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Frequent Flier Buzz – News Under the Radar

In the midst of volcanoes and strikes and demonstrations, you might have missed some interesting developments in the world of frequent flier news this week.
 
United Airlines says “keep your money..” – well, at least some of it.  The airline announced this week that its elite members in its Mileage Plus program will no longer have to suffer the indignity of paying a co-pay fee when using miles to upgrade flights in the continental U.S., Alaska or Canada.
 
Frontier Airlines announced that it will end its mileage program partnership with AirTran.  Due in no small part to the union of Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines under the Frontier name last month, the Frontier-AirTran partnership is scheduled to end on July 16, 2010.
 
Delta Airlines announced that beginning fall 2010 elite members of Delta’s SkyMiles program will enjoy upgrade benefits on Alaska Airlines flights as part of the Delta/Alaska partnership extension.
For more information on each of these revelations, contact your Christopherson Travel Advisor.
 

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Continental Airlines Joins Star Alliance

Continental Airlines’ much anticipated entrance into the Star Alliance took place on Tuesday, October 27. Continental brings its young fleet, flier-friendly services and over 60 NEW destinations to the world’s largest airline network. An integral part of Continental’s move to the Star Alliance will be its codeshare agreement with United Airlines. While this agreement will allow travelers to purchase flights on approximately 400 codeshare routes (mainly domestic and Trans-Atlantic) it also heralds the decision by both carriers to synergize best-in-class features for frequent fliers. In fact United recently announced plans to match Continental’s Elite Upgrade policies on its domestic routes beginning 2nd quarter 2010.
So what do you think? A good move for Continental? The Star Alliance? Please share your thoughts with us.
In the meantime, for answers to any questions about what this development means for your OnePass or Mileage Plus accounts or the Star Alliance in general, call Christopherson/Andavo Travel and our travel advisors will be glad to assist.