Intelligence – June, 22 2009

Intelligence – June, 22 2009

Virgin America has signed an interline agreement with V Australia. Guests can now earn Elevate points for the Virgin America leg of their flight and by early next year, guests will be able to earn either Elevate points or Velocity points for their travel on Virgin America, V Australia or Virgin Blue flights. Eventually, guests will also be able to redeem their Elevate or Velocity points for flights on Virgin America, V Australia or Virgin Blue …

Members of AirTran Airways A+ Rewards can now trade their credits with other participating frequent flyer program members through Point.com’s Global Points Exchange (GPX). Participating programs include American Airlines AAdvantage, Aeroplan, Asia Miles, British Airways Executive Club, Wyndham Rewards, Delta SkyMiles and IHG Priority Club Rewards …

To help budding British talent live up to their full potential, British Airways launched the BA Great Britons program with a #500,000 travel fund offering up to 180 free flights a year until 2012 …

Mesa Air Group attempted to acquire the Aloha Airlines name to rebrand its Go! interisland Hawaii service but a judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Hawaii said he could not overlook Mesa’s role in the demise of Aloha Airlines and has stopped the rebranding …

Lufthansa has received the go-ahead from Austrian Airlines stockholders to allow Lufthansa to purchase Austrian. The buyout is subject to review …

American Eagle has added five new destinations from American’s hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: Santa Fe, N.M.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Brownsville, Texas and Lake Charles, La …

According to the Department of Transportation, the airline industry earned $1.15 billion from baggage fees in 2008 …

From Nov. 1, 2009, American AAdvantage members will no longer earn AAdvantage miles when flying Air Tahiti Nui. AAdvantage members, however, can continue to redeem miles for flights on Air Tahiti Nui …

Wyndham Hotel Group has approximately 7,000 hotels around the world. And in the past year, Wyndham has opened 78 additional hotels including 23 hotels in Europe, Middle East and Africa and 55 in Asia Pacific …

Continental is ending four routes from Newark this summer: Birmingham, Ala.; Columbia, S.C., Bangor, Maine and Lexington, Ky. Delta is set to eliminate Boston to Baltimore Washington and Boston to Philadelphia in August …

British Airways reports that the airline will reduce capacity by four percent next winter. This additional cut brings the total cuts to 9.6 percent since last winter. However, plans to add a London (Heathrow) to Las Vegas route in October have not changed …

JetBlue Airways has started nonstop service from New York (JFK) to Montego Bay, Jamaica …

Alaska Airlines will begin service between Maui’s Kahului airport and Oakland four times a week beginning Nov. 9, 2009 and between Kona on the Big Island and Oakland three times a week starting Nov. 10 …

airberlin topbonus is a new partner of InterContinental Hotel Group. IHG Priority Club members can earn 500 topbonus miles per stay …

As of last month, American Airlines has gone cashless onboard all American Airlines flights within North America.

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