What we’re reading: AA/US aligns flier benefits, DC-9’s final scheduled flight, frequent flier mileage runs


American Airlines and US Airways begin offering consistent travel experience for customers

On Monday, the American Airlines Group began to align customer benefits for those flying on US Airways and American Airlines.

“We’re kicking off the new year by bringing our customers the first phase of enhanced benefits, including the ability to earn and redeem miles when traveling across our stronger combined network,” said Scott Kirby, president – American Airlines.

End of an era: Delta’s DC-9 completes final scheduled flight

Delta flight 2014 landed at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson at 7:32 pm EST on Sunday, January 5, marking the end of an era.

The touchdown of flight 2014 marks the end of the DC-9′s 48-year career of scheduled commercial flight in the United States. Although saying farewell to the airplane is bittersweet for aviation enthusiasts, the final flight is a welcome step for Delta as they continue a trend of replacing older aircraft with newer, more efficient frames.

Poll finds majority of frequent flyers do mileage runs to maintain status

To some frequent fliers, gaining status with an airline mileage program or hotel program is a source of pride. It’s no surprise, then, that some frequent fliers who are just short of a certain number of miles or nights will do mileage runs or mattress runs to maintain status. Recently, Frequent Business Travel, in partnership with FlyerTalk, did a survey to find out just how many frequent flyers do this.

The survey’s results found that a majority of frequent flyers (60 percent) did in fact do a mileage run in 2013 to maintain status, while only a quarter (25.3 percent) said they did a mattress run. A subset of both groups, 16 percent, said that they did both mileage and mattress runs in 2013.