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The newest version of MileTracker software keeps tabs on 96 programs, consolidating frequent-travel program account information into a single easy-to-monitor interface. MileTracker is offered in conjunction with USA Today and is now independent of DeskPort. It's a free download at Oct 28, 2004

Air Canada Aeroplan

Aeroplan members can now earn 250 miles per eligible stay at Choice hotel properties in Canada, the United States and Caribbean, including Comfort, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion and MainStay Suites. Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn hotels stays earn 250 miles in Canada, 150 miles in the United States and the Caribbean. Details are at Oct 28, 2004

Air France Frequence Plus

Members of Air France's Frequence Plus program will earn 4,040 bonus miles for every Washington, D.C.-Paris flight between October 15 and December 15 2004. Offer is valid for U.S.-resident Frequence Plus members only. For program and promotion details, visit Oct 28, 2004

AirTran A Plus Rewards

Members of AirTran's A Plus Rewards program will receive double credit for AirTran flights booked online at and flown between October 1, 2004 and January 31, 2005. See Oct 28, 2004

AirTran A-Plus Rewards

AirTran's A-Plus Rewards program will earn a 50 percent bonus through May 31, 2005 when using an American Express card to purchase a full-fare coach ticket (Y, B or M fares), and a 67 percent bonus when purchasing a biz-class ticket. Visit for full details Sep 14, 2004

Alaska and Delta began reciprocal frequent-flier program participation on November 1 2004. To promote the tie-up, Alaska Mileage Plan members will receive double miles when flying Alaska, Horizon or Delta through December 15 2004. And SkyMiles members will receive double miles when they travel on any Alaska-coded, Alaska or Horizon flights during the same period. Registration is required to earn the double miles. Dec 16, 2004

Alaska Mileage Plan members may now book discounted coach Saver awards for travel on Alaska or Horizon Air from January 10 through March 15, 2005, between San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, or Long Beach and cities in Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The discount is 7,000 miles, reducing the actual award price from the normal 20,000 to 13,000 miles. In addition to the standard Saver award blackout dates, the 7,000-mile discount is not available on February 17- 21, 26-27, 2005. Award bookings must be made online at to qualify for the discount. Details are at Dec 16, 2004

America West FlightFund

Through December 31, America West FlightFund members will earn 500 bonus miles the first time they check in online at the America West Web site. Travelers can check in online between 24 hours and 90 minutes before the scheduled flight time, and may also arrange upgrades and change seat assignments. Details are at Dec 16, 2004

Effective immediately, America West FlightFund members can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles for making new investment deposits with Ameritrade. Miles are awarded in the following increments: 25,000 miles for a $50,000 deposit; 8,000 miles for a $5,000 deposit; 3,000 miles for a $1,000 deposit. For more information, visit Dec 16, 2004

Members of America West's FlightFund program may now earn miles for banking services at online-only NetBank, including online checking, money-market accounts, direct deposit and online bill payment. Members earn 2,500 miles for opening and funding a NetValue or SuperValue checking account, 2,500 miles for opening and funding a money-market account, 1,500 miles for initiating direct deposit with NetBank, and 500 miles for enrolling in and using NetBank's online bill payment service. America West FlightFund members will earn double miles when flying Virgin Atlantic systemwide on eligible fares Through November 30 2004. See for details Sep 14, 2004

American AAdvantage

Through December 31 2004, AAdvantage members will earn double miles for purchases at the AAdvantage eShopping mall charged to a MasterCard. And MasterCard purchases with 25 featured merchants award even more bonus miles: 2,500 miles for $250 spent, 5,000 miles for $500 spent, or 10,000 miles for $1,000 spent. The featured merchants are,, Banana, Barnes &, blue nile, Circuit City,, eToys, GAIAM,,, Hickory Farms, JCPenney,, Lands' End,, OfficeMax, Old, OneStepAhead,, Sears,,, The Sharper Image and TigerDirect. Details of the promotion are at

Also through December 31, AAdvantage members can earn 15 miles for every $1 in purchases at SkyMall. See Dec 16, 2004

Through January 31, 2005 AAdvantage members will earn triple miles (750) for eligible stays at Best Western hotels. Registration is required, as is membership in Best Western's Gold Crown Club International. See Dec 16, 2004

AAdvantage members who stay two consecutive nights or longer at participating Le Meridien hotels worldwide between January 1 and March 31, 2005 will earn triple miles, 1,500 rather than the normal 500 miles per stay. Registration is required. Full details are at Dec 16, 2004

Beginning December 1 2004, members of American's AAdvantage program who use their miles to upgrade from discounted coach fares between the United States and Europe, Japan or some countries in Latin America will be charged $250 in each direction, in addition to the 25,000 miles normally collected. Upgrades requested on or before November 30 will not incur the new co-payment. Oct 28, 2004

American Airlines announced a special opportunity to make travel planning easier for customers. With the American Airlines Credit Card program, you can fly now and pay later thanks to the card's "90 days same-as-cash" offer. And with a low purchase threshold of just $199 to qualify for the same-as-cash offer, that next special getaway will be easier than ever to take. There's never been a better time to enroll in this unique program. The American Airlines Credit Card is a no annual fee, private label...

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