Intelligence – January, 13 2006

Intelligence – January, 13 2006

Bass Hotels & Resorts has swallowed the Posthouse chain with the intent of converting the acquired hotels to the Holiday Inn brand. All but one of the 79 hotels are based in the United Kingdom. The Posthouse chain leaves behind The Heritage chain and Le Meridien, which made up the Compass group. The 146-hotel Le Meridien chain is still up for sale, with Marriott and Nomura, the Japanese investment firm, being the main contenders to buy it…

Effective May 1, Hyatt will participate in the Mexicana Frecuenta program. This new agreement will allow Frecuenta members to earn 1,000 kilometers for each eligible Hyatt stay …

American Airlines frequent flyer members can use their miles on TWA, but TWA flyers will have to wait before receiving reciprocal treatment. The carrier will not allow TWA miles to be used on American until a court approves a merger of the two frequent flyer programs. Six months after approval is granted, TWA frequent flyer miles will be switched to the American AAdvantage program …

Delta Air Lines, the lynch pin of SkyTeam, has expressed interest in acquiring a stake in Mexican partner AeroMexico. The Mexican government is on the verge of breaking up the holding company Cintra, which controls the country’s two main airlines: AeroMexico and Mexicana de Aviacion. The details and timing of the sell-off have not been finalized but are expected to include limiting foreign investors to 25 percent in either AeroMexico or Mexicana. Air France may join Delta in the AeroMexico investment …

Come July 7, Avant Airlines will no longer participate in the Continental OnePass program. Miles can be earned through June 30. Award travel requests should be made by the same date, ticketed by June 30, 2001 and with travel completed by June 30, 2002 …

In an effort to quench rumors, Air Canada Aeroplan has reiterated that it does not have an agreement with Canada 3000 and that Aeroplan participation will not be extended to the newly-integrated Canada 3000. Effective May 1, FTD.com becomes an Aeroplan member. Members will earn 10 Aeroplan miles for every US$1 spent before taxes and service fees. When making purchases, select Aeroplan miles from the Special Promotions menu, located in the Billing Information section.

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