Intelligence – July, 18 2014

Intelligence – July, 18 2014

According to a new travel report entitled, The Great American Vacation Study: How Travelers Seek, Shop and Save, travel loyalty programs are popular with the affluent with more than 71 percent of people earning at least $100,000 belonging to a rewards program, and the percentage goes up with income. … Delta is resuming flights to Barbados after a gap of three years starting Dec. 4, 2014. Flights will operate Thursdays and Saturdays from Atlanta and New York. Delta is also launching seasonal nonstop service from Atlanta to St. Croix on Saturdays from Dec. 20, 2014 to May 10, 2015. … Carlson plans to purchase JPMorgan Chase’s remaining 45 percent stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel and says it will have additional capital to invest in its hotel business. … Following the launch of the partnership between Aeroplan and Shop.ca, the site’s sales in May were over seven times higher than before the partnership. … Air India is now an official partner in the Star Alliance and will add a total of 400 daily flights and 35 destinations in India to the alliance’s network. … American Airlines is launching new service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Edmonton, San Antonio and Vancouver, B.C. from Oct. 2, 2014 and to Tampa from Nov. 6. There are now 53 destinations for American from LAX. … United Airlines has installed 20 Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks at Newark Liberty International Airport. Arriving travelers can scan their passports and follow a series of on-screen instructions to obtain a receipt confirming their identity and flight information that they can then present to a customs officer for final processing. This should expedite the arrival process and is available for international passengers with a U.S. or Canadian passport. Similar kiosks have already been installed at Chicago and Houston. … United has applied to the DOT to begin nonstop service between Guam and Shanghai beginning Oct. 28, 2014, and will offer daily service between Houston and Santiago, Chile beginning Dec. 7, 2014. … Air India is now an earn and burn partner with Aeroplan and is Aeroplan’s 32nd airline partner. … Le Club Accorhotels members can now transfer their points into Aeromexico Club Premier kilometers. Two Le Club points equals one Club Premier kilometer. … Delta now has new nonstop service between Seattle and Hong Kong, the carrier’s fifth new international destination from Seattle this year. Other new routes for Delta include daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to Monterrey, Mexico; seasonal service between New York (JFK) and Malaga, Spain as well as Pisa, Italy. … Hainan Airlines now has nonstop service between Boston and Beijing – the first nonstop service between the two cities. There are 36 fully lie-flat seats and business class passenger within a 30-mile radius of Boston Logan will have access to complimentary ground transfers to and from the airport. … Rumor has it that El Al is looking to spin off the airline’s frequent flyer program into a separate entity. … Hilton HHonors and Garuda Indonesia GardudaMiles are now partners and members of both loyalty programs can earn 10 HHonors points and one GarudaMiles mile for every dollar spent during their Hilton stay. Stays at Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites will have a cap of 100 Garuda miles per stay.

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