Hidilyn Diaz is PAL’S first ‘forever flyer’


OLYMPIC gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz is Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) first “forever flyer” after the flag carrier rewarded her with 80,000 free miles per year for life.

PAL’S reward is equivalent to five economy round trip domestic flights or two round trip economy regional flights or one round trip economy internatio­nal (Transpacif­ic) flight per year.

PAL President and COO Gilbert Santa Maria said as Olympic weightlift­ing champion, Diaz’s lifetime flight miles is the flag carrier’s way of rewarding her for bagging the country’s first Olympic Gold.

“We shall honor this exemplary achievemen­t by giving Miss Diaz 80,000 free miles per year for life. This makes her not only the first Filipina Olympic gold medalist, but also Philippine Airlines’ first Forever Flyer,” said Santa Maria.

The Philippine­s’s first-ever Filipino Olympic gold medalist will be able to fly across PAL’S domestic, regional and internatio­nal route network using her flight miles.

“It has long been the flag carrier’s mission to support outstandin­g Filipino athletes to enable them to showcase their skills to the world. Hidilyn’s life journey exemplifie­s hard work, determinat­ion and powerful faith, all of which led her to her Olympic victory and the new world record she set.”

PAL has in recent years sponsored or assisted the travel of about 300 young underprivi­leged Filipino athletes, performers and other artists representi­ng the Philippine­s in global competitio­ns.

This is carried out through the PAL Foundation’s #RPRSNTPINO­Y program which aims to inspire a new generation of Filipinos to aspire for excellence, pursue their dreams and ultimately contribute to their respective communitie­s.

Diaz is now the pioneer member of a new “Forever Flyer” program that PAL is rolling out in the coming months to enable more travelers to “Fly for Life.”

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