Continental Airlines plans to join the Star Alliance on October 27. The Houston airline will end its participation in the SkyTeam alliance after its last scheduled flight on October 24.

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Southwest Airlines and Wyndham Hotel Group have tied their respective loyalty programs, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards and Wyndham Rewards.

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Brazil’s TAM and Chinese airline Air China will begin codesharing this month on flights that connect Sao Paulo and Beijing via Madrid Barajas Airport.

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With its newly launched ‘Air China Business Travel Card’ series of prepaid debit cards, Air China says it has become China’s first airline to introduce frequent flyer program-related financial cards.

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WestJet is launching a travel rewards credit card this fall, in cooperation with RBC Royal Bank and MasterCard.

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United Airlines and Chase Card Services are offering three new credit cards designed for travelers who desire added comfort when they travel or want to earn mileage points faster for their next award trip.

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Until the end of the year, American Airlines is offering double mileage points to all members of the AAdvantage frequent-flyer program living in the Greater New York area every time they fly on American, American Eagle or AmericanConnection ― no matter where the trip begins or ends.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways and V Australia have begun a frequent-flyer loyalty program cooperation, allowing travelers of either airline to earn miles when flying on the networks of the other.

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Delta Air Lines and the Virgin Blue Airlines Group plan to seek regulatory approval to form a joint venture for flights linking the USA with Australia and the South Pacific.

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American Airlines has entered into a frequent-flyer program agreement with Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes and the two carriers plan to begin a codeshare agreement later this year.

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Travelers with Delta SkyMiles credit cards can earn double miles on all Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines flights through December 31.

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Customers who fly Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air from California’s Bay Area through September 30 can earn up to 40 per cent off the fares for Alaska Airlines’ new nonstop flights between Oakland and the Hawaiian Islands starting this fall.

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