MIAMI — American Airlines announced today that it will bring US Airways Dividend Miles members into the AAdvantage program in the second quarter of 2015. Starting at the beginning of the year, members in both programs will have the chance to match their accounts before integration begins.

But with a merger comes the opportunity to tweak the program, and American is doing that. The elite status membership — AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum and Gold — will remain, but the segment qualification requirement for Executive Platinum will rise from 100 to 120 segments, effective January 1, 2015. Other changes in January include: receiving complimentary same-day confirmed flight changes on American, a new benefit for Chairman’s Preferred members; and redeeming all Special Dividends by early 2015; qualification ends in December 2014.

More changes will come in the second quarter of 2015 for Dividend Miles Preferred, including: qualifying for elite status based on elite-qualifying miles, segments and points; receive a 100 percent mileage bonus for Dividend Miles Gold or Platinum members who becomes AAdvantage Platinum; redeeming miles for AAnytime awards and mileage upgrade awards on both American and US Airways marketed and operated flights; and upgrades on American marketed and operated flights before day of departure.

Changes for AAdvantage elite members starting in January are: free confirmed flight changes for Executive Platinum members flying on American and an increased class of service bonus for business class tickets, doubling to 50 percent.

In the second quarter, AAdvantage elite members will get free upgrades on flights 500 miles or less on flights marketed and operated by American and free upgrades auto-requested on flights marketed and operated by American and US Airways; free upgrades on flights marketed and operated by US Airways before day of departure; redeem miles for upgrades on flights marketed and operated by US Airways; use systemwide upgrades on flights marketed and operated by US Airways; and redeem miles for AAnytime awards on flights marketed and operated by US Airways.

American Airlines Offered a Review of its Major Accomplishments since the December 2013 Merger Announcement. Highlights Include:

  • Access to an expanded network and more than 50 clubs;
  • US Airways joining the oneworld alliance;
  • Elite benefits on both airlines, such as priority check-in and boarding; and the ability to earn and redeem miles on both airlines.