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...

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