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Dick Nicklas
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Anyone who knows how TWA retirees go about getting passes on USAIR under the new rules, I would appreciate a vector or guidance as to where to find the printed rules.

Thanks in advance,

Dick

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From Jetnet...

Reciprocal travel on US Airways QAs


How does the interim travel program affect flying on American's flights by American's people?
The interim travel program does not change the current American or US Airways travel programs for their respective people.

Why are we implementing an Interim Reciprocal Travel Program?
We know travel is an important privilege that you value. Like much of the integration process, developing the employee travel program for the new American will take time and effort. One of our goals is to quickly allow employees to take advantage of a broader network while not creating complicated processes for our airport colleagues.

What happens after the merger is approved?
Upon the closing of the merger, we plan to thoroughly evaluate both travel programs and seek feedback from our people as we develop the new program.

What will be included in the long-term travel program?
The details of the long-term travel program have yet to be determined. As part of the integration process after the merger closes, features of each carrier's programs will eventually have to be harmonized. Both carriers agree that, in any case, we should not make changes that treat one carrier's people less favorably than the other's.

When does the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program begin?
The Interim Reciprocal Travel Program begins March 1, 2013.

Can American's people travel on US Airways prior to March 1, 2013?
You are free to travel on US Airways prior to March 1, 2013, using the terms and conditions of today's ZED agreement.

Who is eligible for the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program?
American's people, including active employees and retirees, will have unlimited space available travel for themselves, their spouse/company recognized domestic partner and their dependent children when flying Coach (Y). Registered companions will also be eligible for four tickets per year as part of the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program.

Are TWA retirees eligible for the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program?
Yes. The TWA retirees are eligible for the interim travel program.

How does the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program affect American's current boarding process, which gives boarding priority based on time of check-in?
During the interim agreement, US Airways employees traveling on American will board after American's, American Eagle's and Executive Airlines' people.

What will be the boarding process on US Airways flights?
When traveling on US Airways flights, your boarding priority will be after US Airways' employees, retirees and dependents, but ahead of other companies/airlines.

How do the new fares compare to traditional ZED fares?
The new fares included in the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program are an average of 70 percent less than the current adult zonal fares in place between American and US Airways.

Will parents of American's people be able to travel on US Airways?
Parents will continue to have access to one ticket per year when traveling on US Airways, as they do today. However, the new fares will apply for parents once the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program begins.

Will registered companions of American's people be able to travel on US Airways?
Unlike traditional interline agreements, registered companions of American's people will have access to four tickets per year to fly on US Airways and its regional affiliates. Extended family and friends (D3) are not eligible for the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program.

Why aren't First (F) and Business (J) class travel included in the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program?
Including F and J class travel at this time would create complexity at airports and in back-office processes, and wouldn't allow us to quickly and efficiently implement the program.

Are premium cabin upgrades included in the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program?
No. Premium cabin upgrades are not included because doing so would create too many complexities for ticketing, refunding and airport processing.

Are buddy or guest passes included in the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program?
No. Buddy or guest passes are not included in the interim travel agreement due to system complexities.

Is personal travel on flights operated by non-wholly owned regional affiliates, such as American's Chautauqua, SkyWest and ExpressJet, included in the interim program?
The interim program includes flights operated by American and US Airways and their wholly-owned and non-owned regional affiliates operating as US Airways Express.

How will listing and ticketing work for American's people traveling on US Airways?
Ticketing and flight listing procedures will be as they exist today.

Does the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program include business travel?
Yes. People at American, American Eagle and Executive Airlines will be eligible for positive space company business travel on US Airways and US Airways Express flights for business travel.

Can business travel on US Airways by American's people be upgraded?
As part of the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program, business travelers may be upgraded to a premium cabin on a space-available basis. Travel will be non-removable, positive space.

What is the booking process for American's people traveling on US Airways for business?
The Interline Travel department will continue to facilitate business travel requests as they do today. You may request a pass using the OAL Business Travel Form available on Jetnet. Business travel will be booked no earlier than 20 days prior to departure and no later than 24 hours prior to a flight's departure. Please be sure to request a pass well in advance of the 24 hour deadline so that Interline can accommodate your request.

What will be the employee bag fee policy once the merger is complete?
It is too soon to say what the long-term program will be, as we have a lot of work ahead of us to combine the programs. For now, our current employee travel program continues unchanged.

Do we have more details yet on the specific ZED fairs on US Air in terms of the difference between adult and child costs?
There will be no difference between the fare applied to adult vs. child between US Airways & American, just like there is no difference between the D2 Adult and D2 Child service charges. The zonal fares (not ZED) shown in the travel document apply to adults and children.

Can Registered companions use the four tickets traveling alone or must they be accompanied by the employee?
Registered companions need not be accompanied by the employee.

Are there plans to show availability of US flights on the non-rev trip planner?
You may view US Airways flight schedules in NRTP by selecting All Airlines in the Plan-A-Trip page. The hover feature showing Non-Rev Count Details will not be available for use with US schedules. American's people will be able to view some availability information using a new tool that will be announced soon.

How will boarding be determined on non-rev flights after the merger is complete?
It's too soon to know right now. Boarding priority is one of the many components that will be addressed in our long-term travel program.

Will we be sent direction on how to set up the US Airways ZEDs when the program goes into effect?
The ticketing process will be the same in that American will be responsible for issuing tickets to American employees, and US Airways will be responsible for issuing tickets to US Airways employees. However, the ticketing process will be automated. More information on that process will be made available soon.

Does the Interim Reciprocal Travel Policy change the jumpseat agreement between US Airways and American? Does an American pilot listed as a jumpseat on US Airways who is accommodated in the cabin have to pay for a zonal fare?
There are no changes to the jumpseat agreement between US Airways and American.

How will American's employees list on US Airways flights after March 1?
Flight listing procedures will be as they exist today. For travel on US Airways, contact US Airways Employee Travel Line (ETL) at 1-800-325-9999 from the US or Canada or the local US Airways Reservation number from outside the US or Canada at least 48 hours in advance of an international flight, 12 hours in advance for domestic flights. Please be prepared with the all passenger details including full legal name, date of birth, gender, and/or redress number or known traveler number as well as the e-ticket number provided by American for all passengers. Please also advise the reservations representative that your boarding priority is "SA5."

What is the difference between zonal fares and zones?
The mileage bands/zones for the American/US Airways Interim Reciprocal Travel Program are the same mileage bands/zones used for ZED, however, limited to the first eight zones only (seven for travel on US Airways as US Airways does not operate a non-stop greater than 6,100 miles). The fare amounts are not ZED but unique bilaterally agreed amounts. See below for example routes for each zone.

Zone Distance in Miles Interim Service Charge Sample US Market
1 1 - 450 $5 PHX - LAX
2 451 - 750 $5 ORD - PHL
3 751 - 1600 $8 PHL - MIA
4 1601 - 3200 $15 PHX - ANC
5 3201 - 4080 $35 PHL - LHR
6 4081 - 5000 $35 FCO - PHL
7 5001 - 6100 $35 PHL - TLV
8 6101 - 7100 $50 -


What is the travel priority for American's people traveling on US Airways?
The travel priority for AA on US will be SA5.

Can I use American's NRTP to flight list and check in for US Airways flights for travel beginning on March 1?
US Airways flights appear in NRTP today, and the user must select "All" from the "Airline" drop down menu on the "Find a Flight" screen to view flights operated by US and other airlines. US Airways will continue to appear just like all other airlines in NRTP until a later date, likely after the merger closes, when we are able to add more information on US Airways flights.

In addition to purchasing their electronic ZED or other reduced rate tickets, employees will be able to view flight schedules and availability indicators for all airlines, or a specific airline, in a given market using the myIDTravel tool. For more information on the tool, visit the myIDTravel document.

What is the travel priority for US Airways' people traveling on American?
The new priority code for personal travel by our US Airways colleagues is US. This priority will fall ahead of all Other Airline employees on personal travel, and after American, American Eagle and Executive Airlines employees and TWA retirees.

My registered companion is a US Airways employee and that person is also my registered companion on American. Will that arrangement end? If so, when?
There are no changes to American's travel program at this time, and US Airways continues to run its own travel program. This will continue at least until the transaction closes, and likely will continue for some time after closing. So, both programs remain "as is" for now, and it is too soon to say when things will change.

What is the dress code for American's people traveling on US Airways?
US dress code can be found at www.flyzed.info/us.

For travel on US Airways, will American employees be boarded by seniority or check-in time after following US Airways employees?
American employees will be boarded by check-in time after US employees.

What is the bag fee policy for American's employees traveling on US Airways using the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program?
American employees traveling on US are permitted one free checked bag per person.

Can employees with less than six months of employment with American participate in the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program?
As is the case with all of our interline travel agreements, employees must have completed six months of continuous service with AA (or US) to be eligible for interline travel.

Will we pay for the non-rev fee upfront when we're traveling using the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program?
Tickets will be issued by American for travel on US just like any of other of our interline travel agreements, however, thefares will be lower than routine ZED fares. The price of the ticket (fare, taxes, fees) will be paid at the time of ticketing.

Will an American employee traveling on US Airways pay a ZED fare to fly coach?
The fare agreed to between AA and US is not a ZED fare but a zonal fare similar to ZED. ZED has three fare levels: Low, Medium, and High. The fares agreed for the interim travel program are lower than ZED Low.

Are the four interim allotment tickets in addition to our annual American pass bank?
Yes, the four allotment tickets on US are in addition to the AA Pass Bank.

What about Employee Discounted Fares? (AA20)
The interim travel program does not change the current AA20 privilege. You will continue to have access to unlimited AA20 tickets for travel on AA/American Eagle for you and your eligible travelers just as you do today.

Are there any plans to review the policy regarding NRSA charges for employees who are with the company less than 5 years?
It is too soon to say what the long-term travel program will be, as we have a lot of work ahead of us to combine the programs once the merger closes. For now, our current travel program continues unchanged, which includes NRSA charges.

Are employees previously-separated from the company eligible to Travel on US Airways as part of the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program?
Employees who took a separation package (Voluntary Early Out, Stand in Stead, etc.) are not eligible for travel on US Airways. Travel privileges for separated employees are valid on any of the carriers in the AMR Network which presently includes American/American Eagle, and SkyWest or ExpressJet flights marketed as American Eagle, and Chautauqua flights marketed as American Connection.

Does the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program apply to former American Airlines employees (not retirees) that are also Sabre retirees?
Former American employees who are also Sabre retirees are not eligible for travel on US Airways or travel privileges on any other airline. Travel privileges for these employees are valid on any of the carriers in the AMR Network which presently includes American/American Eagle, and SkyWest or ExpressJet flights marketed as American Eagle, and Chautauqua flights marketed as American Connection.

How will US Airways' current policies on non-rev first class travel be incorporated into our new travel program once we merge?
As we work through the merger integration process, we'll have opportunities to thoroughly compare both companies' travel policies and will seek feedback as we develop the new program. For now, our non-rev program remains unchanged, including reduced 5-year and 25-year service charges.

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Dick Nicklas
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Paul,

I had also read what you posted from JETNET however it does not seem to answer the question I asked i.e., "go about getting passes on USAIR".

Do we take our AA picture ID and go to the AA counter to get the pass on USAIR or do we go to the USAIR counter with the ID to get the pass?

USAIR still allows non-revs to list by phone (800-325-9999) and I wish AA would adopt that policy, however, after waiting 30 minutes at AA-Tel-AA-Flight, the rep was not able to tell me the procedure to follow.

Looks like I might have to drive to the airport to find out and I will post the answer here.

It's an increasingly complicated world we live in,

Nick

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Well, I finally got thru to Tel-AA-Flight and it was explained to me that, at least for TWRs, the tickets we get on USAIR are cheaper but they are still ZEDs as Paul said in his msg.

(How do the new fares compare to traditional ZED fares?
The new fares included in the Interim Reciprocal Travel Program are an average of 70 percent less than the current adult zonal fares in place between American and US Airways.)

As an example, one way RSW-PWM connect thru DCA is $29.74 ($13.80 is tax). Last time I flew ZED on JETBLUE RSW-JFK-PWM it was about $70 and frankly I feel the service on JETBLUE is well worth the extra $40.

So for TWRs at least there is no just walking up to the ticket counter at USAIR, you must go to MYIDTRAVEL.COM and jump thru the hoops. No idea about AA retirees, might be simpler.

Nick

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