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United / Continental Airlines is starting to advertise the new credit card of the merged airline. It’s called the United Mileage Plus Explorer card and offer two features never before seen together in an airline credit card with an annual fee of less than $100:
Continental flyers will find most of the benefits familiar as it retains the free checked bag of the Continental OnePass Plus credit card as well as primary car rental insurance and travel delay insurance.
United flyers will find it similar to the United MileagePlus Select Visa, with the added benefits of a free checked bag and priority boarding. The annual fee is expected to be $95, waived the first year of membership. The intro bonus is 25,000 miles after your first purchase, with another 5,000 if you add an authorized user. You can also earn 10,000 more if you spend $25,000 in a year.
Holders of the Continental OnePass Plus credit card and United Mileage Plus Select Visa can eventually migrate to the new United Mileage Plus Explorer credit card with no credit checks or other approvals as the programs combine. Current United credit card holders can opt to stay with their existing United card terms even through the merger. The annual fee for Continental OnePass Plus holders will move from $85 to $95, reflecting the enhanced benefits. One downgrade though is the move to only 2 people in your reservation getting a free checked bag versus up to 8 before with the Continental OnePass Plus card.
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