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american planeOver the past few months, American Airlines and US Airways have been in a long process to combine their merging.  Although they continue to operate as 2 separate airlines, this year, they have been combining many aspects of their operations, including their frequent flier programs.

Yesterday (Sunday 3/29) was the day that the two frequent flyer programs officially merged (or rather, that the US Airways Dividend Miles program stopped operating)

When I first woke up, they still had not combined, but later in the morning, when I logged on to aa.com, I saw my combined balance.  This was also reported by several other bloggers such as View from the Wing and Miles to Memories.

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I had about 94,000 miles in my American account and about 6,000 miles in my US Airways account (mostly from flying my red-eye flight on the way to the Family Travel for Real Life conference)

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So what am I doing with those miles now?

Well, I have been in the process of trying to book a late summer getaway trip to Europe for Mrs. PWaC and I and as you may know, 2 business-class seats from North America to Europe cost 100,000 miles.

(SEE ALSO: Mile Matrix: Any country to any other country on any airline)

I had options to book things before the merger, but was waiting on the mile balances to be combined for a few reasons.

Of course, now that I see that they are combined, the specific flights that I was looking for are no longer showing as available 🙁

What about you?  What are your plans now that US Airways Dividend Miles have become American AAdvantage miles?

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