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Issue #512 — July 16, 2008

CONTENTS

Up Front

  • “Up Front” Blog Entries

On Site

  • FrequentFlier Forum Topics

Reader Rants & Raves

  • Feedback from the Frontlines of Travel

Sweeps & Freebies

  • Win a Trip for 6

Steals & Deals

  • Deal Alert from SmarterTravel.com

Miles & Points

  • ExpressJet to Ground Flights, Mileage Program
  • From Red Lion: Stay 2/Get 1 Free
  • More United Miles for Dining
  • Triple US Airways Miles for Hilton Stays

Up Front

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Use this link to follow us on Twitter and stay abreast of the latest in frequent flyer program news, opinion, and advice.

“Up Front” Blog Entries

Following are some of Tim’s recent blog posts:

On Site

FrequentFlier Forum Topics

As always, there’s plenty of activity on the FrequentFlier Forum.

In the “Airline Programs” Forum, ronald has details and links to mileage promotions from Northwest, American, Icelandair, and US Airways.

Also in the “Airline Programs” Forum, Flying Texan has the following response to US Airways’ cutting movies to save on jet fuel: “Fast Forward to January 2009: ‘US Airways removes engines from flights to save fuel’!!”

Questions, answers, opinions? Post them to the Forum!

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Sweeps & Freebies

Win a Trip for 6

Enter the Pilgrim’s Pride “Family Vacation” sweepstakes by September 30 for a chance to win a trip for six family members to a “location of choice.” Maximum total prize value: $6,000. Other prizes include two $500 gas cards, barbeque grills, coolers, etc.

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[Visit FrequentFlier.com for more travel sweepstakes.]

Steals & Deals

Deal Alert from SmarterTravel.com

1) Air Canada Summer Sale from $197 Each Way

If you’re planning to head to Canada this summer, you may be able to save. Air Canada has discounted airfares to popular cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, among others. Fares start at $197 one-way or $394 round-trip.

Travel is valid from July 16 through September 30. Book by July 17, 11:59 PM ET.

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2) British Airways Fall Sale from $281 Each Way

British Airways has discounted fall airfares to popular European destinations. Fares start at $281 one-way or $562 round-trip. If you bundle your flights together with accomodations, a car rental, or sightseeing tours, British Airways will also throw in additional discounts.

Travel is valid from September 4 through October 22. Book by July 17, 11:59 PM ET.

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Miles & Points

ExpressJet to Ground Flights, Suspend JetSet Program

When ExpressJet terminates its scheduled flights on September 2, its JetSet frequent flyer program will be grounded as well. That means that all JetSet points must be redeemed and award travel completed by that date. Per the ExpressJet website:

All Travel Awards and JetSet Points that you’ve earned will be valid for use through September 1, 2008, but will hold no cash value and will not be valid for travel on ExpressJet or other airlines as of September 2, 2008.

For perspective, as of July 14, there were 182,873 JetSet members with 3,328,885 points outstanding.

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From Red Lion: Stay 2/Get 1 Free

Through September 30, Red Lion hotel guests will receive one free night after every qualifying paid stay of two or more nights.

Bookings must be made at redlion.com using promotion code S2FREE.

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More United Miles for Dining

Between July 10 and September 30, Mileage Plus members will earn 1,000 bonus miles for every $200 spent at participating Mileage Plus Dining restaurants, up to a maximum of 5,000 bonus miles during the promotion period.

Registration is required.

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Triple US Airways Miles for Hilton Stays

Between July 15 and September 30, US Airways Dividend Miles members can earn triple miles for stays at participating Hilton family hotels.

To earn triple miles, you must have US Airways selected as your HHonors Preferred Airline Partner or present your US Airways Dividend Miles account number at check-in. Registration is required.

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