Midwest Airlines Premier Pet Program Now Offering Complimentary Canine Travel Packs

Doggy Bags Filled With Goodies Have Everything Fido Needs for a Comfortable Trip

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Midwest Airlines is now giving dogs a special welcoming gift when they check in with their owners for travel on the airline. The Premier Pet Travel Pack is loaded with products to help make four-legged travelers more comfortable before and after their trip. Travel packs will be offered to dogs and their owners traveling from Kansas City or Milwaukee. The pack is an enhancement to the airline’s popular Premier Pet Program,* the first program of its kind to offer frequent flying pets that travel with their owners the opportunity to earn free travel.

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Items in the pack, which are provided by top pet-care companies, include:

— Fido Friendly,(R) the national travel magazine for owners and their
dogs.
— Primrose dog shampoo and conditioner by Isle of Dogs.(TM)
— Dog toy or accessory and $5 coupon redeemable for future purchase from
Doctors Foster and Smith.(TM)
— Aquafina(R) bottled water.
— All-natural gourmet treat from Buddy Bones Dog Bakery, the canine
cookie company that provides Midwest Airlines with its dog-friendly
carob chip cookies.
— Pouch-size serving of Select Bites dog food from Iams.(R)

To meet Transportation Security Administration regulations, some items in the pack need to be placed in checked baggage.

According to Susan Kerwin-Hagen, coordinator of the Premier Pet Program and a show dog exhibitor and American Kennel Club judge, each product in the pack was chosen to meet a specific travel-related need. “For instance, flight can be very dehydrating, so as soon as owners meet up with their pets after a trip, they can give them a drink of Aquafina water,” says Kerwin-Hagen. “Owners can also reward their pets for good inflight behavior with a brand new toy from Doctors Foster and Smith. And while human passengers pack personal care toiletries, they might forget to pack similar items for their dog. The Isle of Dogs travel-size grooming products are the perfect take-along size.”

Fido Friendly magazine is featuring Midwest Airlines Premier Pet Program on the cover of its December issue. In a correlating inside article, Kerwin-Hagen provides the inside scoop to help make air travel for pets less stressful. The article notes, “Lucky for Fido, Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines makes safe and comfortable pet travel a priority. In fact, Midwest prides itself on offering unparalleled customer service. … “

Midwest Airlines introduced the Premier Pet Program in 2005 and since then, the number of pets traveling on the airline has more than tripled. Pets earn one free roundtrip for every three roundtrips (or six one-way trips) they fly. Additionally, pet owners who are members of the airline’s frequent flyer program, Midwest Miles, can fly their pets roundtrip for free below cabin by redeeming 15,000 miles or in the cabin by redeeming 20,000 miles. More than 1 million miles have been redeemed for pet travel on the airline so far this year. Earlier this year, Kerwin-Hagen received the Business Journal’s Women of Influence award in the category of innovation for developing the Premier Pet Program.

* The Premier Pet Program applies only to owners and pets that travel
together on the same flight; it does not apply to pets shipped as cargo
or service animals. Dogs are accepted in-cabin on all Midwest Airlines
and Midwest Connect flights with the exception of flights to Toronto,
Canada. Under-cabin pets are accepted only on Midwest Airlines Boeing
717 and MD-80 aircraft, and Midwest Connect Beech 1900 aircraft.
Passengers traveling with pets are charged an additional fee and must
make an advance reservation. Additional restrictions apply. For the
Premier Pet Program’s complete rules and regulations, go to
http://www.midwestairlines.com/ (click on Travel Planner, then Travel
Programs) or call 800-452-2022 (in Milwaukee, 414-570-7000).

Midwest Airlines features jet service throughout the United States. Skyway Airlines, Inc. — its wholly owned subsidiary — operates as Midwest Connect, which offers connections to Midwest Airlines as well as point-to-point service between select markets on regional jet and turboprop aircraft. Together, the airlines offer service to 47 cities. More information is available at http://www.midwestairlines.com/ .

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