The pilots have been onboard for quite some time, and now it sounds like the suits are finally accepting that that this might just be the best way to move forward. The announcement could be made as soon as next week, as the combined carrier would be the world’s largest—at least when you look at revenue.
Don’t stress if you have huge stockpiles of frequent flyer miles, as those won’t be going away anytime soon. In all likelihood things will just be merged, and you’ll have more destinations from which to choose. Sure things could change for the worse—or even the better—but for now it’s just going to be a waiting game to see what shakes out. Even if a merger is announced next week, we’d expect at least a year before we really see the changes start to kick in.