Details of United’s 2012 Mileage Plus program released

Yesterday United finally unveiled the details of their 2012 Mileage Plus program. Many of you probably remember that I posted about rumored changes to the Mileage Plus program back in August based on what I was told by an inside source. Ultimately there…

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Filed Under: Continental, United
United makes some changes that you’ll actually like!

Per UA Insider on FlyerTalk, United is actually making some positive changes, and there doesn’t seem to be a catch! Improved long-haul comfort with more flat-bed seats. In September, we’ll begin installing all-new flat-bed seats in the premium…

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Filed Under: Continental, United
Details on United’s restrictive “BusinessFirst” upgrade policy to Hawaii

While United has long allowed “unlimited domestic upgrades” to be applied on flights from the mainland to Hawaii, Continental operates internationally configured 767s on their routes between Honolulu and Houston/Newark, which they treat as…

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Filed Under: Continental, United
Continental adds functionality to their online award search tool

Continental actually has a surprisingly good online award search tool, probably the best of any Star Alliance program that searches more than a single day at a time. This past weekend it got even better, as they added a couple of useful features. First…

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Filed Under: Continental
Quite some aircraft swaps for the “new” United in Asia this fall

FlyerTalk member Bear96 posted about some upcoming equipment changes to the new United in Asia. The changes so far are as follows: · HKG-SGN moves from UA 747 to CO 737 (effective October 30, 2011) · HKG-SIN moves from UA 747 to CO 737 (effective October…

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Filed Under: Continental, United
United and Continental start cross-fleeting

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while now, so I guess it’s still better late than never. There are a lot of senior flight attendants that live in Tampa and commute to Washington, doing nothing but Asia and Europe flying. I end…

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Filed Under: Continental, United
Another example of why it never hurts to ask….

Yesterday I blogged about the great sign up bonus of 50,000 miles after the first purchase that Chase is offering on the Continental OnePass Mastercard. As I mentioned in the post, I signed up for the card just under three months ago when the sign up…

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Filed Under: Chase, Continental
How to book Continental one way awards… sort of kind of…

Unlike United, Continental doesn’t allow one way award tickets, which is a huge frustration to many. However, The Points Guy outlines a way to kind of book a one way award. Basically, Continental doesn’t actually require you to book a roundtrip…

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Filed Under: Awards, Continental
Continental changes the terms of their status match program

It seems that as of a few days ago, Continental has changed the terms of their status match program. Previously, Continental was one of the most generous airlines when it came to status matching, granting matches to even their top tier Platinum status…

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Filed Under: Continental
United and Continental to begin cross-fleeting

Ah, one of the most frustrating pre-merger airline practices is about to begin — cross-fleeting! That’s when a merged airline isn’t yet flying under the same operating certificate, yet they deploy planes on each others routes. Well,…

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Filed Under: Continental, United
United/Continental elite program changes coming

Well, United and Continental have announced some changes to their mileage program for next year to further align the programs. Based on this thread on FlyerTalk, you would think the world is coming to an end. Before I provide my thoughts, check out the…

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Filed Under: Continental, United
Well, here comes the Continental/United merger…

Mentally, for me, the Continental/United merger just went from being an abstract thought to a reality. Check out this picture of the first Continental 737 being repainted in, well, Continental colors (with the United name stamped on it). And rumor has…

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Filed Under: Continental, United
Continental/American Express partnership to end. Ouch!

While this is hardly surprising thanks to the merger with United and strong ties that both companies have with Chase, it still stings. The partnership between American Express and Continental will officially be ending on September 30, 2011 (yes, that’s…

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Filed Under: American Express, Continental
Give me my miles, Chase/Continental!

Sheesh, what a pain! Last year I got 50,000 Continental OnePass miles without a hitch by signing up for a personal and business debit card. I signed up for new accounts yet again back in April, and as I mentioned at the time, I had an issue with getting…

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Filed Under: Continental
United and Continental to announce merger on Monday

The Wall Street Journal reports that United and Continental are expected to announce a merger on Monday. Oh boy. Not even sure where to start on this one. First of all, I guess, this was absolutely necessary. If you had asked me a couple of years ago…

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Filed Under: Continental, United
I’m frustrated and need your help (awful Continental debit card experience)!

This afternoon at around 3PM I finally got around to going to my local Chase branch and opening up a personal and business checking account to earn a total of 50,000 miles. I did this last year and it was among the easiest 50,000 miles I’ve ever…

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Filed Under: Continental
Continental eliminates free meals in coach on many flights — smart move

Starting this fall, Continental will eliminate free meals in coach on domestic flights shorter than six hours. This move should provide an annual benefit of $35 million to them, between cost savings and additional revenue. Frankly I think this is a smart…

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Filed Under: Continental
Continental to offer exit row seating for a fee

Starting March 17, Continental will start selling exit row seating for a fee (which varies based on the length of the flight). Of course Continental elites can continue to reserve exit rows in advance for free, and the same will be true for United elites…

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Filed Under: Continental
Joan Rivers gets denied boarding — can you say “DYKWIA?”

Check out this clip from Larry King Live, as Joan Rivers discusses her recent denied boarding on Continental: My first observation is how entitled she sounds, suggesting they should call the captain because he would know who she is. This is an interesting…

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Filed Under: Continental, Media
Please let me pay for my cookies!

As some of you may recall, I went to my local Chase branch last week to open a checking account to earn 25,000 Continental miles. The debit card that I have to use at least five (or maybe six) times arrived yesterday, and I tried to make six small transactions…

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Filed Under: Continental, Free Miles/Points
How does this still happen nowadays?

Check out this Star Tribune article about an ExpressJet ERJ (operating on behalf of Continental) diverting to Rochester. Basically passengers were stuck in this absolute torture tube of a plane overnight. Of course no one accepts responsibility, and…

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Filed Under: Continental, Media
The flights you should take domestically

As many of you may have guessed by the title, I’m talking about aircraft with longhaul configurations that fly domestically. They can be a great way to upgrade into a premium cabin, and best of all upgrades are often easier due to the large size…

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Filed Under: Advice, American
I’ll have what the DOJ is having, please

What’s the Department of “Justice” smoking? According to this Reuter’s article, “the U.S. Justice Department opposes broad antitrust immunity for Continental Airlines Inc (CAL.N) to join UAL Corp’s (UAUA.O) United…

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Filed Under: Continental, United