AAdvantage Members Team Up to Donate Miles

3rd Dec 2003

When American Airlines announced on Veteran`s Day that it would join
Operation Hero Miles by donating 10 million AAdvantage(R) miles to jump
start the program supporting U.S. troops traveling home for the holidays,
the airline invited its AAdvantage members to contribute miles as well. In
a true showing of generosity, AAdvantage customers have rallied to
contribute an additional 10 million miles.

Under the Iraqi Freedom Rest and Relaxation (R&R) Program, military
charter flights transport soldiers on emergency or R&R leave from Kuwait
to Baltimore/Washington, Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth airports. Soldiers
are responsible for paying for travel to destinations beyond these entry
AAdvantage miles donated by American Airlines and its AAdvantage members
will help these heroes get home to family and friends without additional

“When we announced our participation, we knew many of our AAdvantage
customers would want to contribute miles,” said President and Chief
Executive Officer Gerard Arpey. “We opened the program to them, and the
response has been tremendous. AAdvantage members donated two million miles
in the first five days, and a total of 10 million miles have been donated
in less than a month, demonstrating the true generosity of the American

AAdvantage members can donate miles to Operation Hero Miles (go to
http://www.aa.com/ for additional information) via several methods:

—call AAdvantage at 1-800-882-8880, or—fax a note to 817-963-7882, or
—mail a note to Miles for Heroes, American Airlines AAdvantage
Department, P.O. Box 619688, DFW Airport, TX 75261-9688, or—go to
http://www.aa.com/operationheromiles to download a form that can be faxed
or mailed in.
Be sure to include your AAdvantage account number, name, mileage donation
and signature on all mailed or faxed pledges. The minimum donation per
member is 500 miles.
Miles donated will be used to transport military personnel from
Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Atlanta (ATL) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
airports to destinations throughout the United States, including Hawaii
and Alaska, as well as Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.


Miles contributed to the program cannot be designated for specific
personnel. The Combined Forces Land Component Commander will determine
which military personnel receive round-trip award tickets. Hero miles will
be available for troops on emergency leave or R&R leave from Operation Iraqi
Freedom until the program is discontinued by the U.S. military.

The American Airlines AAdvantage program, begun in 1981, is the original
and largest travel awards program. Members can earn miles with more than
1,500 participating companies. In addition, each year for the past decade,
the AAdvantage program has led the industry in award redemptions. In 2002,
members used more than 123.7 billion miles to claim more than 4 million
awards to over 850 AAdvantage award destinations worldwide. For more
information and a listing of AAdvantage participant companies, visit
http://www.aa.com/aadvantage .
American Airlines is the world`s largest carrier. American, American Eagle
and the AmericanConnection regional carriers serve more than 250 cities in
over 40 countries with more than 3,900 daily flights. The combined network
fleet numbers more than 1,000 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.



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