Frequent Flyer Program News May 2005.

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Following Hyatt's purchase of the AmeriSuites chain, stays at participating AmeriSuites hotels now earn credit in the Hyatt Gold Passport program. To promote the new tie-up, travelers who join Gold Passport by July 31 will earn a 1,000-point bonus for their first AmeriSuites stay within three months of enrollment. Existing members who register and stay at an AmeriSuites hotel by July 31 will also earn the bonus. Promotion details are at May 12, 2005

The frequent stay program for customers of Baymont, Woodfield Suites and Budgetel hotels, Guest Ovations, has been merged with La Quinta's program, Returns. In addition to hotel stays, gift certificates and airline miles, the resulting program, Returns, features free stays at the more luxurious Wyndham hotel chain, which does not participate in the program's earning side. The new Returns Web site is at May 12, 2005

Air France Frequence Plus, Flying Blue

Beginning in June, the Air France Frequence Plus and KLM Flying Dutchman programs will be merged into a single program, called Flying Blue. Current members of the two programs will automatically become members of the new program and their miles will be transferred with no change in value. For more on the two programs, visit Air France or KLM May 12, 2005

Alaska Mileage Plan

Alaska Airlines is offering Mileage Plan members a 7,000-mile discount on 20,000-mile Coach Saver awards for Alaska flights between Las Vegas, Phoenix or San Diego and Canada. This offer is valid for travel between April 19 and June 9. Details are on Alaska's Web site at May 12, 2005

American AAdvantage

American's newly launched redeemAAmiles program allows AAdvantage members to redeem their miles online for hotel stays, points in leading hotel programs, and Diners Club Rewards points. AAdvantage members will be charged a $25 transaction fee for each redemption. For more information, or to redeem AAdvantage miles, visit May 12, 2005

American AAdvantage

AAdvantage members can earn between 1,500 and 12,500 miles for purchasing a Sealy Posturepedic mattress and box springs from HBIDirect. Miles are awarded according to the model and size of bedding. Shipping is free. See or call...

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