Intelligence – April, 27 2004

Intelligence – April, 27 2004

Accor has absorbed Dorint Hotels. All 97 three- to five-star Dorints will be re-branded Dorint Sofitel, Dorint Novotel or Mercure … All Nippon Airways and Suruga are in the process of creating a new program that will allow housing-loan borrowers at the regional bank in Shizuoka Prefecture to receive mileage points from ANA according to the loan amount. Under the program, mileage will be offered every year for 10 years commensurate with the loan outstanding. A borrower of 50 million yen, for example, will receive 25,000 miles for the first year … America West has announced that flight miles earned on partner Virgin Atlantic can now be counted toward elite status … American AAdvantage has joined with World Wine Estates, offering up to 2,000 miles per order. Call (877) 774-WINE … Continental has added Choice Hotels to its stable of hotel partners. OnePass members can earn 250 miles per stay at any Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion or MainStay Suites, and 150 miles per stay at any Econo Lodge or Rodeway Inn … CSA Czech Airlines is sponsoring Malev in its bid to join SkyTeam as an associate member. The plan is for the Hungarian airline to comply with accession terms by September, allowing an audit to take place in October and membership to be approved by SkyTeam’s general assembly in November … CSA Czech has added Orea Hotels, the largest Czech hotel chain, to its partner list. OK Plus members will earn between 300 and 1,100 miles per stay, depending on the category of the hotel … Delta Air Lines has designated the Elton John AIDS Foundation as the SkyWish Charity of the Quarter. SkyMiles members can contribute miles to support the organization’s efforts to help individuals affected by, and those living with, HIV/AIDS. Donations may be made via e-mail at delta.bids@delta.com, by calling (800) 325-3999 or via FAX at (404) 773-1945 … GlobalPass customers may now earn 2.5 GlobalMiles per US$1 spent on qualifying room rates at CandleWood Suites across the U.S. … Gulf Air has added Movenpick Hotels and Resorts to its partnership stable. The Swiss hotel group operates 49 hotels and 9,735 rooms in 16 countries. Members will generally earn 500 miles per night, and until May 31, Gulf Air program members will earn triple miles … Center Parcs will cease to be a partner in the KLM Flying Dutchman program as of May 3. Awards may be reserved before that date for stays prior to Nov. 3 … Qatar Airways has signed a partnership agreement with Rotana Hotels for four of the group’s hotels to become “preferred hotels” of Qatar Airways … SN Brussels and American Express have launched two new charge cards: The Classic and the Gold. Both earn one mile per *1 spent, and more with SN Brussels purchases. Classic cardholders will earn 5,000 miles on their first purchase, and Gold cardholders 10,000.

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