Changing alliances

United and Mexicana are ending their relationship effective March 31, 2004. This move also signals the end for Mexicana’s participation in the Star Alliance.

What remains to be seen is just what’s driving the move. Is Mexicana going to merge with Aeromexico, a Skyteam partner? Is Mexicana looking for an equity investment from another (non-Star) carrier? Was United just looking for too many changes in their operating relationship, and Mexicana wouldn’t budget?

I don’t have the inside scoop on this one — which is unfortunate, because there goes my complimentary Red Carpet Club access via Gold status in the Frecuenta program…

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community Milepoint.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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