From 31 March 2014 onwards, TAM Airlines and US Airways will no longer be members of Star Alliance – this means changes for KrisFlyer and Enrich Members. This is as a result of the mergers of LAN and TAM, American Airlines and US Airways – in the case of both they opted to join the Oneworld Alliance. Fundamentally this will be good for members of Malaysia Airlines Enrich programme and not s good for KrisFlyer members as they will have fewer options to earn and redeem.
Earning and Redeeming on TAM Airlines and US Airways for KrisFlyer members
As TAM and US Airways are leaving Star Alliance it means that KrisFlyer members will no longer be able to earn and redeem KrisFlyer Miles with them. It’s not quite instantaneous though, although you won’t be able to get the usual Star Alliance Gold and Silver benefits or redemptions for flight upgrades you will still be able to redeem and earn until July 31st for both airlines.
Importantly if you are booking a US Airways flight redemption you should be able to book for flight up until the 27th July 2015 according to the KrisFlyer website. Here is the summary:
|Accrual of KrisFlyer miles||Allowed till 31 July 2014||Allowed till 31 July 20141|
|Redemption for award flights2||Allowed till 31 July 2014||Allowed till 31 July 20143|
|Redemption for flight upgrades||Not available from31 March 2014 onwards||Not available from31 March 2014 onwards|
|Recognition of Star Alliance Gold and Silver benefits(including lounge access)||Not available from31 March 2014 onwards||Not available from31 March 2014 onwards|
1PPS Club and KrisFlyer members can continue to submit retroactive mileage claims for US Airways-operated flights until 31 January 2015.
2There will be no change in redemption levels. Please refer to Star Alliance Award Chart for redemption on TAM Airlines and US Airways-operated flights.
3Redemption bookings confirmed before 1 August 2014 for travel on/after 1 August 2014 will be honoured or re-accommodated by US Airways for a period of 360 days.
Of course KrisFlyer members can still earn with the current Star Alliance members or click here to find other partner airlines:
Earning and Redeeming on TAM Airlines and US Airways for Enrich members
The other side of this is that Malaysia Airlines Enrich members will soon be able to earn and redeem with TAM Airlines and US Airways from the 31st of March opening up additions routes and destinations in North and South America. I’ll post on this as soon as the Miles charts are available.