A Q&A on how the American-US Airways merger will affect you

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What will happen to my frequent flier miles?

The airlines said they would merge the frequent flier programs, so any miles you have on US Airways would be added to your AAdvantage account. But based on other airline mergers, it could take a year or two for the companies to integrate their programs.

Will airfares go up?

Higher airfares are often the result of airline mergers, as competitors are taken out of the marketplace. However, American and US Airways have very little overlap on their route networks. So analysts believe any fare increases will be minimal.

Will there be layoffs?

It is unlikely that there will be significant layoffs for pilots, flight attendants and ground workers because American has already cut its workforce during bankruptcy. However, headquarters employees might be laid off as US Airways and American combine their corporate staffs in Fort Worth.

When will US Airways adopt the American name?

The merger is expected to close in the third quarter of 2013 and the new company will be called American Airlines Group. However, it will take several years for all the airplanes to be repainted and the airport operations transitioned to one brand.

How will flight schedules at DFW Airport be affected by the merger?

Analysts expect DFW to remain a primary hub airport for the new American Airlines. And more destinations and flights could be added as the carrier's bigger network funnels more passengers through to other destinations. US Airways was attracted to American's connections to lucrative international routes.

Will American move forward with the new brand and livery unveiled for its planes last month?

American's CEO Tom Horton said the company will keep the new livery and continue to paint new planes as they become available. But ultimately the decision will be made by the Doug Parker, who will become American's new chief executive, and the company's reformulated board of directors.

When will the merger take effect?

The merger must be approved by federal regulators and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. American's CEO Tom Horton told employees that the deal will take about six months to complete.

What will happen to my AAdvantage Citibank Visa card?

Nothing will happen initially. But, because the Citibank card has more members than US Airways' credit card provided through Barclays, it is likely that Citibank will remain the card issuer.

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