ExpressJet JetSet

ExpressJet JetSet

ExpressJet Airlines began new non-stop service between Los Angeles/Ontario and Austin, Boise, Kansas City, Omaha, San Antonio, Spokane and Tucson last month. The airline will add additional flights to Albuquerque; Colorado Springs; El Paso; Fresno; Monterey, Calif.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa between now and June 12, 2007. ExpressJet’s new frequent flyer program, JetSet, mirrors Southwest’s segment-based program. Members earn one point for each one-way flight and two points for every roundtrip flight. Members who accumulate 16 points within a 24-month period, the equivalent of eight roundtrips or 16 one-way flights, will earn a free award roundtrip ticket automatically deposited to their account. To promote the launch of the new ExpressJet service, JetSet members will earn a free roundtrip flight after flying only four roundtrips or eight one-way flights between now and Sept. 30, 2007, half of the normal requirement. Best of all, members can earn an unlimited number of free tickets during the promotional period. There are no blackout dates for award redemption, but there are seat restrictions. JetSet currently does not have any partnerships established for point accrual, and members cannot earn JetSet points on Continental or Delta flights operated by ExpressJet. The program is currently in discussion with partners that may include credit cards, hotels, car rental agencies and others. JetSet membership does not expire as long as activity has occurred in your account sometime in the previous four years; however, memberships that have no activity for 48 consecutive months will be deactivated. Online account management is not currently available, but has been promised. Non-travel award options such as retail gift certificates, electronics and travel packages are also to come. JetSet is also offering a Travel Agent Frequent Seller Program wherein travel agents can earn one point for booking passengers on each ExpressJet one-way flight and one point when enrolling a customer in the JetSet frequent flyer program who then takes their first flight. When the travel agent accumulates 16 points, they will receive a roundtrip ticket on ExpressJet. Until Sept. 30, 2007, travel agents will get a free ticket when accumulating eight points instead of the usual 16. ExpressJet flights will feature more than 100 channels of free XM Satellite radio, complimentary snacks and full-service meal options on longer flights and memory-foam leather seating.

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