Intelligence – April, 14 2009

Intelligence – April, 14 2009

Hilton HHonors has teamed up with Rewards Network to offer members points while dining. Visit HiltonHHonors.com/dining …

United Mileage Plus members can now earn miles when booking airport rides through SuperShuttle. Customers will earn 50 miles in each direction for SuperShuttle or 150 miles each direction for ExecuCar. Enjoy double miles through July 14, 2009 when transportation is booked online …

Virgin Atlantic is temporarily suspending flights from London Heathrow to Mumbai from May 3, 2009. The airline said it will reinstate the service when it is economically viable to do so. Virgin will continue to operate its daily service between Heathrow and Delhi …

Jet Airways and Malaysia Airlines have entered into a codeshare and frequent flyer partnership. Customers will be able to earn and redeem miles when they travel with the respective airlines. Jet Airways JetPrivilege and Malaysia Airlines Enrich both have 1.5 million members …

In 2008, on average, Aeroplan issued awards 5,500 times a day, or once every 16 seconds …

Canada’s WestJet now has interline agreements with Air France/KLM and a future frequent flyer partnership could be in their future …

In a memo to its employees, Delta announced a further 10 percent cut in international capacity beginning in September, mostly in the Atlantic and Pacific networks, while there will be a slight increase to Latin America …

JetBlue’s CEO, Dave Barger, says he is quite optimistic the company can form international partnerships to “take advantage of the global landscape” and says he would consider joining a global airline alliance but does not see it as a necessity …

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group made it onto a list compiled by U.S. News & World Report as one of the companies likely to fail in 2009. The stock is down a whopping 95 percent and it is closely tied to Chrysler, a company that also made the list …

Oman Air will launch flights to Frankfurt Sept. 17, 2009; to Paris Oct. 11, 2009 and to Colombo, Sri Lanka and the Maldives Oct. 12, 2009 …

As of last month, Hilton HHonors members will no longer be able to earn miles with AirMiles UK for stays at Hilton Family hotels …

United Mileage Plus members can earn miles with new online retailers at the Mileage Plus Mall. Stores that have recently joined the mall include Lord & Taylor, Oakley, and Williams-Sonoma, among others …

Qantas has announced it is adding new routes to the Middle East through a codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways. Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn points when flying on Etihad codeshare flights between Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and Amman, Jordan, Beirut or Bahrain via Abu Dhabi …

When Delta SkyMiles and Northwest WorldPerks combine, the new SkyMiles will have about 74 million members. WorldPerks first class passengers will have to get used to SkyMiles’ policy of serving hot meal service on flights of 1,500 miles instead of the current 900 miles or longer. Some airport lounges will close as the two airlines’ lounges are rebranded as Delta SkyClubs …

V Australia has begun Los Angeles-Sydney and Brisbane flights. LAX-Melbourne flights are set to start in September.

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