Intelligence – July, 02 2007

Intelligence – July, 02 2007

Delta Air Lines is the first airline in the U.S. to partner with The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. SkyMiles members will earn 1,000 miles for each stay booked through http://www.lhw.com/skymiles — As a celebration of the new partnership, SkyMiles members will earn double miles through July 15, 2007 …

By the end of the year, members of United Mileage Plus and Brazil’s TAM Fidelidade program will have the opportunity to earn and redeem miles for flights on either airline, pending government approval …

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is set to buy Vanguard Car Rental Group, which owns National and Alamo, subject to government approval. The deal would place Enterprise at 27.6 percent of the car rental market, placing the company a close second to Hertz’s 28.7 percent share. The move will also greatly boost Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s airport-based market share …

Choice Privileges recently announced that the program is being launched in Ireland. Choice’s Suburban Extended Stay Hotel brand has been added to the program and new partners include Amtrak as an earn and burn partner and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and Enterprise-Rent-A-Car as redemption partners …

Members of the frequent flyer programs of United Airlines, Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific will now earn miles when staying at a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property …

Miles & More members can now earn miles and redeem with the Metropolitan Pharmacy at German airports FRA, MUC and DUS, or online. Members can also now earn miles through active participation in Toluna’s panel community, an online research panel and survey provider …

Although Delta is expanding internationally, the airline has recently scaled back its service to Mexico. Gone are flights from Newark to Acapulco while service to Acapulco from Los Angeles will be served by smaller aircraft during off-peak periods. Service between Atlanta and Ixtapa has also ended …

Qatar Airways has launched service from New York to Doha via Geneva and will start flights from Washington, D.C. this month …

US Airways is cutting back its presence in Pittsburgh this month, dropping service to Baltimore, San Diego, Seattle, Buffalo and Altoona, Pa. and reducing the number of flights to some markets …

Northwest Airlines and Midwest Airlines will begin codesharing on select flights this summer — opening up 250 city pairs and more than one thousand new flight options for customers offering the convenience of a single ticket and check-in. The frequent flyer program reciprocal partnership will continue as before. Midwest is hoping the codeshare partnership will be seen as an indication that it should stay as a stand-alone airline …

Lufthansa and TAM recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding ushering in codesharing with the possibility of linking the two airlines’ frequent flyer programs as well as reciprocal sharing of VIP lounges …

Spirit Airlines will add San Pedro Sula, Honduras starting July 20, 2007 and Managua, Nicaragua starting Aug. 2, 2007, to its flight roster from Fort Lauderdale. Spirit will also serve Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru …

American Airlines is boosting its service to Colombia, South America adding 14 roundtrips to its existing service between Miami and Barranquilla, Medellin and Bogota …

Struggling Garuda Airlines has been dropped by Northwest Airlines as a partner …

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members can now earn miles for stays at Marriott hotels.

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