Intelligence – January, 18 2013

Intelligence – January, 18 2013

Melia Hotels mas Rewards members can now buy and gift points through a new partnership with Points International Ltd. …

Virgin America is launching nonstop service between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Newark as of April 2, 2013. …

Rumor has it that Virgin Atlantic is evaluating joining the SkyTeam alliance if Delta’s 49 percent stake in the carrier goes through. …

Virgin America Elevate Gold and Silver members can now access a new lounge, the Virgin America Loft at LAX. Gold members get three day passes per year and Silver get two. Others can buy day passes for $40. …

Virgin Australia Velocity members can now earn one mile for each dollar spent at the online fashion retailer ASOS. …

U.S. Congressman John Barrow recently donated 79,000 frequent flyer miles that he accrued from congressional travel in 2012 to the Fisher House Hero Miles Program. …

American Airlines reports that “nearly 100 percent” of the airline’s domestic flights are now WiFi enabled. …

Congratulations goes to Tom Stuker, the first United Airlines customer to fly one million miles in a single year–cruising at 570 miles an hour, a single nonstop flight of one million miles would land 73 days after takeoff. Stuker has 11 million lifetime miles on United. …

Aeromexico Club Premier is now officially 49 percent owned by Aimia, the company that owns Aeroplan. …

Avis Car Rental has been named the “World’s Leading Business Car Rental Company” at the 2012 World Travel Awards, marking the seventh consecutive year that Avis has won the title. …

Along with news that Southwest will be charging a fee for no-shows and increasing the Early Bird check-in fee from $10 to $12.50; the airline said it expects Rapid Rewards to provide another $80 million in 2013. …

TAP Portugal and Emirates are now partners and members can now earn and redeem miles when flying on either carrier. …

Aeromexico and Alaska Airlines are now earn and burn frequent flyer program partners. …

Through June 2012, Southwest Rapid Rewards generated more than $300 million in incremental revenue, as well as a 20 percent increase in new member acquisitions. In the same period, Rapid Rewards partner revenues increased by 46 percent. …

United Airlines is launching new flights between Newark and Edmonton, Canada beginning May 1, 2013. New service between Washington Dulles and Vancouver will begin on June 8, 2013. On June 6, 2013, United will start service between Denver and Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada–the only nonstop service offered from Fort McMurray to the U.S. Fort McMurray will be United’s 18th destination in Canada, the most of any U.S.-based airline. …

Delta SkyMiles no longer partners with e-Miles as of the first of this year. …

Points.com members can now track Dollar EXPRESS Renter Rewards via Points.com. …

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and Emirates Skywards members can now redeem their miles for award flights on flights operated by the partner airline. …

Aeroplan members can now earn more miles with extra (two miles for $3) and supreme (three miles for $3) grade gasoline at Esso stations in Canada; all other gas, car washes and convenience store items purchased at an Esso station earn one mile for every $3 spent.

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