Well, it’s official. Continental is now a part of the Star Alliance, and within minutes of the clock ticking midnight in Houston FlyerTalk’s CO Insider posted some details. They’re all worth a read, but here are some of the highlights:
Expanded lounge access for Presidents Club members. Presidents Club members and up to two guests will now have access to United Airlines Red Carpet Clubs and US Airways Clubs without any same-day ticket requirement.
This is definitely the biggest news. I was expecting this, although it’s nice to finally see it confirmed. I would expect the same reciprocal lounge access to be the case for United Red Carpet Club members, although I haven’t seen confirmation of that yet.
Qantas partnership to end. Many of you saw this coming, and the date has been set. Continental’s OnePass partnership with Qantas will end on December 17, 2009. After this date, OnePass reward redemption and mileage earning on Qantas will no longer be offered.
Nothing shocking there, and not that this is a huge loss since the “devaluation” a while back.
Three partners not yet ready for redemption. There are three Star Alliance members that we will not have redemption capability on day one. They are: SWISS, EgyptAir and Shanghai Airlines. We expect SWISS and EgyptAir to be available for reward redemption by early/mid-November. Shanghai Airlines will likely take longer.
This is interesting. Not sure whether they still have contracts to work out or it’s a technological limitation, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon.