Star Alliance carrier COPA is launching their own frequent flyer program this coming summer and exiting from United’s MileagePlus.
But it appears they’re not the only Star Alliance airline that may leave a coalition program to strike out on their own.
Now it appears that Brussels Airlines may go it alone, apart from Lufthansa’s Miles & More… at least based on this job posting. (HT: Delvind H.)
Brussels Airlines will soon launch an innovative frequent flyer program (FFP). We are building a new loyalty competence centre and are looking for an entrepreneurial team that will successfully drive the development of this program.
I don’t have a sense for what the program will look like, though as a European program I’d bet that it will add fuel surcharges onto the cost of award tickets though I certainly hope those continue to fall.
I certainly like more options — more award chart competition, more airlines that can partner with credit card companies to allow points transfers, more possibility for innovation in award rules and elite benefits.