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What Boston passengers should know about American Airlines-US Airways merger

How deal will
affect passengers

The merger of American Airlines and US Airways would create the world’s largest airline, and the second biggest airline at Logan International Airport. Here are a few things Boston passengers should know.

Are my tickets still good?

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Yes. It will take a year or two before American and US Airways start flying under one airline code, and until then they will operate as separate entities and passengers will continue to book flights on the airlines’ respective websites.

Are my frequent-flier miles safe?

Yes. In the short term, American’s AAdvantage and US Airways’ Dividend Miles programs will continue to operate as usual and all miles be honored. When the merger is approved and accounts are aligned, miles may become easier to acquire with the increased route options from a single carrier.

Will ticket prices rise?

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Hard to say. Some analysts predict little change, but one less airline jockeying for passengers also means less competition to keep fares low.

Will there be flight cutbacks?

Possibly, although they probably won’t be drastic given the fact that there are few overlapping routes and airlines have done a lot of belt tightening in the past few years. The carriers both fly to New York out of Boston, but US Airways flies to LaGuardia Airport and American to John F. Kennedy International.

Where will the combined carrier be located at Logan?

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Most likely in Terminal B, where American and US Airways currently operate.

SOURCES: The airlines, Massachusetts Port Authority, Rick Seaney of FareCompare.com.

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