

    For example, I couldn’t fly LAX-AKL on Air New Zealand, stopover, then fly Qantas from AKL-SYD-PER. Please tell me I’m wrong, but I thought that’s how it is. If you want to use the non-oneworld partners, you have to combine it with US Airways flights (Can you combine them with flights on AA?)

    If this is the case, US Airways’ non-oneworld partners already have limited value and it won’t be that great a loss when they exit, since we’ve already lost a great portion of their value by not being able to use them to link up with other US Air

    • It is correct that you can’t combine the oneworld partners and the other partners. But we’re still losing options, which is bad.

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