American Airlines Begins Post-Merger Changes

AP

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Airlines and US Airways began Tuesday to let passengers earn and redeem frequent-flier miles on either airline.

So-called elite frequent fliers – those logging the most miles – began to get extra reciprocal benefits including priority boarding and free bag-checking on either airline. The airlines also gave members of their airport-lounge clubs access to each other's facilities.

The changes are among the first that passengers will notice since American and US Airways merged last month and created a new parent company, American Airlines Group Inc.

However, the two airlines will continue to operate separately for about two years until federal regulators approve combining the fleets. That means separate loyalty programs, reservations systems and websites.

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