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Updated Feb 14, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Travel blogger: US Air frequent-flier miles are safe

PHOENIX -- Travel blogger Brian Kelly of flies abut 200,000 miles each year. He's not worried about his miles or anyone else's on US Airways.

"In the next year or so it will be business as usual," he said of the merger between US Airways and American Airlines.

"The American Advantage Program is much more lucrative than the US Airways program. American as a whole is much more focused on premium service than US Airways," he said.

Kelly is not of the doomsday belief that the merger will push airfares through the ceiling.

"... There's no conclusive evidence that we're in for an imminent fare hike," he said.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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