Continental and United Airlines Become New Best Friends

June 23, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
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Continental AirlinesContinental Airlines announced last week that they will be changing affiliate partners. Continental and United airlines will become alliance partners scheduling code-share flights and sharing frequent flier and elite club reciprocity. Until now, Continental has been a member of the Sky Team Alliance with Delta and Northwest Airlines, but with the announcement of Delta’s intention to merge with Northwest, Continental obviously feels it’s time to move on. Continental will now join the Star Alliance with United Airlines and US Airways.

The regulatory process and transition to the new alliance will take up to a year to complete, so there’s plenty of time to think about how best to use your One Pass frequent flyer miles. At present you can redeem Continental miles for flights on CO, DL & NW. In the future you’ll be able to redeem for flights on CO, UA & US, as well as a variety of international carriers in each alliance.

It will be interesting to see how this change effects Continental’s participation in the American Express Membership Rewards Program. Currently miles from Amex can be transferred to Continental Airlines frequent flyer accounts, (as is the case with Delta and Northwest). Since United and US Airways do not participate in the American Express Memberships Rewards Program, it will be interesting to see if Continental drops out in the coming year.

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