Intelligence – August, 24 2010

Intelligence – August, 24 2010

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have entered into a codeshare agreement with Icelandair and this fall, the airlines will begin a reciprocal frequent flyer partnership which will allow Mileage Plan members to earn and redeem miles on Icelandair flights between Seattle and over 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe …

American Airlines and Air Berlin have announced a reciprocal codeshare and FFP partnership and Air Berlin will be joining the oneworld global airline alliance …

Later this year, American AAdvantage members and JetBlue TrueBlue members will be able to earn AAdvantage miles or TrueBlue points, respectively, when they fly on certain cooperative flights from New York JFK or Boston …

Swissotel Hotels & Resorts and Etihad Airways have entered into a partnership where Etihad Guest members earn 500 miles per stay at Swissotels worldwide …

Virgin America has added not only Toronto to its list of destinations to expand internationally, but also plans to serve Mexico by adding flights between San Francisco and San Jose del Cabo as well as Cancun and between Los Angeles and Cancun starting this winter. The airline has plans to expand to Chicago O’Hare by the first half of 2011 and just added Dallas …

Mexicana and Singapore Airlines are ending their partnership. Members can continue to earn and redeem until Oct. 20, 2010 and award travel must be completed by April 20, 2011 …

Kenya Airways and Jet Airways have entered into a mutual frequent flyer partnership and codesharing agreement …

JetBlue TrueBlue members can now earn one point for every dollar they spend on discounted vacation packages. JetBlue Getaways offers packages to 36 U.S. and Caribbean destinations …

JetBlue Airways and EL AL have signed an interline agreement. There’s no news if the agreement will extend to a frequent flyer program partnership, but there have been rumors of this FFP pairing for years …

Kingfisher Airlines is officially a member elect of the oneworld alliance. A firm date for the airline to join the alliance will be announced at a later date. Kingfisher will add 56 cities in India to oneworld routes. In other oneworld news, Russia’s S7 Airlines is on track to join oneworld later this year …

oneworld alliance members, American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Royal Jordanian have received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the European Commission of their application for anti-trust immunity. The alliance promises “enhanced frequent flyer benefits” with this development including “expanded opportunities to earn and redeem miles and mutual elite tier benefits on flights.” Look for transatlantic joint business coming this fall …

American Airlines is beefing up their presence in New York with new routes, including from JFK: Austin, Texas; San Jose, Costa Rica; Madrid, Spain and Manchester, England; and from LaGuardia: Atlanta, Charlotte and Minneapolis/St. Paul …

CLEAR, the service that offers a speedy trip through security is back. This fall, it will reinstate service at its first airport, Denver, since it ceased operations in June 2009.

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