Intelligence – October, 30 2003

Intelligence – October, 30 2003

American Eagle is ending its partnership with Midwest Airlines on Feb. 24 … China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club and Marriott have announced that the new Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel is Sky Pearl Club’s latest hotel partner … Continental Airlines has become the latest Virgin Atlantic flying club partner … Czech OK Plus has been busy on the partnership front, landing Eurotel, Avis, Metropolitan Hotels International and the Czech Paralympic Team … Delta Air Lines has designated the March of Dimes as the SkyWish Charity of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2003. SkyMiles members can contribute miles to combat serious health problems that infants face, such as prematurity, birth defects and low birthweight. SkyMiles members may donate miles to the March of Dimes via SkyWish through Dec. 31. There is a 5,000-mile minimum donation, and Delta will boost each donation by adding 1,000 miles for every 5,000 miles contributed … eBay and MBNA are launching a new MasterCard loyalty credit card in the U.S. Holders of the eBay Anything Points credit card earn Anything Points which can be spent on almost anything for sale on the eBay Web site … Cooperation between Finnair Plus and American Express has expired. Plus members holding an American Express card that entitles them to Plus points may continue collecting points on purchases with this card until Sept. 30, 2004, provided they contact American Express … Hawaiian Airlines has enhanced its codeshare partnership with America West. Hawaiian will expand its route system from Hawaii to 53 cities nationwide. Customers will earn miles for qualifying fares and can redeem mileage awards on both carriers … Healthy Bites Grill has joined the iDine program, which already represents more than 7,000 restaurants throughout the U.S. … LOT Polish Airlines became an official member of the Star Alliance on Oct. 26 … Also on the 26th, US Airways became a full earning-and-burning partner with Lufthansa … One&Only Resorts has partnered with Emirates Skywards, allowing Skywards members to earn miles by staying at four of the One&Only resorts: One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai, One&Only Kanuhura in Maldives, One&Only Le Saint Geran and One&Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius … SAS will acquire 49 percent of the shares in the Estonian airline Estonian Air to strengthen its position in the Baltic region… Thai Airways is Best Western’s newest global airline partner, bringing to 10 the number of airlines represented in the hotel brand’s Gold Crown Club International frequent traveler program. This partnership allows GCCI members to accrue Royal Orchid Plus miles while staying at any of the more than 4,000 Best Western hotels in 80 countries.

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