Intelligence – July, 30 2007

Intelligence – July, 30 2007

Beginning Oct. 1, 2007, Continental Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines will be earn and burn partners. Reciprocal airport lounge access for eligible customers will also begin at this time and by the end of the year, the carriers will begin codesharing …

Hilton Hotels Corporation has announced its sale of the Scandic brand. Look for Scandic to launch a new loyalty program in 2008. Meanwhile, HHonors members can still earn and redeem points at Scandic hotels …

Continental Airlines and US Helicopter Corp. have entered into a codeshare agreement on helicopter flights that operate between downtown Manhattan or Atlantic Metroport locations to Continental’s international BusinessFirst flights at Newark. The helicopter flights are eligible for online check-in and OnePass members will earn 500 miles for booking online …

JetBlue TrueBlue marks its fifth anniversary this year and has over five million members …

Beginning in September, members of the frequent flyer programs of Continental Airlines and China Southern Airlines will be able to earn and redeem miles on both airlines’ flights. Reciprocal airport lounge access for eligible flyers will begin when China Southern joins SkyTeam …

The DOT has invited applications from U.S. airlines for the right to offer extended flight service to China this year, next March and March 2009. The competition for the routes is expected to be fierce and Delta was quick on the draw, launching http://www.nextgatewaytochina.com …

Midwest Miles members can now earn miles for home equity, mortgage or refinancing loans through a new partnership with Chase …

United recently signed a codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways. United Mileage Plus members can now earn miles when flying Qatar. Partner awards will soon follow …

Oneworld connects with extraterrestrials — well, if you believe in that sort of thing. Roswell, New Mexico will be a new destination in the oneworld network when American Eagle starts twice daily flights from DFW on Sept. 5, 2007 …

National Car Rental is a new partner in the ANA Mileage Club and members will earn double miles per rental until Dec. 31, 2007 …

Continental Airlines has new nonstop service between Cleveland and Quebec’s Jean Lesage International Airport and until Oct. 28, 2007, Continental OnePass members will earn double miles after registering for the promotion and flying the new route …

Northwest Airlines has resumed service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Vancouver and is offering 1,000 WorldPerks bonus miles when you fly roundtrip between Oct. 1 and Dec. 20, 2007. You must register prior to travel, and no later than Dec. 15 …

The partnership between Alaska Airlines and Amtrak ended July 15, 2007 …

American AAdvantage and TAM will dissolve their partnership as of Nov. 14, 2007. For TAM and TAM Mercosur flights taken on or after Nov. 14, 2007, mileage accrual will no longer be offered; and all award travel must be completed by Nov. 13, 2008 …

United Airlines and Croatia Airlines recently signed a codesharing agreement. It is the first intercontinental codesharing agreement for Croatia Airlines and it links flights from Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago to Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. Croatia is a member of the Star Alliance and members of United Mileage Plus can earn miles when flying the airline …

Wyndham Brand is entering the U.K. market with the conversion of The Conrad London to the Wyndham London-Chelsea Harbour.

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