Intelligence – March, 01 2007

Intelligence – March, 01 2007

The battle is over and United has won. The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the newest U.S.-China route to United Airlines. Look for flights between Washington Dulles and Beijing to start later this month. United will offer connections to 16 cities in China through codeshares with Air China and Shanghai Airlines. The other airlines battling for the route were American, Continental and Northwest …

JetBlue has added San Francisco to the list of airports it serves. The new service will begin in May and include daily roundtrips between SFO and New York JFK and Boston …

United Airlines is adding new service between Denver and Dayton, OH beginning April 24; Kalispell, MT beginning June 7 and the airline is resuming service between Denver and Raleigh-Durham, NC beginning April 24. Mileage Plus members who fly nonstop to or from Kalispell between June 7 and July 15, 2007, can register to earn double miles at http://www.united.com/airpromo …

Malaysia Airlines and Emirates are no longer participants in the Delta SkyMiles program from the beginning of this year …

Continental Airlines will launch a daily nonstop service between New York/Newark and Athens, Greece effective June 7, 2007, subject to government approval …

New applications for the Amtrak MasterCard are no longer being accepted. Amtrak’s Web site suggests members check back in April for new information …

ShareBuilder is a new partner in the US Airways Dividend Miles program. Members can earn 2,500 miles after their first stock purchase when creating an automatic investment plan and can earn up to 2,000 additional miles each year …

US Airways Dividend Miles members can now earn 3,500 miles with any new wireless rate plan they choose from Verizon Wireless, Cingular, Sprint, Nextel, T-Mobile and others …

Northwest WorldPerks members who sign up for the new Comerica Check Card will earn 1,000 bonus points …

American Airlines and Malev Hungarian Airlines have formed a reciprocal frequent flyer partnership where members can now earn miles when flying the partner airline. Award offers will follow …

American Airlines and AeroSvit Airlines, the Ukraine’s largest carrier, have entered into an interline ticketing agreement that promises to increase travel between the U.S. and Ukraine. No word yet of a frequent flyer partnership between the two airlines …

The first ever nonstop flight service between Jackson, Mississippi and New York will begin Sept. 5, 2007 on Continental Airlines …

Barcelo Hotels is a new partner in the Air Canada Aeroplan and Continental OnePass programs. Members of Aeroplan can earn between 500 and 1,000 miles per eligible stay while OnePass members will earn 500 miles at participating Barcelo Premium Hotels and 250 miles at all participating Barcelo and Barcelo Comfort Hotels …

Air Miles has launched in Bahrain and aims to have more than 100,000 members by the end of the year.

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