Frequent Flyer Program News November 2005.


Last-minute trips help elite fliers keep their status. Many frequent fliers plan last-minute trips to boost the number of miles in their accounts before the end of the year so they can keep their elite status, the New York Times' Joe Sharkey writes. In their new book "Mileage Pro: The Insider's Guide to Frequent Flyer Programs," frequent flier experts Randy Petersen and Tim Winship say travelers make these so-called mileage runs with complete disregard for the destination. Nov 29, 2005

American Airlines

Airlines add perks at airport clubs to retain top fliers. Airlines are adding amenities to their airport clubs in an effort to hold on to their top customers. American Airlines' new club at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport offers features such as pulsating shower heads in the bathroom and a cyber cafe. The clubs create customer loyalty and are among the advantages legacy airlines have over discount airlines. Nov 10, 2005

American Airlines, OneWorld Alliance

American counts on foreign alliances for future growth: American Airlines Chief Executive Gerard Arpey said alliances with foreign carriers are critical to the future of the airline. American is part of the oneworld alliance. This fall, Japan Airlines will join the group. Arpey said the carrier's presence across Asia will fill a gap in the alliance. Nov 3, 2005

American Express Membership Rewards

Members of the American Express Membership Rewards program may now earn points when taking advantage of mortgage, real estate, van line and home warranty services. Points can be earned for mortgages from CitiMortgage, Chase Home Finance, Washington Mutual Home Loans, and Wachovia Corporate Mortgage Services, and when using participating local real estate agents, moving services, etc. Members earn 1,300 bonus points for each $10,000 financed or refinanced on a home or business, or home equity loans; 2,500 bonus points for each $10,000 of a home purchase and/or sale price through a participating local real estate agent; etc. for more. Nov 10, 2005

American Express Membership Rewards

American Express cardholders in 38 states can now sign up for Air Miles Protection, an insurance policy for frequent flyer miles. (Among the states not yet included: New York, California and Georgia. Amex is waiting for approval to offer the policies in those and other states.) For $5.40 per month, members can protect up to 60,000 miles in the...

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