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CheapMom
05-13-2005, 03:27 PM
If this USAir and AW merge happens will my USAir tix for next October be honored? I went to flyertalk but am now only more confused.

Horace Horsecollar
05-13-2005, 03:56 PM
If this USAir and AW merge happens will my USAir tix for next October be honored? I went to flyertalk but am now only more confused.
When two airlines combine through a merger or acquisition, the tickets of both airlines continue to be honored. Generally, the only difference would be that some passengers end up on an aircraft with a different logo on the tail. Schedules may also be adjusted on routes where the two airlines feed passengers to each other.

If the combined airline drops a route, then they'll make alternate arrangements, such as a different routing or even a different airline. If the resulting change causes a substantial change in flight arrival time or total flight time (for a connection), they should offer you a refund, even for a nonrefundable ticket. But keep in mind that schedule and route map changes can occur on any airline, especially if you've booked far in advance.

The airline industry has a long history of mergers and aquisitions. For example, do you remeber Western Airlines, Ozark Airlines, Republic Airlines, PSA, AirCal, Reno Air, TWA? They didn't fold. They were absorbed by stronger carriers.

In this case the financially stronger airline, America West, would acquire US Airways, which is currently operating under Chapter 11. But America West isn't rich enough to bail US Airways out of their financial situation, so the combined airline would still need to seek outside equity.

I wouldn't worry about any tickets on US Airways or America West.

DebbieB
05-13-2005, 11:02 PM
From what I heard on the news here in Pittsburgh, the merged airline would operate under USAirways' name. Either way, tickets would be honored.

CheapMom
05-14-2005, 09:52 AM
hoorah!

safetymom
05-14-2005, 12:39 PM
If the merger goes through it will operate under the USAirways name. I wouldn't worry about your tickets.