Intelligence – September, 23 2003

Intelligence – September, 23 2003

Alaska Mileage Plan members who reside in the state of Alaska can now earn miles with GCI — the state’s leading provider of long distance and local phone service, Internet, cable and cellular communications. Enrolled GCI customers and small business customers can earn one mile per dollar spent on eligible communications and entertainment services. Mileage Plan members can also earn up to 10,000 miles with Mileage Plan Cruises. Cruises booked by Dec. 31 will earn double miles up to a total of 20,000. During the promotional period, cruises from 1-5 days earn 3,000 miles; 6-8 days, 6,000 miles; 9-12 days, 10,000 miles; and 13+ days, 20,000 miles … America West Airlines has added two major partners to its stable — Marriott and Choice hotels. Marriott Rewards members who designate FlightFund as their airline program of choice will earn three miles per dollar spent on all qualifying charges at participating JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts; Marriott Hotels & Resorts; Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, and Marriott Vacation Club International locations. Members will earn one mile per dollar spent on the room rate at Marriott’s Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites brands. Rewards points can also be exchanged for FlightFund miles. FlightFund members can also earn miles at Choice Hotels — 250 miles per eligible stay at Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion and MainStay Suites, or 150 miles per stay at Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn. OfficeMax.com has jumped aboard the America West bandwagon as well, allowing FlightFund members three miles for every dollar spent … United Airlines and Air China have signed a codeshare deal on flights between China and the U.S. The deal will take effect Oct. 31. The two airlines will also ally frequent flyer programs and airport lounges … Continental’s online mall, ShopOnePass, has added GiftCertificates.com to its partner list. OnePass members can earn two miles for every dollar spent on gift certificates to stores, restaurants, theaters, and hotels … Members of Hawaiian Airlines’ HawaiianMiles program can now earn up 5,000 miles by switching to Sprint residential long-distance service (2,500 miles after the first and sixth invoices). There’s an additional 1,000 miles for signing up online. Basic earning is five miles for every dollar spent … Reminder: Avis and Budget are no longer partnered with Northwest WorldPerks as of Sep. 1 … A former American Airlines employee, who was sentenced to five years probation in 1989 after stealing 1.7 million AAdvantage miles, is in trouble again. Ralf Kwaschnik, 43, has been charged in relation to a number of travel-related schemes, including the creation of fake travel agencies … Delta Air Lines and T-Mobile USA have added T-Mobile HotSpot wireless broadband “Wi-Fi” service in Delta Crown Room Clubs. SkyMiles members can earn up to 3,400 miles when they sign up for T-Mobile HotSpot service by Dec. 31.

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