Intelligence – January, 24 2012

Intelligence – January, 24 2012

As of Feb. 10, 2012, Kingfisher Airlines is a member of oneworld. Kingfisher is the first carrier from the subcontinent to join any of the global airline groups. Air Berlin and Malaysia Airlines are also set to join oneworld in 2012 expanding the alliance to more than 850 destinations. …

United Airlines plans to begin daily flights between Washington Dulles and Doha, Qatar on May 1, 2012, subject to government approval. …

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Virgin Australia Velocity program members can now earn and redeem when flying on both airlines. Also, Singapore Airlines’ regional full-service airline, SilkAir, will begin four-times-weekly service between Singapore and Darwin on March 26, 2012. Virgin Australia will start daily service between Sydney and Darwin to complement these flights from April 2, 2012. SilkAir flights, however, are not included in the earn-and-redeem arrangement. …

Southwest Rapid Rewards is now an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. Sapphire Preferred and Ink Bold cardholders can now transfer Ultimate Rewards points into Southwest Rapid Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio. …

Virgin America is a new Marriott Rewards airline partner and Marriott Rewards members can now choose to earn Elevate points for hotel stays or convert hotel points into Elevate points. …

Spirit Airlines is launching new service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Orlando starting Feb. 9, 2012, just in time for Spring Break. …

Ethiopian Airlines is now an official member of the Star Alliance. … Etihad Airways now has a reciprocal frequent flyer partnership with codeshare partner Malaysia Airlines. …

Etihad Airways has purchased a 29.1 percent stake in airberlin, becoming the single largest shareholder and the two airlines will align their frequent flyer programs, permitting earning and burning across carriers and reciprocal elite recognition. …

Choice Privileges is now a transfer partner with American Express Membership Rewards. Members can transfer Membership Rewards points to Choice Privileges points at a 1:1 ratio. …

Worldhotels and Singapore Airlines are now partners. …

Delta is expanding routes from LaGuardia by more than 75 percent, and by summer, the airline will be operating 264 daily flights between New York’s LaGuardia and more than 60 cities–more than any other airline. The carrier will soon offer more than 400 daily flight departures from LaGuardia, JFK and Newark. …

Etihad and Avis are now partners and Etihad Guest members can earn triple miles on all Avis rentals worldwide through March 14, 2012. Plus, you’ll automatically be entered to win 50,000 Etihad Guest miles. …

Bloomberg News reports that American Airlines is likely to cut capacity by 10 percent during Chapter 11. Delta cut domestic capacity by 16 percent and United reduced capacity by eight percent when in Chapter 11. …

According to reports, high on the agenda of Virgin America is allowing Elevate members the opportunity to use their miles on Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic and expand to frequent flyer agreements with Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates. …

Delta Vacations is partnering with Air France and Alitalia to offer SkyMiles members more vacation options in Europe along with savings and bonus miles.

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