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Experts have been speculating on when American and US Airways are going to finally mash their loyalty programs together for some time. It’s an important milestone because elite status and reward miles will be determined by when the merger happens, and many business travelers want to make sure that their travel is appropriately planned.

Late last year, in the process of revealing the plans for their joint merger,  the programs announced that it would be at some point in 2015. Now, the wheels are in motion. According to The Points Guy, members of either loyalty program should now be able to log in and link each respective account to one another. That’s the extent of the sharing at this point, but it’s assumed that later in the year it will be possible to move miles over and see the joint status. Right after that, the loyalty programs will finally become one.

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Photo Credit: The tail sections of American Airlines (L) and US Airways aircraft are on the ramp at Dallas-Ft Worth International Airport February 14, 2013. Mike Stone / Reuters