ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 16, 2002 - US Airways and United Airlines begin the next phase of their marketing partnership with code-share flights available for travel beginning Jan. 7, 2003.
Flights on United with the “US*” ticket designator became available for booking in the computer reservation systems Sunday and flights on US Airways with the “UA*” ticket designator will appear beginning tomorrow. More code-share flights will be introduced in January and beyond.
Through code sharing - the use of one airline’s two-letter designator on flights operated by the other airline - US Airways customers will be able to travel to 10 cities in the western United States initially, including five cities currently not served by US Airways. United Airlines customers will have access to 14 additional cities in the East and Southeast.
US Airways will expand its schedules initially by code sharing with United Airlines to add 88 daily flights in the following new markets: Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; San Jose, Calif.; and Sacramento, all connecting via United’s Chicago O’Hare hub. In addition, US Airways’ customers will be able to fly using a code-share ticket with United to Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and Orange County, Calif., via Chicago, complementing US Airways’ existing service to these cities through its hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
United will add 104 daily flights through this code-share introduction. United will provide its customers access to more destinations via US Airways flights to Columbus, Ohio; Hartford, Conn.; Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport; Indianapolis; Miami; Providence, R.I.; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; and San Juan and St. Thomas in the Caribbean, all through Charlotte. Service in these markets will complement United’s existing flights from its hubs in Denver, Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare.
Other benefits of the US Airways/United Airlines code-share agreement, which already have begun, include the following:
- United Mileage Plus members can accrue miles on paid, qualifying published fares on all US Airways, US Airways Express® and US Airways Shuttle® flights worldwide. US Airways Dividend Miles members can accrue miles on paid, qualifying published United and United Express® flights worldwide. Customers in each loyalty program earn 100 percent of the miles flown, with a minimum of 500 miles per flight earned. Miles for each trip can only be credited into one frequent flier program.
- US Airways and United introduced interline electronic ticketing, allowing customers the use of a single electronic ticket when their itineraries include travel on both carriers, providing a simpler and more convenient travel experience. Interline electronic tickets can be issued by both US Airways and United through their respective reservations centers, airports and ticket offices, and through travel agencies operating the Sabre, Apollo or Galileo reservations systems. Passengers who need reaccomodation can present a picture ID at each other’s ticket counter and be rebooked.
- Members of both the US Airways Club‰ and United Red Carpet Club‰ are welcome to use any of the 70 facilities in 17 countries worldwide offered by the two airlines. A member need only show a same-day ticket of the host airline to take advantage of that airline’s Club facilities. This requirement is consistent with United’s agreement with its Star alliance partners for reciprocal lounge access.
Customers should check their travel documents to determine the operating carrier and terminal for their flight when traveling on itineraries utilizing both US Airways and United. They will be provided boarding passes upon check-in for each part of their journey when checking in with either airline. For questions on policies and procedures, customers should check with the originating carrier.
US Airways, the US Airways Express carriers and US Airways Shuttle offer service to 203 destinations worldwide. United operates more than 1,700 daily flights on a route network that spans the globe.
For more information on US Airways’ flight schedules and fares, contact US Airways online at usairways.com, or contact US Airways reservations at 1-800-428-4322. Information on United’s flight schedules and fares is available online at united.com, or by calling United’s Reservations at 1-800-UNITED1.