Intelligence – August, 31 2007

Intelligence – August, 31 2007

Copa Airlines entered into a new codeshare agreement with AeroMexico on Aug. 1, 2007. As part of the agreement, passengers can choose to earn miles with either of the airlines’ frequent flyer programs …

Midwest Miles is the newest airline partner in TripRewards and members can earn two Midwest Miles per dollar spent at participating Ramada, Wingate by Wyndham, Super 8, Days Inn, Travelodge, Howard Johnson, Baymont Inn & Suites, Knights Inn and AmeriHost Inn brands …

Jet Airways Jet Privilege and Brussels Airlines Privilege have signed a memorandum of understanding to implement codesharing and enter into a reciprocal frequent flyer program partnership. Brussels Airlines will codeshare on Jet Airways’ flights between Brussels and Mumbai, Delhi and Toronto and Jet Airways’ will begin codesharing on Brussels Airlines’ flights from Brussels to Stockholm, Oslo, Birmingham, Geneva and Madrid …

Air Europa is now a member of the Flying Blue frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM. Frequent flyer members of SkyTeam airlines can now earn and redeem miles for flights on Air Europa …

InterContinental Hotel Group plans to open the first Hotel Indigo in Pittsburgh. The five-story building will be located in the East Liberty area of Pittsburgh and is expected to open at the end of 2009 …

Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles welcomes new partners Citibank, Microtel Inns & Suites and Boracay Tropics. Citibank Gold MasterCard/Visa, Citibank Silver MasterCard/Visa and Citibank Visa Platinum cardholders can convert their rewards points into miles at the rate of 3.25 points to one mile. Mabuhay Miles members earn a minimum of 500 miles per stay at Boracay Tropics and the Microtel Inns & Suites in the Philippines …

Frontier is set to add three new nonstop routes to Mexico. Service between San Diego and Mazatlan, Milwaukee and Cancun and Albuquerque and Puerto Vallarta will commence Dec. 15, 2007. Look for possible double miles offers on the new routes …

Spirit Airlines will be adding up to 10 new routes and three international gateway cities. The new cities have not been announced and will be added to Spirit’s existing network in 2008 with service beginning by the summer travel season …

American Airlines and British Airways will transfer flights between Dallas/Ft. Worth and London from Gatwick to Heathrow from March 2008. British Airways will move its daily service and its twice-daily Houston flights from Gatwick to Heathrow and American will move one of its two Dallas daily flights and its Raleigh/Durham service to Heathrow. American Airlines is planning on launching daily flights from New York (JFK) to Stansted from Oct. 28, 2007 …

Continental OnePass is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year and as part of the celebration is offering an additional 5,000 bonus miles over the standard 15,000 miles for applying for and using the co-branded World MasterCard …

The latest news on the possible AirTran/Midwest Airlines merger includes information that four entities (not named) have shown interest in buying Midwest Airlines. AirTran has offered $389 million for Midwest Airlines.

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