Since US Airways joined the oneworld Alliance on March 31, I think they have the most valuable miles of any airline. The three main reasons:
- The world’s cheapest award chart. See a comparison with AA, Delta, and United.
- The laxest routing rules of any major airline because only agents–not computers–need to validate your routing.
- The most diverse partners.
For partners, US Airways has the rest of the oneworld alliance, plus it maintained several Star Alliance partners, and it even has a few other bilateral partnerships.
If you want to use your Dividend Miles to book an award, you must book it on usairways.com or by calling US Airways at 800-622-1015. Only American Airlines and US Airways award space is bookable online, so you’ll mostly call US Airways to book awards. (Luckily there is no phone fee for awards that can’t be booked online.)
It’s very helpful to search for award space before calling US Airways agents because they aren’t very good at it. You want to have all your flights picked out to read off to the agent to ticket the award.
So where do you search for award space for each of the 26 airlines bookable with US Airways miles?
I’ll recommend searching for all 26 of the airlines’ award space on one of four websites. Click the link for an article on how to search those sites:
I don’t recommend searching usairways.com even for US Airways award space because aa.com is just a lot easier to use.
When you search on the sites I recommend, US Airways should have access to all Saver award space released by that airline.
Search these on aa.com before calling US Airways to book:
- British Airways
- US Airways
Search these on ba.com before calling US Airways to book:
- Cathay Pacific
- Japan Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Jordanian
- S7 Airlines
- TAM Airlines
Former Star Alliance Partners
Search these on united.com before calling US Airways to book:
- Aegean Airlines
- Air China
- Air New Zealand
- EVA Air
- South African Airways
- TAP Portugal
- Turkish Airlines
Search this on aeroplan.com before calling US Airways to book:
- Shenzhen Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
Search this on aa.com before calling US Airways to book:
- Hawaiian Airlines
Search this by calling a US Airways agent:
- Jet Airways
That’s how I’d search all 26 carriers. Do you prefer to search for space on one a different way? Do you have a question about why I prefer to search one that way? Leave it in the comments.