Intelligence – December, 21 2010

Intelligence – December, 21 2010

Early this year, SAS and Icelandair will become reciprocal frequent flyer program partners …

Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus and airberlin topbonus are now reciprocal frequent flyer program partners where members of both programs can earn and redeem on either airline …

Virgin Atlantic is now partners with Worldhotels and members will earn 500 miles per qualifying stay …

Aeroplan is looking to expand to Germany, France, Spain and Japan with partners such as grocery stores, home improvement stores, gas suppliers and others …

Southwest Airlines is adding three new nonstop destinations from Denver starting June 5, 2011: Columbus, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh …

VOILA Hotel Rewards has entered the Russian market with the addition of Nevsky Hotel Grand in St. Petersburg, which is within walking distance to Palace Square and the State Hermitage Museum. The program plans to partner with other hotels in Russia soon …

Continental Airlines will begin daily nonstop flights between Chicago (ORD) and Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and between Denver and Ft. Lauderdale on Feb. 17, 2011 …

When Southwest Airlines enters Atlanta through its merger with AirTran Airways, Atlanta is going to be Southwest’s most active destination in terms of daily flights …

Unconfirmed rumor has it that Delta has plans to introduce a new class of international service between coach and business class …

Choice Hotels and airberlin topbonus are now partners. Topbonus members will earn 500 miles per stay at all participating Choice brand properties and Choice Privileges members will be able to redeem 5,000 points for 1,000 topbonus award miles. Through Feb. 28, 2011, topbonus members will earn double miles at participating Choice hotels…

JetBlue and Emirates have signed a codeshare deal but there is not a frequent flyer program tie-in …

Frontier Airlines has launched nonstop service between Milwaukee and San Antonio with four weekly roundtrip flights …

TAM’s CEO has stated that it’s possible that LAN and TAM could stay in separate airline alliances even after their merger is complete. LAN is a founding member of oneworld and TAM belongs to Star Alliance …

Members of points.com can now trade their loyalty currency with Audience Rewards and Best Buy’s Reward Zone …

Garuda Indonesia is looking to join SkyTeam. The process has just begun and it usually takes a couple of years or more to become a full partner in a global alliance …

American Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines have entered into a codesharing and frequent flyer agreement that will begin in 2011. Members of AAdvantage and King Club will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights and the two airlines are exploring allowing members to also redeem miles across each carrier’s network …

British Airways and Iberia have plans to merge but each airline will retain its existing brand …

Qatar Airways is adding three new destinations in January: Bucharest, Budapest and Brussels …

Continental Airlines plans to begin service between Houston and Lagos, Nigeria in November 2011, subject to government approval.

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