Economic Development and Travel & Tourism

Airport says ‘thanks again’ with rewards program

Customers can earn miles, points and other perks.

January 31, 2014
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Travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport can now receive frequent flyer miles or hotel points for nearly all of their airport transactions.

The airport has partnered with loyalty coalition brand “Thanks Again” to provide customer rewards to travelers when they park, shop and dine at the airport.

GFIA is the first airport in Michigan to offer the program to travelers.

Once enrolled, travelers can earn the same benefits at more than 160 airports and 20,000 neighborhood businesses across the U.S that are program participants.

Airport officials said enrollment in the program is free and easy. Passengers register credit or debit cards at thanksagain.com/GRR and then use those cards for purchases at participating locations to earn one mile or two hotel points for every dollar spent. Points and miles automatically accrue. New members will receive 100 bonus miles when they enroll with a mobile device by texting FLYGRR to 82257.

“We are excited to offer our passengers the ability to earn rewards when they park, shop and dine at our airport,” said Gerald R. Ford International Airport Executive Director Brian Ryks. “It is important we recognize our passengers and thank them for their decision to fly locally.

“These are rewards that travelers know and like, and can redeem for tickets, flight upgrades and countless other retail items.

“We are happy to be the first in our state to offer such a benefit and demonstrate that we are fully committed to providing an excellent customer experience.”

Local merchants also can participate in the program, allowing passengers to earn miles and points at their places of business.

“Our best passengers tend to be core customers of many merchants outside of the airport,” Ryks said. “We see an opportunity for the airport to further extend its reach into the community by allowing local merchants to participate in this program and allow these same passengers to earn rewards at their local establishment. This opportunity is seamless, easy to implement and beneficial to everyone.”

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