Judge: US Airways Shortchanged on Frequent Flier Miles
Though many expect US Airways’ (NYSE:LCC) frequent flier miles to lose value should the airline’s proposed merger go through, a judge’s ruling may add a great many more miles to travelers’ stockpiles. US Airways lawyers’ request to have a lawsuit from Dividend Miles program members thrown out has been denied by a Chicago judge, Bloomberg reports.
The ruling comes amid an ongoing controversy surrounding the airline’s attempt to merge with American Airlines (AAMRQ.PK), which has been held up by another lawsuit originating from the U.S. Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder. Earlier in the week, Reuters reported that officials in at least three states where the airlines operate hubs have petitioned for the U.S. attorneys to withdraw their antitrust suit.
The government contends that the merged airlines would drive up the cost of airfare for travelers. Many industry insiders believe the merger would take a bite out of US Airways customers’ frequent flier miles as well. Brian Kelly, aka “The Points Guy,” told CBS News of Philadelphia that the value of US Airways miles will plummet once the company joins AA, as the latter airline’s program delivers far less per mile. This lawsuit may add significantly to Dividend Miles holdings.