Gary is reporting tonight via Traveling Better that we are just 6 days away from a combined frequent flyer program at American Airlines. Apparently, March 28th is the target date, but like most things IT, that could change. Even if the date turns out to be a week or 2 later, I think it’s safe to say that major progress has been made. Depending on how it turns out when the switch is flipped, I’d call it impressive progress. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 3.28.01 PM

At the risk of being called a cheerleAAder, I’ve said that American is getting something right in this merger. We’ll see how the actual mileage program merger goes, but so far, so good. In the meantime, we’ll wait and see what happens. It is reasonable to expect a few nits in the process. As I’ve recommended before, I’d take a screen shot of my mileage balances with both AA and US right away, perhaps even take a daily shot if you have frequent account activity as the program merger is apparently imminent.

With a single operating certificate apparently days away as well, could we see a reservations system cutover shortly after the end of the summer travel rush? I’ve been speculating way too much around here lately. No matter the timing, there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes for sure. Here’s to hoping for the best.

-MJ, March 22, 2015