Intelligence – January, 21 2011

Intelligence – January, 21 2011

Southwest Airlines will begin service from Charleston International Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport on March 13, 2011. There will be seven daily nonstop flights to four destinations from Charleston, South Carolina including Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway, Nashville and Houston Hobby. There will be seven daily nonstop flights to five destinations from Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina including the four destinations listed above, plus Orlando. South Carolina is Southwest’s 36th state …

American Airines has launched its codeshare with airberlin and the two airlines are exploring a more comprehensive agreement that would include the ability to earn and redeem miles across each carrier’s network …

Continental Airlines is adding new flights between Houston’s Bush Intercontinental and Bakersfield and Palm Springs, Calif.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Grand Junction, Colo.; Hobbs, N.M.; Montreal and Reno, Nev; and from Cleveland to Cincinnati, Ohio, and from New York Newark, to Des Moines, Iowa …

United plans new service from Washington Dulles to Louisville, Ky.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Salt Lake City; Tulsa, Okla. and Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, subject to government approval. United will also start new service from Denver to Amarillo, Dallas Love Field and Lubbock, Texas; from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas and from San Francisco to New Orleans …

Rumor has it that the new SLS at South Beach hotel in Miami (set to open in 2012) will not be a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel as the SLS at Beverly Hills is …

JetBlue is launching seasonal service between Long Beach, Calif. and Anchorage, Alaska starting May 26, 2011 …

Spirit Airlines is introducing 11 new nonstop routes from five new markets: Plattsburgh, N.Y. starting Jan. 14, 2011, Niagra Fall, N.Y. starting Jan. 27, 2011, Latrobe, P.A. starting Feb. 12, 2011, Charleston, W.V. starting March 3, 2011 and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas starting May 5, 2011 …

InterContinental Hotels Group recently signed contracts to launch the Holiday Inn Express brand in India. Six hotels are planned to open in the next three to five years …

Marriott plans to add 80,000 to 90,000 more rooms to its portfolio of brands over the next three years …

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club now partners with Worldhotels and members can earn 500 miles per stay …

Tourists from the U.S. comprise 80 percent of international visitors to the Bahamas but only 24.5 percent of hotel rooms in the Bahamas are associated with major U.S. hotel brands–look for this percentage to rise over the next few years …

As of last month, Frontier EarlyReturns members can earn 50 miles for Avis rentals of up to four days and 500 miles for rentals of five or more days, plus up to a 25 percent discount …

Shanghai Airlines will become part of SkyTeam through its parent company, China Eastern, which is in the process of joining the alliance in 2011 …

Aerolineas Argentinas is officially starting the process to join SkyTeam as the alliance’s first South American airline …

American Airlines and American Eagle will add one international and nine domestic routes from Los Angeles in April: Albuquerque, El Paso, Houston, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Boise, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Tucson and Shanghai, China.

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