One of my readers got upgraded on a US Airways flight from MSP-PHX this morning. He was on a discounted economy fare and an American Airlines Platinum (oneworld Sapphire) member. When he got to the gate, he was pleasantly handed a new boarding pass with a First Class ticket. He has no status with US Airways whatsoever.
I’m not sure what the load on the plane was, but it must not have been elite heavy. Perhaps empty seats were going out in First and they decided to upgrade American elites after clearing all the US elites.
This could be good news for American Airlines elites flying on US Airways until reciprocal upgrades officially come into effect.
He also sent me a picture of his breakfast entrée in the First Class cabin. His meal selection was a tomato and cheese omelet with sausage and potatoes.
He normally flies this route and said it’s usually a snack basket. When he questioned the flight attendant, he said that it’s new. In addition, there was also a French toast option during meal service. That’s definitely surprising that US Airways offers two hot choices while American offers one cold and one hot entrée during breakfast flights.
Could this be the beginning of improvement to US Airways in terms of elite status upgrades and meal service alignment with American Airlines?