Intelligence – July, 28 2006

Intelligence – July, 28 2006

WORLDHOTELS has added four more international airlines to its existing portfolio of 12 frequent flyer partnerships. Air France/KLM, Alitalia, SN Brussels Airlines and US Airways joined in the past two months. For each qualifying stay with WORLDHOTELS, members will receive a minimum of 500 miles from their preferred program. To mark the occasion, US Airways members will earn 1,500 miles for a qualifying stay until Sept. 30 …

Qantas has signed a codeshare agreement with Mexicana in a bid to expand further into the Americas. Qantas will codeshare on 237 Mexicana services per week to Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara and San Jose del Cabo, subject to government approval …

NetBank, a financial services provider, has announced a new affiliation with Marriott Rewards. Rewards members may now earn up to 19,000 points for opening and funding a variety of NetBank accounts …

Frontier Airlines has entered a three-year agreement with Marriott Rewards. EarlyReturns members can now earn miles with every stay at any participating domestic or international Marriott Rewards full service (2 miles per dollar spent) or select service (1 mile per dollar spent) property …

The SkyTeam alliance has signed a Global Airline Alliance Adherence Agreement with China Southern Airlines, indicating that the Chinese carrier is on track for official alliance membership. China Southern will officially become a member of SkyTeam once bilateral codesharing, frequent flyer and lounge agreements with each of the SkyTeam carriers are in place and the carrier satisfies all membership requirements. Completion of these requirements is expected in 2007 …

Budget Rent A Car has announced a new alliance with US Airways through which Dividend Miles members can earn miles when they rent from Budget. Members who rent at participating Budget locations worldwide can earn one mile per dollar on rentals booked with a corporate or government rate, and two miles per rental dollar on all other rental rates …

SkyTeam alliance members Continental and Alitalia announced they are expanding codesharing to provide better service to passengers who transfer between the two carriers traveling between Italy and Canada and Mexico. Effective immediately, Alitalia has placed its code on Continental flights between New York/Newark and four new destinations — Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa and Mexico City …

Chinese flag carrier Air China will follow through on its pledge to join the Star Alliance and doesn’t expect major complications for its newly fortified partnership with Cathay Pacific Airways, a member of the rival oneworld group, a senior Air China executive told the Wall Street Journal. Air China wants to join Star because the Beijing-based carrier has close ties to two of the alliance’s members, Lufthansa and United Airlines, and says it believes they can help it improve profitability and service on its long-haul flights to Europe and the U.S. …

United Airlines and TACA GROUP have begun a codeshare agreement, significantly expanding international destination options and frequent flyer opportunities for customers of both carriers. The combination of the carriers’ complementary networks allows members of each airline program to earn and redeem miles for flights to a greater number of destinations.

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