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Our first piece of advice is to wait until later in the summer to apply for any new cards, as it’s possible they will start upping the bonus offers as we get down to the wire. Just make sure you transfer any Membership Rewards points you want to turn into Continental miles by September 30th. But if you want to continue earning Continental miles via a credit card or have access to their lounges after September 30th think about your gameplan now, and consider the following…
Don’t need Continental lounge access, want to earn Continental miles
In this case, the answer is pretty simple — sign up for one of the basic credit cards that earns full Continental/United miles, all of which are from Chase. For now, there are several until they simplify for the merger, most with about a $90 annual fee. If you never used Delta or other Membership Rewards airlines for miles, you may want to consider cancelling your Amex altogether.
Need Continental lounge access
If you want to keep flying Continental and want Continental lounge access, you have these options:
Or, consider another airline altogether in New York
A disproportionate number of Membership Rewards and Platinum Card members live in the New York area, where Continental is for now the biggest airline. If you don’t live in New Jersey you might want to consider switching to Delta, which is rapidly increasing its presence via more flights from close-in LaGuardia and a new terminal at JFK that will be completed in less than two years. While we think Continental/United has the superior mileage program by far, with easier redemption and more options. However New York is probably the best place in the country to be a Delta frequent flyer, as they are trying hard to gain share in the market. They’re happy to match your elite status and have made great strides in improving customer service training. Your Membership Rewards points are good for transfer into Delta SkyMiles at any time.
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