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Info on the continuation of the Qualiflyer programme

 
Old Sep 17, 02, 3:20 am
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Info on the continuation of the Qualiflyer programme

In SWISS News, the newsletter of Swiss Airlines, Mrs Sarah Built, General Manager Benelux mentions on 16 September 2002:

SWISS has decided to continue the Qualiflyer programme under a new name - the Swiss TravelClub - from January 1, 2003. Members who are particularly frequent SWISS flyers will continue to enjoy additional benefits within the programme, through their membership of Swiss TravelClub Silver (the equivalent of the present Travelclub) or even Swiss TravelClub Gold (the equivalent of today's Travelclub Gold). And the most frequent travellers of all will still be specially invited to join the Swiss Circle, which is exclusively reserved for the company's very best customers.

Collect and spend miles in the air and on the ground Members of the Swiss TravelClub will not only be able to collect and spend programme miles when they fly SWISS. They will also earn miles on partner carriers - including American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair - who are closely aligned to SWISS in alliance strategy terms. The new programme will also include a number of attractive partners on the ground that now include retailer Coop, whose Supercard points can be exchanged for miles.

Automatic transfer: Qualiflyer members will not need to take any action to have their membership and miles transferred. And current Travelclub members will enjoy corresponding status in the new Swiss TravelClub programme. All Qualiflyer mileage accounts will be automatically continued as Swiss TravelClub mileage accounts from January 1, 2003. Miles already earned will remain valid in accordance with the present General Terms and Conditions; and all awards already issued but not yet used (flight tickets, hotel stays etc.) will also remain valid. Even the membership number will stay the same: only the prefix will change, from
QG to LX. Members can also continue to use their current Qualiflyer Membership Card until they receive their new card, together with full programme details, in January 2003.

Further information is available at http:// www.swiss.com/travelclub

Note Mrs Built's observation on the SWISS partner carriers, she explicitly mentions American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair, closely aligned to SWISS in alliance strategy terms.

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Old Sep 17, 02, 5:08 am
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Could be a possible OW alliance partner in my opinion.
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Old Sep 17, 02, 6:40 am
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What a joke that Swiss won't tell us what the award levels are in the new program! Swiss has known this change would happen for some time which is why they have printing miles (2:1 SPG, 2:1 AMEX) like Brazil prints currency. I am absolutely certain the new program will be materially worse in terms of redemption levels! Call me a cynic, but doesn't it make complete sense? AMEX and SPG pay Swiss per point, Swiss induces lots of people to transfer points and then screws them by changing the program right after people transfer in the points and they collect the money. Those Swiss definitely are savvy.

Does anyone have a different opinion?
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