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American Airlines-US Airways merger will not affect frequent flier miles, AA says

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Airline fees for things like checked bags and preferential seating make it harder for consumers to comparison shop for flights. (Oct. 18, 2012) Credit: Charles Eckert

The consolidation of airline companies continued Thursday with the announcement of a merger between American Airlines and US Airways. The $11 billion deal means that the resultant super airline, to be called American Airlines, will be the world's largest.

What this means on the ground to frequent fliers, according to a letter sent to AAdvantage members, are separately maintained programs.

The letter, from AAdvantage Loyalty Program present Suzanne L. Rubin, states, "At this time, American and US Airways will remain separate companies and each company will maintain its current loyalty program -- our AAdvantage program and US Airways Dividend Miles."

Existing miles, Rubin writes, are secure, and the new company "is expected to offer members more opportunities to earn and burn miles from an expanded global network of routes."

The merger, expected to close in this year's third quarter, will reduce the number of major U.S. airlines to four: the new American, United, Delta and Southwest.

With The Associated Press

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