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The 70-a-day habit

British Airways’ frequent flyers have long benefited from its joint business with American Airlines. But following American’s merger with US Airways, there are even more flight options – and routes – between the UK and USA available to BA customers.

Bigger is getting better for transatlantic travellers now that British Airways’ joint business with American Airlines has been extended to include American’s merger partner, US Airways. Customers booking with BA can now choose from 70 direct flights a day between the UK and US.

US Airways brings 28 transatlantic routes into the joint business, of which 27 are new, and gives BA customers access to more than 50 additional destinations in North America. Between London and New York alone, there are now up to 17 flights each day, each way.

The joint arrangement, which started in 2010 and also includes Iberia and Finnair, enables customers to mix and match airlines and book, through one transaction, the best options for them to suit price and convenience. Timetables are coordinated to improve connections, and special help services provided for customers changing planes at seven hubs in the US, Heathrow and Madrid. It also enables the airlines to offer more attractive corporate programmes.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, says: “The inclusion of US Airways not only expands the network of our transatlantic family, it also broadens the appeal of our services to new and existing customers who will have even more flexibility, added convenience and improved rewards.”

US Airways has also just joined oneworld, alongside Brazil’s leading airline, TAM. TAM’s arrival consolidates oneworld’s leadership in Latin America and US Airways positions oneworld as the leading alliance in the US.