ANA and Philippine Airlines plan to begin codesharing on flights between Japan and the Philippines on October 26. They also plan to begin offering reciprocal privileges in their frequent-flyer programs at the same time.

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Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia are claiming a world first for frequent flyers, by allowing members of their respective KrisFlyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty programs to convert their miles and points from either program to the other.

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TAM and US Airways significantly expand the oneworld alliance in many key areas. Together, they increase the number of passengers carried annually across the alliance network by a third, adding another 120 million customers a year.

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The move by Spirit Airlines appears to run directly counter to the trend of airlines changing their loyalty programs to award more mileage points to customers spending more dollars rather than awarding points based on the distance customers fly.

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Delta Air Lines has announced long-expected changes to its SkyMiles loyalty program which will shift the earning of redeemable mileage points from the current model based on distance traveled to a new model based on ticket price. The change will become effective for travel on flights from January 1, 2015.

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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways took the first step in connecting their networks on January 26. Southwest Airlines says it is on pace to connect the two networks fully in April.

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Alaska Airlines and AeroMexico have signed a frequent flier and codeshare agreement to connect their networks and bring more options to travelers flying between Mexico and several cities on the U.S. West Coast and in Alaska.

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Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin America have signed cooperative marketing agreements with each other in order to expand the reach of their respective networks and provide a range of new travel benefits for their customers.

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From July 1, members of JetBlue Airways’ customer loyalty program TrueBlue will be able to earn TrueBlue points across Emirates’ network of more than 120 destinations worldwide. Emirates’ Skywards members will be able to earn Skywards Miles throughout JetBlue’s network.

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Members of Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards and AirTran Airways’ A+ Rewards frequent-flyer programs are now able to transfer their loyalty rewards between the two programs. This will allow members to combine rewards from the two airlines’ frequent-flyer programs.

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The three airlines have agreed to a global partnership that for the first time allows each airline’s loyalty-program members to redeem miles or points when taking flights on any of the sister-branded airlines across their respective route networks.

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American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are expanding their long-standing relationship by offering additional reciprocal benefits to elite-status members of American’s AAdvantage Program and Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan.

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American Airlines has launched a frequent-flyer agreement with oneworld member-elect Kingfisher Airlines, allowing members of each airline’s loyalty program to earn and redeem miles on each other’s network.

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From June 1, JAL Mileage Bank members can earn mileage on all flights operated by China Eastern Airlines on Japan-China routes, as well as on Chinese domestic routes.

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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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Hospitality and travel company Carlson is renaming its ‘goldpoints plus’ hotel loyalty program as ‘Club Carlson’, with the new program offering additional redemption and earning features upon its launch on March 31.

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From September 1 to October 31, 2010, members of Carlson’s goldpoints plus guest loyalty program (and those who enroll) can obtain the Business Class upgrade for $5 at all Radisson hotels in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, instead of the average $30 price.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin America and V Australia/Virgin Blue have teamed to allow each airline’s loyalty-program members to earn miles or points when taking flights on their sister-branded airlines. As of the second quarter of 2011, members of any Virgin program will also be able to redeem points through any other Virgin carrier.

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InterContinental Hotels Group’s Priority Club Rewards loyalty program has launched a new reward option, Flights Anywhere, which lets members redeem points or combine points and cash to book flights worldwide without restrictions on seat availability.

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