Intelligence – August, 20 2008

Intelligence – August, 20 2008

Thrifty is the newest car rental partner of Southwest Airlines and Rapid Rewards members can earn triple credit on weekly rentals (five-day minimum) of any car type until Oct. 31, 2008 …

Jet Airways and Etihad Airways are now reciprocal earn and burn partners …

Wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and Nextel are new partners in the Choice Privileges program. Members can now earn 5,000 points for purchasing a new wireless service plan or renewing a qualified contract, 10 points per $1 spent on accessories and 5,000 points for new satellite TV service …

As of Sept. 8, 2008, Midwest Airlines will eliminate service to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers and San Diego. The airline will also discontinue service to eight airports currently served by its Midwest Connect regional jet service: Baltimore; Hartford, Conn.; Louisville, Ky.; Muskegon, Mich.; Raleigh/Durham; St. Louis; San Antonio and Wausau/Stevens Point, Wis …

The Los Angeles Times reported that by November, Southwest Airlines will be the number one airline at LAX, up from the current number three spot as Delta, United and American cut back flights serving the airport …

United Airlines has reached an agreement to extend their co-branded credit card partnership with Chase Bank. The deal brings with it $600 million from Chase to cover the cost of purchasing frequent flyer miles and the contract extension …

At least 24 carriers have stopped flying or filed for bankruptcy protection this year, according to the International Air Transport Association …

Northwest WorldPerks and WhiteTie, the program’s provider of concierge services, have discontinued their partnership. WorldPerks members who enrolled or renewed with WhiteTie prior to July 26, 2008 will continue to receive the Northwest and WhiteTie benefits until their membership expires but not after July 26, 2009 — whichever date comes first …

Aeroplan and EgyptAir are now reciprocal frequent flyer program partners …

Starting Sept. 4, 2008, Virgin America will fly nonstop from New York (JFK) to Las Vegas …

Through an extended partnership, airberlin topbonus members can now earn miles at Accor Hotels — Mercure and Novotel. New partners E-Plus, Sixt, Hertz and KarstadtQuelle Versicherungen have joined the program and Booking.com will be joining soon. Suitehotels and Sofitel no longer participate in the topbonus program …

Globus Family of Brands travel services has joined the Jet Airways JetPrivilege program and members living in India, U.A.E, Bahrain, Oman, Sri Lanka and Mauritius can now earn one mile per $1 spent on qualifying services …

TACA DISTANCIA and AIR MILES Reward Program are new partners in Hilton HHonors and members can earn one mile per $10 spent at Hilton hotels with either program. Between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, 2008, AIR MILES members can earn double miles for hotel stays in Canada and DISTANCIA members can earn double miles after registering and staying at participating hotels in Latin America, the Caribbean and North America …

Effective Sept. 15, 2008, British Airways Executive Club members will no longer be able to earn miles for stays at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.

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