Travelers passing through BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport can now earn frequent flyer miles and hotel rewards points without ever stepping foot on an airplane.
Airport officials announced a new partnership Friday with Georgia-based rewards company Thanks Again, which ties shopping, dining and parking at airports across the country to airline and hotel rewards programs.
"The Thanks Again program is another example of our commitment to excellent customer service," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, BWI's CEO, in a statement. "When our travelers pay for parking, buy a gift, or enjoy a meal at BWI Marshall, they will be able to earn additional miles or points with their favorite airline or hotel chain."
After registering a credit or debit card under the program — http://www.thanksagain.com/BWI — members will earn one airline mile or two hotel points for every dollar they spend at the airport, officials said.
According to the Thanks Again website, the company's program operates in partnership with major airlines' and hotels' reward programs — such as Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, Hilton HHonors, US Airways Dividend Miles, United Airlines MileagePlus, American AAdvantage, and Delta SkyMiles.
The company, founded in 2004, says it has 25,000 participating local businesses in its program, and continues to grow.
"We are excited to partner with BWI Marshall, the leading airport in the Mid-Atlantic region," said Marc Ellis, the company's CEO, in a statement. "BWI Marshall values their travelers, and Thanks Again looks forward to collaborating with the Airport to further enhance the passenger experience."
In addition to online registration, BWI is offering a QR code on its website for customers to register there with a mobile device. Those who do will earn 100 bonus airline miles or 200 bonus hotel points.