American Airlines begins post-merger changes

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - American Airlines and US Airways have begun to let passengers earn and redeem frequent-flier miles on either carrier.

The changes announced Tuesday are among the first that passengers will notice since Fort Worth-based American and US Airways merged last month. The deal created the American Airlines Group Inc.

So-called elite frequent fliers 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.

But 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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