Intelligence – December, 29 2005

Intelligence – December, 29 2005

In the wake of Starwood’s recent acquisition of the Le Meridien chain, Le Meridien Moments members will be integrated in the SPG program on or around March 17. Moments members’ points and activity will be converted into accounts with SPG at a ratio of seven Starpoints for every Moments point. Gold SPG status will be offered to Gold Moments members. All Moments stay and night activity for 2005 and anything through March 17 will be aggregated with any Starwood activity for elite qualification…

Hilton HHonors has cut ties with Alaska Airlines, at least as far as awards are concerned. HHonors members are no longer able to redeem HHonors points for award travel on Alaska…

Midwest Airlines has enrolled the 2 millionth member of Midwest Miles. Glen Knaup of Wisconsin, whose registration tipped the balance, was given free roundtrip transportation for two people to anywhere the airline flies…

GlobalPass members can now convert their miles into miles or points in other loyalty programs, or convert miles or points from other programs into GlobalPass miles through a new partnership with Points.com…

United Mileage Plus members can now redeem miles for dining certificates with Restaurant.com. Members can redeem 1,000 miles for a $25 certificate or 2,500 miles for $100 in certificates. Certificates are valid at more than 6,000 restaurants…

US Airways Dividend Miles members can now earn up to 7,000 miles for purchasing a new phone and rate plan from Sprint. Bonus miles are awarded in seven monthly increments of 1,000 each, and require a two-year subscriber agreement on each line of service…

China Airlines and China Eastern Airlines have announced expansion on their frequent flyer agreement, effective this month. Members may now opt to accumulate miles on either program…

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer was recognized as the Best Frequent Flyer Program TIME magazine’s 2005 Readers’ Travel Choice Awards…

Japan Airlines and Finnair have concluded a code sharing agreement which will provide JAL passengers with a twice-daily service between Tokyo and Helsinki. In the near future, the two airlines plan to offer reciprocal frequent flyer benefits…

Malev is set to join the oneworld alliance after formally accepting an invitation to join the group. It follows a memorandum of understanding reached between oneworld and Malev in May of last year. Since then, the Hungarian airline has satisfied audits by the alliance of its quality and safety standards and a review to ensure it can deliver oneworld’s full range of customer services and benefits…

American Airlines has announced that it will begin code sharing with Vietnam Airlines. Members using either airline for these routes can accumulate miles for either AAdvantage or Golden Lotus Club…

India’s Air Sahara has entered the American airline market through a code sharing arrangement with American Airlines. The two airlines have agreed on a reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.

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