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As has been the custom in recent years, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service will extend the deadline for customers to use their gas coupons, according to an AAFES official.

The extension applies to all gas coupons that carry an expiration date of Sept. 30, 2005, said Joe Giuffreda, vice president of AAFES-Europe.

“We’re going to extend those through the end of December and then we’re going to monitor” the returns, Giuffreda explained Thursday.

AAFES can extend the deadline a second time if a lot of the older coupons are still in use, Giuffreda said.

Gas coupons are printed several months in advance of a new fiscal year, but they don’t go into circulation right away, Giuffreda said.

“Once we get them, we don’t necessarily put them out on the street if we have a lot of the old ones out,” he said.

Even if the deadline — extended or not — passes, AAFES patrons can still cash in outdated coupons at any customer service counter, Giuffreda said.

AAFES announced Thursday that gasoline prices for the month of August were increasing, in some cases as much as 15 cents a gallon. The increase is attributed to greater demands for oil, the summer vacation season and the July 7 terrorist attack in London.


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