Intelligence – August, 29 2003

Intelligence – August, 29 2003

LOT Polish will join the Star Alliance as its newest member on Oct. 26. LOT serves 49 destinations in 31 countries worldwide … Also in October, US Airways and Lufthansa will become accrual partners for status and award miles on all U.S. flights … Shanghai Airlines will become a partner on all Lufthansa/Shanghai codeshare flights for both accrual and redemption … Starting Nov. 18, Lithuanian Airlines and Iberia will offer codeshare flights from Vilnius to Madrid via Paris every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Amber Miles and Iberia Plus members can earn miles for both Lithuanian and Iberia sectors … US Airways has begun offering its customers “interline” electronic ticketing capabilities with Northwest Airlines, enabling travelers to use a single e-ticket for itineraries that include travel on both carriers … Continental Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways are expanding their codeshare agreement with the launch of a reciprocal frequent flyer program partnership. Virgin Atlantic and Continental frequent flyers will be able to accrue and redeem mileage on each airline’s networks … Beginning Oct. 26, China Southern Airlines and KLM will be expanding their current European/Sino codeshare service to five of China Southern’s leading domestic destinations. KLM will also be offering five new Chinese destinations — Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Changsha, and Guilin — in its coming winter schedule. China Southern has re-launched its European gateway with service each Tuesday and Friday from Amsterdam to Beijing with continuing service to Guangzhou. KLM has started flying three weekly roundtrips to Beijing and four to Shanghai. KLM passengers can earn and redeem mileage in the Flying Dutchman program as well as have airport lounge access (where available). China Southern Airlines’ Sky Pearl Club members can also earn and redeem miles on these codeshare flights … America West celebrated its 20th anniversary on Aug. 1. The airline became one of the few domestic carriers to report a profit for the past quarter. Rumor has it that a major new partnership is in the works for FlightFund … Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles continues to add to its stable of partners, announcing that The Brand Collection, an online retail outlet offering electronics, golf and travel products, will offer five miles per dollar spent at www.thebrandcollection.com. Use “HawaiianMiles” as your user name and the password “shop” to get started … US Airways Vacations is now offering Dividend Miles for the air travel portion of vacation packages … Mexicana Airlines has introduced Mexicorp, a business program offering packages from the U.S. and Canada to Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara. Book now and earn up to 5,500 Frecuenta miles. Call (800) 513-6619 … Cendant Hotels, parent company of such recognizable brands as Ramada, Howard Johnson and Travelodge, is rumored to be developing a new, consolidated cross-brand loyalty program called TripRewards. Stay tuned for more information.

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