Geaghan’s pub becomes first local partner in airport loyalty program

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 12, 2013, at 2:25 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Geaghan’s Pub and Craft Brewery patrons can now earn airline miles while they eat or drink at the restaurant Monday through Thursday.

Bangor International Airport launched the Thanks Again program in late November and Geaghan’s signed on to become a local partner company earlier this month, according to Risteen Bahr, marketing manager for Bangor International Airport. The program became active on Monday.

“When people land in Bangor, and look for places to earn miles, we’ll be right there,” said Andrew Geaghan. “It’s a great way to partner with the airport, and there is very little that we have to do to manage the program from our end.”

Thanks Again has more than 170 member airports across the nation and plans to spread into some Canadian airports next year, Jay Ellis, senior vice president of the Georgia-based rewards program, said during a November visit to BIA.

Participants register their debit and credit cards with Thanks Again, and whenever they use those cards to purchase food, magazines or souvenirs at one of Thanks Again’s airport partners, the money they spend earns them rewards points. Even paying for parking earns miles.

Airport Director Tony Caruso has said the airport is working with other stores, restaurants and hotels to add more offerings, which would join the list of more than 25,000 businesses and merchants involved in the rewards program nationwide.

There are three ways to join the loyalty rewards program: Use your smartphone to scan the QR code that appears on Thanks Again advertisements at the airport; text “FLYBGR” to 82257; or visit www.thanksagain.com/BGR. There is no registration fee and sign-up takes less than three minutes, according to Thanks Again.

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