Am. Samoa to keep flier miles for govt travelers


PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa plans to take away frequent flier miles from government workers who travel on behalf of the U.S. territory.

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the territory will use the miles to help medical patients travel off-island when needed, or help students travel for educational programs.

Moliga says Hawaiian Airlines agreed to the plan that takes effect June 1. Hawaiian is the only carrier connecting the U.S. territory to the rest of the country.

Moliga announced the policy this week in a memo to the government's various agencies. He acknowledges some may see the policy as unfair but says it is morally wrong for employees to get extra benefits from traveling for the territory.

American Samoa budgeted nearly $6 million for government travel in fiscal 2013.