American Airlines has been taking very logical steps forward to complete their merger with US Airways. They tackled the loyalty programs first and that process went pretty darn smoothly for most. And, not too long ago, they announced they would start moving forward reservations (for flights on October 17, 2015 and after) to the American Airlines ticketing system.
I had it in my head that would mean that any flights booked for travel before October 17th would still follow the current path, wherein you book US Airways flights on US Airways ticket stock and the same for American Airlines. Codeshares are painful for upgrades and other such items, but booking “metal” on the corresponding ticket stock (again, a US Airways operated flight on their own ticket stock) would continue to be the right path for any travel through mid-October. Methinks that might have changed?
I was trying to book a short-term trip for September this morning on USAirways.com and got a message redirecting me to the American Airlines website (AA.com) to finish the booking. I tried a handful of city pairs and, even in instances where American didn’t operate the route (IAD-CLT, for example), the US Airways site still directed me to AA.com:
Interesting, but not sure what that means for tickets I need to book on US Airways metal. Maybe I’ll get an upgrade, may be I won’t.
I called the Executive Platinum desk and the agent confirmed that tickets are no longer bookable on the US Airways website. I just booked one 48 hours ago, so this would seem to be a fairly new development (and still not confirmed by AA in any sort of public way).
To be continued…..