Intelligence – April, 30 2012

Intelligence – April, 30 2012

British Airways has suspended its codeshare agreement with troubled Kingfisher Airlines. Kingfisher is cutting back on its overseas flights as the carrier looks to cut costs. …

Jet Airways JetPrivilege now partners with Barista Lavazza and members can earn five miles when enjoying their favorite coffee beverage at any of the Barista Lavazza Cafes across India. …

A judge in Chicago has decided that a breach of contract claim against Southwest Airlines can proceed. The airline was sued after stating that drink coupons with no expiration date would expire on Sept. 1, 2011. …

SAS EuroBonus is now partners with Worldhotels and EuroBonus members will earn 500 points for qualifying stays. Worldhotels has close to 500 affiliated hotels in 250 destinations and 65 countries, of which 18 are in Scandinavia. …

Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Ritz-Carlton Rewards as a new transfer partner. Cardholders can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Ritz-Carlton points at a 1:1 ratio. …

Citi ThankYou Rewards points are now transferable to both Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and British Airways Executive Club at a 1:1 ratio. …

BMI will no longer be a member of the Star Alliance as of April 18, 2012. The membership was terminated upon the completion of the purchase of BMI by IAG. Diamond Club will have a partnership with British Airways, although the details have not been released. If you want to use Diamond Club miles for Star Alliance flights, redeem then now. Also, bmibaby will be shut down if not sold by May 2012. …

Red Lion R&R Club members can now redeem their points for stays at over 30 participating Destination Hotels & Resorts locations, starting at 30,000 points per night. …

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards members can now earn points for purchasing a new home or refinancing their existing mortgage with Chase. Members can earn 12,500 points for any mortgage under $250,000, 25,000 points for any mortgage between $250,000 and $500,000 and 50,000 points for any Chase mortgage more than $500,000. …

MetLife is a new Amtrak Guest Rewards partner and beginning May 31, 2012, members can earn a one-time bonus of 250 points when they obtain an insurance quote from a MetLife sales representative. …

IHG Priority Club Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards are ending their partnership on June 30, 2012. Members will no longer be able to transfer Membership Rewards points into Priority Club Rewards points after that date. Priority Club continues to partner with Chase Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 transfer ratio. …

Aeromexico is a new airline partner with Choice Privileges and members can now earn 250 Club Premier miles (400 kilometers) per stay or convert 5,000 Choice Privileges points into 1,000 Club Premier miles (1,600 kilometers). Plus, members can earn double miles for stays through June 29, 2012. …

Star Alliance has accepted the membership of EVA Air. The alliance will have eight carriers from the Asia/Pacific region by mid-2013. Air China is the mentor airline that will assist in the integration process. EVA Air, along with other future members, will bring the total Star Alliance members to 30. …

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