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Press release from CNW Group

WestJet introduces first frequent flyer program partnership

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WestJet introduces first frequent flyer program partnership13:47 EDT Wednesday, June 27, 2012New agreement with American Airlines is the latest enhancement for WestJet RewardsCALGARY, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced a new agreement with American Airlines that will allow WestJet Rewards members to earn WestJet dollars on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines and its affiliates, American Eagle and AmericanConnection. The agreement provides WestJet Rewards members with the ability to accumulate WestJet dollars faster, especially those guests flying within American's extensive worldwide network of destinations.WestJet Rewards members earn WestJet dollars on flights and vacation packages with WestJet and WestJet Vacations.  WestJet dollars can then be used like cash and can be used on any date, to any of WestJet's 76 destinations, with no blackout periods, and can even be applied to seat-sale fares. Members also have the flexibility to use their WestJet dollars to either pay in full, or partially pay for their bookings online or through our WestJet Sales Super Centre. Full details of the program can be found at westjet.com/rewards.Starting today, WestJet Rewards members will also earn WestJet dollars on any flight in American Airline's global network, including North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific. Members can book flights directly with American Airlines or through their preferred travel agent and earn WestJet dollars when they add their WestJet Rewards identification number to the booking."This frequent flyer partnership, a first for WestJet, represents the continued evolution of WestJet Rewards," said Marshall Wilmot, WestJet Vice-President, Product and Distribution. "We're pleased to offer a rewards program that's easy, transparent and meets the needs of our guests. We're confident our members will enjoy earning WestJet dollars even faster as they fly with WestJet and on American and throughout its extensive worldwide network.""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 eventually redemption - options wherever their travels take them."The two airlines will continue to expand the relationship further, including the ability for WestJet Rewards members to redeem WestJet dollars on American Airlines flights. A date for redemption for American Airlines flights has not been determined.About WestJetWestJet 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.Connect with WestJet on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westjetFollow WestJet on Twitter at www.twitter.com/westjetSubscribe to WestJet on YouTube at www.youtube.com/westjetAbout American AirlinesAmerican Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,300 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. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.AMR Corporation, and certain of its United States-based subsidiaries, including American Airlines, Inc. and AMR Eagle Holding Corporation, filed voluntary petitions on Nov. 29 for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. More information about the Chapter 11 filing is available on the Internet at http://aa.com/restructuring.For further information: Media contact: Media Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397), media@westjet.com.