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ALAMO

Alamo is currently offering bonus mile deals with America West, American, and Southwest. You can earn up to double miles plus additional perks, such as discounted rates and free ski racks, with these special offers.

Alamo and National car rental brands owner Vanguard Car Rental USA has announced that it has enhanced National Car Rental's Emerald Club Program. While maintaining its standard fast rental procedures, the new club will offer renters a paperless transaction that lets them bypass the counter and choose their own car on the lot. Members will also be able to earn free rental days and, for higher-level members, guaranteed car upgrades. A new Web site, www.emeraldclub.com, has been created to help track and redeem rental credits and update member profiles.

AMERICA WEST

To promote its aggressively discounted first-class fares, America West is offering FlightFund members silver-elite status after three first- class roundtrips and gold status after six round trips. Qualifying tickets must be purchased between March 4 and June 30, and travel must be completed by September 6. Registration is required. For details, see http://americawest.com/flightfund/promotions/form.asp?promocode=FC04.

Through May 31 2004, FlightFund members will earn a 50-percent mileage bonus when borrowing from Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company. That's 500 miles in addition to the standard 1,000 FlightFund miles per $10,000 in principal amount borrowed. Apply at by calling 1-888-906-4537.

America West has announced changes to mileage requirements for award tickets, as well as elite bonuses and other perks. While the airline touts its cheap awards, many people will find that award seats just got more expensive.

America West FlightFund members can now reserve award tickets online for flights within the continental U.S. Effective January 1, 2004, America West FlightFund elite members will receive fewer elite bonus miles. Under the new scheme, members receive 100% / 50% / 25% mileage bonuses for Platinum/Gold/Silver elites, respectively, versus the previous 125% / 100% / 50% bonus rate. Plus, Platinum Reduced Top Value Award redemptions will be discontinued. Details are at http://americawest.com/flightfund/aboutprogram/ff_ffelitechanges.htm.

New Partners for 2004:

Capital One Auto Finance: Earn 5,000 miles when you fund a vehicle loan through Capital One Auto Finance.

AMERICAN AIRLINES

American is doubling its AAdvantage miles on flights from New York Kennedy to San Francisco and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The offer is good for San Juan from now through May 31, and for San Francisco between April 16 and May 31 2004. Travelers must register prior to travel at www.aa.com/offers and enter the promotion code for San Juan or San Francisco, or by calling the AAdvantage dial-in system at 800-882-8880.

Between April 4 and June 30 2004, AAdvantage members will earn bonus miles for roundtrip flights on AA's new service between Los Angeles and Tokyo. Earn 15,000 bonus miles for first or business class and 7,500 bonus miles for higher-priced economy fares, excluding fares beginning with G, O, Q, L, N, S. Register prior to travel using promotion code LATYO.

AAdvantage members will earn as many as 6,000 miles for stays at Starwood hotels (Westin, Sheraton, Four Points, St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels) in the United States and Canada through June 30. Only Sunday through Thursday arrivals are eligible. Earn 1,000 miles for the first stay, 2,000 miles for the second stay, and 3,000 miles plus two 50 percent-discount leisure stay certificates for the third stay. Registration is required. Visit https://www.lg0.net/starwood/TPM/AA_EM.cfm?

American has increased the rate at which selected fares will generate points which count toward AAdvantage elite status.

Point accrual rates for the highest- and lowest-priced fares remain the same. But those purchasing tickets in the two higher coach tiers earn an extra .5 points per mile. And the bonus for business-class tickets was increased .25 points per mile.

Fare Purchased Points Per Mile 2004 2003 First Class 1.50 1.50 Business Class 1.50 1.25 Full-fare Coach (Y, B fares) 1.50 1.00 Discount Coach (H, K, M, Q, except AA transatlantic fares booked in Q, W, V) 1.00 0.50 Deep Discount Coach (G, L, N, S fares) 0.50 0.50 The new rates will apply retroactively to 2003 travel for 2004 elite status. See http://www.aa.com/content/urls/elitepoints.jhtml for more.

New Partners for 2004:

Gift Sense: Earn 10 miles per dollar spent. Be sure to provide code 8933 in order to earn miles.

Samsonite: Earn 500 miles when you spend $100 or more on Samsonite and American Tourister Luggage. To receive miles, you must mention promotion code 7239.

wine.com: Earn three miles per dollar spent at wine.com. In addition, you'll also earn 500 miles for signing up for a monthly wine club and 1,000 miles for a 12-month club.

ATA's Travel Awards

ATA's Travel Awards is one of the lesser-known programs in the frequent flier world, but with a new promotion that will let you earn a free ticket to Hawaii after just five round-trips, you might want to start paying attention. If you prefer to book online and fly often to ATA's destinations in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, you should consider this frequent flier program as an additional way to earn free travel. ATA's program is based on the number of flights you take, rather than miles flown. Each one-way trip earns 500 points; therefore, a round-trip flight is equivalent to 1,000 points. To earn...

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