American Airlines Launches New Frequent Flyer Agreement With India's Kingfisher Airlines
FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines has launched a frequent flyer agreement with oneworld® member-elect Kingfisher Airlines, allowing members of each airline's loyalty program to earn and redeem miles on each other's network. With more than 380 daily departures, Kingfisher is India's leading air carrier based on passengers boarded, customer service and innovation.
Under this new agreement, American Airlines AAdvantage® members can earn and redeem miles for travel on all Kingfisher flights within India, and between India and Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kingfisher King Club members can now earn King Miles on all American Airlines flights throughout Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
The frequent flyer agreement with Kingfisher, India's only five-star airline, will significantly expand American's network in the region, providing more choices and better connections for American's customers traveling between the U.S. and India. American offers nonstop service to India from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Delhi Indira Gandhi (DEL).
"This has been an outstanding year for AAdvantage members traveling around the world," said Maya Leibman President of the AAdvantage Loyalty Program. "With enhanced frequent flyer agreements this year between American and participating airlines such as Kingfisher, our AAdvantage members have never had more opportunities to earn and redeem miles to destinations across our international network."
"I am delighted that we have entered into this network-wide Frequent Flyer Program agreement with American Airlines," said Anshu Sarin, Vice President Guest Loyalty and Kingfisher Holidays, Kingfisher Airlines Limited. "This is yet another step toward strengthening the strong bilateral ties between the two airlines. Besides benefitting individual King Club members, this arrangement will especially benefit companies whose executives travel frequently. Frequent flyers from the corporate sector will now be able to accumulate frequent flyer points in one single currency, namely King Miles and have the flexibility of being able to redeem their accumulated King Miles for any flight of American Airlines anywhere in the world. American Airlines' frequent flyers will be able to enjoy similar reciprocal benefits on the Kingfisher Airlines route network."
The Indian carrier is expected to officially join oneworld in early 2012. With the addition of Kingfisher, oneworld will significantly expand its route network and its ability to offer more services and benefits to customers. Kingfisher's addition will expand oneworld's network to 800 destinations in almost 150 countries, further solidifying oneworld's standing as the premier global alliance.
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 3,400 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 10,000 daily flights to 149 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. (NYSE: AMR).
About the AAdvantage® Program
The AAdvantage program was the first frequent flyer program. Established in 1981, the program now has more than 66 million members. 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, 11 financial companies, and over 500 brand name retailers. In addition, members can earn miles when making purchases with one of more than 100 affinity card products in over 40 countries. In 2010, AAdvantage members redeemed more than 165 billion miles to claim just fewer than 7.2 million awards for flights, upgrades and car rentals. For more information and a listing of AAdvantage program participating companies, visit www.aa.com/aadvantage.
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SOURCE American Airlines