Intelligence – July, 28 2009

Intelligence – July, 28 2009

Avis and Budget are now partners in Virgin America Elevate. Elevate members will earn one point per dollar spent on qualifying rentals with both Avis and Budget and up to a 25 percent rental discount with Avis and 40 percent discount with Budget …

American AAdvantage is courting the Latino market through commercials on Spanish-language networks such as Telemundo and Univision, letting viewers know that American has more flights to Latin America and South America than any other carrier …

IHG is coming to an Army installation near you. Under the privatization of Army lodging or PAL program, on-base lodging facilities will be upgraded and run by InterContinental Hotels Group and soldiers will be able to earn Priority Club Rewards points, just as they would when they stay at a private sector IHG hotel …

According to USA Today, United Airlines saw the number of program members who cashed in their miles in 2008 up by 12 percent. Redemptions in IHG Priority Club Rewards were up 15 percent in the first quarter of this year over the same period last year and more members have used points to buy merchandise since the economic downturn. And redemptions in the Best Western Rewards program are up 30 percent so far this year over the same period in 2008 …

Gulfstream International is no longer a partner in Northwest WorldPerks. Retro credit requests for travel prior to June 14, 2009 will be accepted for nine months from the date of travel. Gulfstream’s partnership with Continental OnePass continues …

Rumor has it that with the economic downturn, and fewer companies paying for employees to fly business and first class, more travelers are asking for upgrades than in the past …

Aeroplan members can now earn and burn miles with a Samba Days themed experience package, such as massages, yoga classes, private pole dancing lessons and many more …

Groupe Aeroplan Inc. is taking part in talks to lend Air Canada money to help the airline through the current recession. The amount mentioned was $100-million, but that is speculative …

InterContinental Hotels Group is scheduled to open its first Hotel Indigo in Asia when the Hotel Indigo Shanghai opens in 2010 …

As of last month, Delta commenced service between Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia …

As of this month, Continental has added once daily service to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Houston …

JetBlue will begin service from New York (JFK) to Bridgetown Barbados on Oct. 1, 2009, and from JFK to St. Lucia on Oct. 26, 2009 …

US Airways is scheduled to begin service to Rio de Janeiro from Charlotte–for its first foray into South America–with connecting service from many of the carrier’s U.S. cities …

Southwest is set to begin service to Milwaukee Nov. 1, 2009 with a dozen daily nonstop flights to six destinations: Baltimore/Washington, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa Bay. Southwest now serves 65 cities in 33 states …

Recently purchased Midwest Airlines will be able to restore some of the routes it eliminated last year during lean times. In August, nonstop Milwaukee-Los Angeles service will begin again …

Effective Sept. 1, 2009, Sky Clubs airport lounges will end its participation in Priority Pass …

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