The War of Independence

The War of Independence

How often do you actually benefit from the battles that go on in Washington?

Now you can.

No, we’re not talking about the politicians. We’re talking about upstart Independence Air, a new airline set to launch low-fare service from Dulles in June.

The airline, owned by parent company Atlantic Coast Airlines, was previously serving as a part of United’ network, but has removed itself from the yoke of its larger partner.

Taking a lead from JetBlue and Frontier, Independence Air will offer in-flight television, and will have its own frequent flyer program — iCLUB.

And though the new service won’t start until the middle of the month, there are already plenty of benefits for Washington-based flyers.

In an effort to preempt the upcoming competition, United is offering up to 15,000 miles for flights to or from Dulles between June 15 and Sept. 30. Members can earn 2,500 bonus miles on qualifying roundtrips between Washington Dulles and the 50 United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, and the bonus can be earned up to a maximum of six times during the promotion period, for a total of 15,000 miles.

This, of course, is in addition to United’s around-the-world promotion.

To add to the mix, Alaska Airlines will begin new service between Los Angeles and Washington on June 7. Flights with the friendly Eskimo earn double miles until June 30.

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