US Airways Awards Lifetime Silver Status After 1 Million Flown Miles

Wandering Aramean and One Mile at a Time both take notice of US Airways introducing a million miler program to Dividend Miles. They’re the only major US carrier that didn’t have one (hey, even Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles does!).

Only flown miles on US Airways, and not on partner carriers, count towards status and one million miles nets you Silver. That makes US Airways the least rewarding million-miler program overall. United only counts flight miles on their own aircraft (including United Express, of course) but gives you mid-tier status. Delta only gives you lowest-tier status, but includes partners. American currently even includes non-flight activity, though that’s long been rumored to be on the chopping block. Fortunately I’ve crossed my 2 million mile threshold with American already!

Pretty much across the board the reaction is that this isn’t especially generous, but it is more than US Airways was offering before. And considering they’ve long been incredibly tight awarding lifetime status, this is actually pretty good. Remember that the folks onboard US Airways 1549 that crashed in the Hudson only got status for a year. So I suppose lifetime Silver for 1 million seat miles is a step in the right direction!

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  1. Do EQMs count (as they do towards Delta’s MM program), or just BIS? I’ve earned many US EQMs via credit card spending and might be within a shot if they count. If it’s just BIS, not even close.

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