12 Jul 2008

American Samoa government to control frequent flyer rewards

9:09 am on 12 July 2008

A bill is to be introduced in the upcoming American Samoa Fono session that will stop the awarding of frequent flyer mileage points for government paid travel to individuals.

Fagatogo Representative Leapai Sipa Anoa'i wants the points to be awarded to the ASG as an entity instead.

He said this way, the government can save money by applying the frequent traveler points to all ASG financed travel.

Representative Leapai says the government spends about $6 million a year on off island trips.

Airline officials say it's common for frequent government travellers to use their frequent flyer miles to obtain airline tickets or discounted travel for their immediate family members, some even flying first class.