American Airlines And WestJet Team Up To Offer Frequent Fliers More Benefits
FORT WORTH, Texas, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — American Airlines and Canadian carrier WestJet Airlines® are expanding their cooperative relationship by introducing reciprocal frequent flier opportunities. Under this agreement, members of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program and WestJet’s WestJet Rewards® program can earn AAdvantage miles or WestJet dollars when traveling on flights operated by the other airline. This expanded relationship is in addition to the comprehensive codeshare agreement American and WestJet currently have in place that provides customers of both airlines more choices and greater connectivity when traveling between U.S. and Canadian gateways and beyond to cities throughout both countries.
“Our expanded cooperation with WestJet offers even more opportunities for our AAdvantage members to earn miles on flights to more destinations,” said Suzanne Rubin, President – AAdvantage Loyalty Program. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with WestJet and ensuring that our frequent fliers have valuable mileage earning – and redemption options wherever their travels take them.”
“We’re thrilled to begin this frequent flier partnership, which is a first for WestJet,” said Marshall Wilmot, WestJet’s Vice President – Product and Distribution. “This agreement represents the natural evolution of our strong codeshare relationship with American Airlines. We’re confident WestJet Rewards members will enjoy earning WestJet dollars faster as they fly with this valuable airline partner.”
Currently, the two airlines’ cooperative relationship provides American’s customers with codeshare service on 43 routes operated by WestJet, and provides WestJet’s customers with codeshare service on 61 routes operated by American and American Eagle®. Through this codeshare agreement, the two airlines serve Canada from all five of American’s key hubs of Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,500 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American’s award-winning website, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 150 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol “AAMRQ” on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.
About the AAdvantage Program
The AAdvantage® program was the first frequent flyer program. Established in 1981, the program now has more than 69 million members worldwide. Members can earn miles at more than 1,000 participating companies, which include 27 hotel chains representing more than 60 brands, more than 20 airlines, eight car rental companies, eight financial companies, and more than 500 brand name retailers. In addition, members can earn miles when making purchases with one of more than 100 affinity card products in more than 40 countries. In 2011, AAdvantage members redeemed more than 166 billion miles to claim more than 7.5 million awards for flights, upgrades and other rewards. For more information and a listing of AAdvantage program participating companies, visit www.aa.com/aadvantage.
WestJet is Canada’s preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 76-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada’s best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion, WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 98 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 37 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.
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SOURCE American Airlines