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Frequent Flyer Program News October 2005.

Bankruptcies complicate use of frequent-flier miles. It's fairly easy to accumulate frequent-flier miles, but travelers say it's harder than ever to redeem them for free trips, The New York Times' Joe Sharkey writes. Some bankrupt airlines are also dropping routes, making it difficult for travelers to secure award tickets, he writes. Oct 25, 2005

Airlines losing loyalty of frequent fliers. Travelers are losing faith in the quality of airline customer service and in frequent-flier programs, according to The New York Times' Joe Sharkey. Sharkey said it is harder for frequent fliers to secure upgrades and free tickets using their miles, so the motivation to fly a certain number of miles to achieve elite status has weakened. Oct 19, 2005

America West FlightFund

America West FlightFund members between October 4 and December 31, will earn 500 bonus miles for each US Airways or US Airways Express flight to destinations not served by America West or America West Express. And for every five qualifying cities visited under this offer, FlightFund members will earn an additional 5,000 miles. Bonus can be earned once for each eligible destination, with a maximum of 15,000 bonus miles awarded during the promotion period. Registration is required. See below for a complementary US Airways promotion that rewards Dividend Miles members with 500 bonus miles for America West flights on routes not served by US Air. Oct 10, 2005

America West FlightFund

In the aftermath of the America West-US Airways merger, which keeps the newly formed US Airways in the Star Alliance, the longstanding frequent flyer partnerships between America West and both British Airways and Northwest (which participate in the competing oneworld and SkyTeam alliances, respectively) will be terminated. FlightFund members can continue earning miles for British Air flights through December 31. Miles can be redeemed for awards booked on BA through February 15, 2006, with award travel completed by January 31, 2007. March 31, 2006 is the last day of reciprocal mileage earning and redemption on Northwest flights, and all award travel must be completed by March 31, 2007. More information is at Oct 10, 2005

American AAdvantage

AAdvantage members will earn double miles for travel on American Airlines' new nonstop flights between Los Angeles and San Antonio between Oct. 30, 2005 and Jan. 31, 2006. Registration is required is offering up to 15,000 bonus miles for roundtrip flights to Tokyo and Osaka through Dec. 15, AAdvantage members will earn 15,000 bonus miles for first/biz-class roundtrips to Tokyo, 7,500 miles for full-fare coach (fares booked in Y or B), and 5,000 bonus miles for select discounted coach (fares booked in K, H, L or M).And through Jan. 31, 2006, members will earn 15,000 bonus miles for first/biz roundtrips between Dallas/Fort Worth and Osaka, Japan, 7,500 bonus miles for roundtrips on selected coach fares (Y, B, M, H, K and W), and 5,000 bonus miles in discounted coach (fares booked in L, N and V). Bonuses may be earned an unlimited number of times. Registration is required. Oct 8, 2005

Amtrak Guest Rewards

Members of Amtrak's Guest Rewards program will earn double points through December 31, for Acela Express or Metroliner trips between any cities. Registration is required. Promotion Oct 10, 2005

Delta SkyMiles

SkyMiles members can earn between October 1 and November 31, up to 3,000 bonus miles for eight qualifying SkyMiles Dining dines of $25 or more. Dine twice to earn 500 bonus miles, four times to earn 1,000, six times to earn 2,000, and eight times to earn 3,000. Registration is required. Visit for more information or to register. Oct 10, 2005

Delta SkyMiles

Delta SkyMiles and SkyPoints American Express cardholders can earn double miles or points on eligible purchases made with the cards between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. There's a limit of 10,000 bonus miles or points per member, and miles and points which would be doubled anyway, under the Amex "Always Double Miles" feature, are exempt. To receive the bonuses, cardholders must register prior to making purchases. Delta's website at Oct 8, 2005

Hertz Exactly Rewards

Between October 1, 2005 and January 15, 2006, members may redeem their Awards Points toward a Free Weekend Day for 250 points - a 50 percent discount. Four Free Weekend Day Certificates can be combined for an extended Weekend getaway. Oct 10, 2005

Northwest WorldPerks

WorldPerks members can redeem 5,000 fewer miles between October 30 and December 14, for award travel to/from Las Vegas and the following cities: Indianapolis, Indiana; Des Moines, Iowa; Flint, Michigan; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Fargo, North Dakota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. A Saturday night stay is required, and blackout dates apply. With the discount, coach awards are 20,000 miles, first class awards are 40,000 miles. Discount Oct 10, 2005

United Mileage Plus

United forms new agreement for miles with Chase Bank. United Airlines could generate several billion dollars from a new agreement for frequent-flier miles with Chase Bank. The new agreement, which runs to 2012, will allow Chase to "make a substantial advance purchase of miles." The agreement will give United the funds necessary to finish a separate credit-card processing agreement with a unit of Chase. Oct 12, 2005

United Mileage Plus

Mileage Plus members will earn through December 31, a 1,000-mile bonus for every United or United Express roundtrip flight booked on Visit for details or make a booking. Oct 10, 2005

US Airways Dividend Miles

US Airways hires more agents to help elite fliers. Complaints from elite travelers spurred US Airways to hire 30 new reservation agents to serve frequent fliers. Some of the top passengers complained about getting more non-native English speakers on the phone. Oct 17, 2005

US Airways Dividend Miles

Bank of America sues US Airways over frequent-flier card. Bank of America has sued US Airways claiming the carrier breached a contract when it let another bank offer a credit card offering frequent-flier miles. Bank of America said it has the exclusive right to offer a US Airways frequent-flier card. US Airways did not comment on the lawsuit. Oct 13, 2005
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Date:Oct 31, 2005
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