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    American Way Names Winners of Annual 'Road Warrior' Contest

    FORT WORTH, Texas, March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Actually, it's five winners.

    For the seventh year, American Way, the inflight magazine of American Airlines, conducted its annual Road Warrior Contest. This year's contestants were required to share their best and worst travel stories, recount their busiest month of travel from the past six months, and participate in an airport photo scavenger hunt.

    The final selections are in (visit www.americanwaymag.com/entries to view the winning entries), and this year's best are:

    • Grand Prize - Shannon Kenitz of Madison, Wis. (2 million Hilton HHonors® bonus points to use at any Hilton family hotel in the world, 1 million American Airlines AAdvantage® miles)
    • Second Prize - Kathy Fox Frisbie of Flower Mound, Texas (a Bose® Lifestyle® 48 home entertainment system, a Bose® Wave® music system, and a pair of Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones, an American Airlines Vacations five-night trip for two to the Hilton Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica, and a Panasonic Toughbook® W7 laptop computer)
    • Third Prize - Michael Berumen of Falmouth, Mass.; Daniel Melchiorre of Solana Beach, Calif.; and Louis Roden of San Diego, Calif. (an American Airlines Vacations three-night trip for two to the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau, Bahamas, and a Panasonic Toughbook® W7 laptop computer)

    The five winners participated in a photo shoot at the legendary Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The special American Way issue featuring the winners on the cover and throughout the magazine will be onboard all American Airlines flights until March 15.

    Adam Pitluk, the new editor of American Way, said, "I'd heard that, in years past, the Road Warrior issue was the hardest to produce because of the unique and varied stories of the winners. I learned that this is indeed true, yet it's still very rewarding. Just take a look at our winners, and you'll see what I mean."

    For Kenitz, winning the Grand Prize means hope for a brighter future for many. Kenitz is the executive director of the International Hyperbarics Association, and she has donated all of her newly awarded 2 million Hilton HHonors bonus points and 1 million American Airlines AAdvantage miles to The HOPE Fund. HOPE (Hyperbaric Oxygen Pediatric Endowment) will use the miles and points for airline travel and hotel stays for patients and their families worldwide to obtain hyperbaric oxygen therapy. To learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy, visit www.ihausa.org.

    "If it weren't for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, my daughter, Grace, who was born with a rare mitochondrial disease, would not be here today," said Kenitz, whose first trip with her daughter was on American Airlines through the company's Miles for Kids in Need program. "The treatments saved her life. I wanted to win this contest so badly so I could spread awareness and give the points and miles to help children get the therapy they need to survive. It has been a true blessing to be able to share this prize with others."

    To date, more than 50,000 readers have entered the contest in hopes of being one of the five annual winners. If you believe that you have what it takes to be considered a bona fide road warrior, but missed out this time, then check out American Way magazine or visit www.americanwaymag.com this summer for information about the next contest. To learn more about our female winners, go to aa.com/women.

    About American Way magazine

    American Way magazine is published on the 1st and the 15th of each month by Fort Worth-based American Airlines Publishing. The only inflight magazine to be published twice a month, American Way magazine is on board all American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® flights. For more information, visit www.americanwaymag.com.

    About American Airlines

    American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, 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 serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

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