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NotiFlyer :: Late-Breaking News
Late-Breaking Program News Airlines Jump on 'Fly Three, Fly Free' Promotional Bandwagon
(Posted: Jun 11, 2003)

If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, United must be feeling like the belle of the ball.

Just one week after United announced its "Fly 3, Get 1 Free" summer promotion targeting business travelers, every major North American airline has come out with its own, remarkably similar, promotion. And who can blame them? The promotion would almost certainly have attracted business travelers to United this summer, and away from the other carriers. Given this scenario, United's competitors were stuck with the option of imitating the promotion or quickly developing a competitive alternative -- hence the current situation.

Basically, no matter which of the majors you might be flying this summer, three mid-week flights will earn you one free ticket, and six flights will earn you two free tickets. But beware, each promotion carries its own unique restrictions.

To make these promotions a little simpler to follow, we've put together the following chart outlining the various rules and regulations for each.

AirlineQualification Travel DatesRegistration DeadlineQualifying Flight RestrictionsAward Travel DatesAward Travel Flight Restrictions
Continental6/10/03-10/7/03Prior to travelAll fare classes qualify except Q, S, T and L. Economy class travel must not include a Saturday night.9/2/03-12/31/0414 day advance booking required, must include Saturday night, not upgradeable. Valid for travel within the 48 contiguous United States.
Delta6/10/03-10/7/03Prior to travel, no later than 9/30/03All fare classes qualify except L, U and T.11/1/03-12/31/0414 day advance booking required, must include Saturday night. Valid for travel within the 48 contiguous United States or between the 48 contiguous United States and Canada.
US Airways6/10/03-9/30/03Prior to travelFirst class, Envoy class and Y, B, M, U, H or Q coach classes qualify.9/2/03-12/31/04Standard Dividend Miles award travel booking rules apply. Travel must include a Saturday night. Valid for travel within the U.S. and Canada.
Alaska Airlines6/9/03-9/30/03Prior to travelF, Y, S, B and M fare classes qualify.AnytimeRather than free tickets, Alaska Airlines is offering 20,000 and 40,000 bonus Mileage Plan miles for three and six flights, respectively. Standard Mileage Plan rules apply to bonus miles earned.
United6/5/03-9/30/03By 9/30/03All fare classes qualify. Economy class travel must not include a Saturday night.9/2/03-12/31/0414 day advance booking required, must include Saturday night, not upgradeable. Valid for travel within the 48 contiguous United States.
American6/5/03-9/30/03By 9/30/03All fare classes qualify except E, G, O, S, T, U, W and Z. Economy class travel must not include a Saturday night.9/2/03-12/31/0414 day advance booking required, must include Saturday night, not upgradeable. Valid within 48 contiguous United States.
Northwest6/6/03-10/7/03Prior to travel, no later than 9/30/03All fare classes qualify except V, L, T or K.9/2/03-12/31/0414 day advance booking required, must include Saturday night, not upgradeable. Valid for travel within the 48 contiguous United States or between the 48 contiguous United States and Canada.
Air Canada6/18/03-10/10/03No registration requiredFlights between Canada and the U.S. or international destinations on a scheduled flight operated by: Air Canada or Air Canada Jazz in J, C, Y, M, B, H or V; an Air Canada four-digit flight operated by Air Georgian Limited or Central Mountain Air in J, C, Y, M, B, H or V; Mexicana between Toronto and Mexico City in C, D, Y, B, M or H; Lufthansa between Canada and Germany in F, A, C, D, Z, Y, B, M, H or Q. AnytimeRather than free tickets, Air Canada is offering 25,000 and 50,000 bonus miles for three and six flights, respectively. Standard Aeroplan rules apply to bonus miles earned.


Of course, not all North American airlines are jumping on the bandwagon.

"The recent Fly Three, Fly Free promotions offered by several other full-service airlines require customers to purchase three expensive fares to qualify for a fourth ticket for free," say Scott Kirby, executive vice president, sales and marketing, America West Airlines. "Customers could purchase three tickets on America West Airlines for the same amount they would spend for one ticket with another airline."

Perhaps the most intriguing of all the current promotions is that offered by Alaska Airlines. Rather than being awarded a free ticket for three flights, customers will actually earn a 20,000-mile bonus -- enough for one free ticket. The miles, however, do not have to be redeemed for a free domestic ticket, and will be added to the member's Mileage Plan account for use toward any award.

Registration for each of these promotions is free. Click the following links for details about each promotion and to register:

Delta
http://www.delta.com/skymiles/getmiles/delta_miles/delta_lto/three_for_one_061003/index.jsp

American
http://www.webflyer.com/redirect/aa_flythree.html

United
http://www.unitedoffers.com/el/dmp?object=register.form.fly3.html

Continental
http://www.continental.com/onepass/news/continental/co_20030610_01.asp?SID=CCEC2ED0304B4306998AE3E169FAE15B

Northwest
http://www.nwa.com/promo/123free/

US Airways
http://www.usairways.com/dividendmiles/3258.htm

Alaska
http://www.alaskaair.com/www2/promo/Registration/PromoEntry.asp?pid=AS0307

Air Canada
https://www.aeroplan.com/en/offers/_5c6dac65-355c-4919-bbf2-adf306b28ac0_promotion_void.jsp


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