United Continental Holdings, Inc. has expanded its mobile check-in and mobile boarding-pass service to United Airlines customers traveling on international itineraries.

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The program change is effective for all accounts as of January 1, 2011 and Delta Air Lines says the move makes it the only major U.S. carrier without mileage expiration.

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Visitors can book through March 15 using the promotion, for travel until the end of 2011.

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Due to strong consumer demand for its 17 newly announced scheduled services to Northwest Florida Regional Airport and scheduled services to other Florida airports, Vision Airlines is extending its $49 introductory fare sale to Florida from January 23 to January 31 and has allocated more $49 seats to each flight.

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The SkyTeam iPhone App contains a variety of useful features for travelers, including worldwide airline flight schedules, flight status, weather information with seven-day forecasts, notifications to users of updates and changes, an airport locator and important contact phone numbers.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Enforcement Office has issued a new notice to airlines and ticket agents that they must make completely clear to passengers if a flight they are selling is being operated under a codesharing arrangement.

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Continental Airlines is moving its ticket counter and check-in area at Denver International Airport from Terminal East to Terminal West on January 11 to be adjacent to merger partner United Airlines.

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In the updated program, which Southwst will officially launch on March 1, members can redeem their points for every seat on every flight with no blackout dates or seat restrictions and points will not expire if there is any earning activity in a 24-month time period.

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The airline’s Chengdu transit service provides passengers with a range of tourism services as part of the development of Air China’s Chengdu hub strategy and of Chengdu as a tourist destination.

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Tickets for travel already purchased through Orbitz remain valid but changes must be made through American Airlines reservations by calling 1-800-433-7300.

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Delta Air Lines will reinstate codesharing on flights operated by SkyTeam-alliance partner Aeroméxico on December 29, following the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to upgrade to Category 1 the rating of Mexico’s federal civil aviation authority under ICAO’s International Aviation Safety Assessment program.

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Scandinavian Airlines has published the seventh addition of its annual ‘SAS Crew Guide’, a handily pocket-sized guidebook consisting of flight- and cabin-crew recommendations for accommodation, shopping, dining, sightseeing and nightlife in many of the cities served by SAS and its partner airlines in Star Alliance.

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Continental Airlines has introduced FareLock, a fee-based service option that offers customers the opportunity to hold reservations and lock-in ticket prices for 72 hours or seven days with no commitment to purchase a ticket.

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GOL and Delta Air Lines announced earlier this year that members of their respective frequent flyer programs – SkyMiles and SMILES – could earn miles on all flights operated by either carrier and now customers of either partner can redeem benefits through both programs.

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Airlines from Mexico are now able to launch new services to the United States following a finding by the FAA that Mexico complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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Guests traveling with Virgin America are able to earn bonus points in Virgin America’s Elevate frequent-flyer program by virtually ‘checking in’ at the airline’s airport terminals, gates and other locations. Each ‘check-in’ using location-based mobile applications such as Facebook Places and Foursquare will earn guests 25 Elevate points.

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The new service will operate between Greyhound’s Chicago hub and Milwaukee; Madison, Wisconsin; Minneapolis; Indianapolis; and Lafayette, Indiana. Fares will start at $1 and are now available for purchase.

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The Air Transport Association of America is expectng a 3.5 per cent year-over-year increase in the number of passengers traveling on U.S. airlines during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday season from Friday, November 19 through Tuesday, November 30.

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Minneapolis-based storm-tour company F5 Tours is to host week-long tours in both Oklahoma and Minnesota in search of severe storms during the months of May and June, starting in the 2011 storm season.

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