Intelligence – October, 27 2006

Intelligence – October, 27 2006

Dollar Rent A Car is a partner in the ATA Airlines Travel Awards program. Travel Awards members earn 75 points per rental and a flight in conjunction is not required. To celebrate this new partnership, when members rent a compact or larger vehicle for two days or more at participating Dollar locations they will earn double points through Nov. 15. …

KLM and Delta have begun codesharing flights to destinations from their Amsterdam, Atlanta, and New York JFK hubs. …

Look for China Southern, the largest airline in the People’s Republic of China, to become a full member of the SkyTeam alliance. SkyTeam has also welcomed PGA Portugalia Airlines as a associate airline candidate. The associate program includes frequent flyer program reciprocity, lounge access, and codeshare agreements. …

Continental Airlines is confident that a proposed direct flight from Newark to Shanghai will be approved. American, Northwest and United are all also hoping to open new direct flights to China. …

US Airways Dividend Miles members can no longer redeem miles for VARIG flights as of Oct. 5. If a member has a flight already booked after that day, they should call reservations at (800) 442-2784. …

Southwest Airlines began service to its 63rd city at Washington Dulles International. …

Air France commenced three flights to Chennai (Madras), India. …

Delta Medallion members can now receive automatic upgrades when making an eligible reservation over the phone, with a travel agent or at delta.com. …

American AAdvantage members who become a new Fidelity Investments customer and open a brokerage account will earn miles. Earn 5,000 miles for a deposit of $2,500-9,999; 15,000 miles for $10,000-49,999; and 25,000 miles for deposits of $50,000 or more. For more information, go to www.aa.com/aadvantage or call (800) 882-8880. …

Online check-in, up to a day before the scheduled departure, is now available for domestic Qantas flights. Go to qantas.com/checkin. …

National Car Rental is a new partner in the ATA Airlines Travel Awards program. Travel Awards members will earn 75 points for each rental. …

South African Airways is no longer participating in the SkyMiles program. …

Malaysia Airlines will no longer participate in the SkyMiles program as of Jan. 1, 2007, but members can continue to earn miles on Malaysia flights through Dec. 31. …

Also, as of Jan. 1, 2007, Emirates will no longer participate in the SkyMiles program. Members can still earn miles and request awards through Dec. 31, and must complete all award travel by December 31, 2007.

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