Continental Airlines Presidential Plus MasterCard

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NOTE: As of March 2012, new applications for the Continental Presidential Plus credit card are no longer being accepted with the completion of the United Airlines / Continental Airlines merger.

  • If you are an existing Presidential Plus card holder: Your benefits will not change, and you can continue to use your card as long as you keep the account in good standing. Chase and United are honoring the benefits, including elite qualifying mile earning.
  • If you do not have a Presdiential Plus card, the replacement is the United Club Card. It is nearly identical except 1) it no longer earns elite qualifying miles, and 2) it earns 1.5 miles per dollar spent instead of the basic 1 mile per dollar spent of the old Presidential Plus. Read a full review here.

Features [CARD NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS]

Annual fee: $395
Intro Bonus: $95 statement credit after first purchase. (Note: Some people are reporting an offer with the first year completely free)
Earning: 1 mile per dollar spent
Foreign Exchange Transaction Fee: Waived
Miles can be used for travel with:  Continental Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asia Air, BMI, Singapore, South African,  Qantas, Emirates, Swiss, Thai, and many more.

Other benefits:

  • Airport Club access: The card gives you access to all Continental, United, and US Airways airport lounges, in addition to hundreds of Star Alliance parnter lounges worldwide when travelling on a Star Alliance ticket. Typically this access alone can cost you $400 or more per year.
  • Earn 1,000 Flex Elite Qualification Miles (Flex EQMs) for every $5,000 in purchases. These miles are valid to use for 3 calendar years. You can use them toward the first 75,000 qualifying miles in any given calendar year. [No longer available to new card accounts - only those with Presidential Plus cards prior to the launch of the United Club credit card have this benefit]
  • First *and* second checked bag fee waived: A savings of up to $120 per roundtrip on BOTH United and Continental, for up to 2 people in your reservation.
  • PremierAccess Benefits: Priority boarding on all  United flights and priority security access at airports with PremierAccess lanes. United priority benefits are also now active.
  • Hyatt Hotels Platinum status: Offering bonus points with every stay and preferred room options.
  • Primary car rental insurance. Collision coverage applies without having to use your personal policy.

Our review: Good deal for non-elite, but frequent United/US Airways travelers

If airport lounge access is important to you and you frequently travel with United or US Airways, this card gives you access to both for one price. If you are not yet an ‘elite’ member of their programs, the first and second bag checked fee waiver is valuable — worth up to $120 per roundtrip on United or Continental, while the priority airport services give you the same shorter lines elite members enjoy.

Otherwise United offers the lower fee  United Mileage Plus Explorer credit cardwith simple mileage earning, a first checked bag fee waived on  United, priority boarding, two club passes, and similar travel protection benefits. Click here to see a full comparison of all United Airlines credit cards.

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121 thoughts on Continental Airlines Presidential Plus MasterCard

  1. Lau

    I am not happy with the Presidential plus master card.
    Annual fee $375
    Credit limit compare to the normal Chase master card or Amex, it is less.
    Special Occasion – They will not give a one time Special shopping limit when you buy somethings out of the credit limit. Even you willing to deposit the money into account before you go for your one time expensive shopping. This Amex will do.
    Suppose – 1st priority to board at the United Air but the United Air already decided the boarding group, no matter you are the Presidential Plus card holder, they do not allow you go have 1st priority for boarding.
    Travel – Website does not work. Customer Services on the phone not willing to help.
    The only one good thing is the amount you shop goes to the United Airlines milages. But normal Chase Visa also can.

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  2. Mel

    I have a United Presidential Plus Card and an Amex Starwood preferred card. Which offers the best insurance protection when renting a car in the united states (hawaii)? thanks.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Mel – Use your Presidential Plus, it offers primary auto collision coverage, so you won’t have to pay your personal insurance deductible. The American Express coverage is supplementary to your personal plan.

      Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Wilbur- No – your boarding pass should say Zone ’3′ on it, which is the priority boarding zone for this card. If it doesn’t, call Chase to get it fixed.

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  3. wilbur mein

    I have a Continental Presidential Plus card and had a separate card for the Presidents Club that Expired in July. What do I now show to access the club??

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  4. Hannah

    I am flying British Airways from Tel Aviv to New York, with a layover at Heathrow. Will I be able to gain access to any lounges with my Presidential Plus Mastercard but without an actual United/Continental ticket?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Hannah – Unfortunately no – there are no United Clubs in Tel Aviv or Heathrow. To use the partner lounges you would need to be traveling on a Star Alliance airline, and British Airways is not. They belong to ‘OneWorld.’

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  5. John

    “You can use them toward the first 75,000 qualifying miles in any given calendar year.” ihave this old presidentail card from continental and am presently a gold member.
    my aim is to hit 100k at the end of the year, looking at my itenary i will hit 98200 miles at the end of the year i want to use my flex miles to comeplete the 100k.

    My question is since from this site i can only use my flex miles with tis card for my first 75k? will be able to use it for my first 100k?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @John – Unfortunately United won’t let you use the flex miles to hit the 100k ’1K’ elite level. They are trying to keep membership at that level limited to people who earn 100,000 miles via flying or purchasing elite qualifying miles via the booster options.

      But at least you can save your flex miles for next year and use them to hit 75,000 if you’re running short.

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      1. Peter

        Hi John…so I just got off the phone with United talking about this exact thing. No, you cannot use the elite premier miles to get to 1K status but you can go to http://www.united.com/choices. As a Card holder you can use 10,000 FF miles for 1,000 elite miles up to 5,000 miles to get to elite status…..I just did this for the extra 2,000 miles I needed and it seems to work great! Hope this helps….not the best laid plans but as long as I get 1K status I am appreciative. – Peter

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        1. MileCards

          @Peter- Thanks for sharing. Didn’t realize the old Choices program still existed, and works for the Explorer / OnePass Plus cards. Worked for us too when we just checked.

          Reply
  6. Thomas Chu

    I f I buy a ticket for my daughter using my Continental Airlines Presidential Plus , will she be able to access lounge free?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Thomas- Unfortunately no, the lounge access is via the United Club membership card they send with your name listed. You must be traveling with her to grant her lounge access.

      Reply
  7. Dr B.

    What benefits do I receive by paying for my airline ticket with Chase ContinentalOnePass Presidential Plus vs using my AMEX centurion card? Do I receive elite miles? Do I receive 150% of the airline miles?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Dr B. – You earn 1000 in elite miles for every $5000 you spend on the Presidential Plus, though that can be on anything, not just airline tickets. Note though the elite miles you earn can only be used toward status up to and including Platinum. You can’t use elite miles earned from the credit card to reach the 1K 100,000 mile elite level. You also get 2x miles per dollar for buying a United ticket with the card.

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  8. Joseph Watters

    I would not recommend any card issued by Chase. You are easily open to fraud, as I was. I was charged $2646.00 after my account was hacked. Chase replaced my card, however, they will not remove the charge and seem not interested in the problem.

    Reply
  9. Alec

    I was thinking about adding my son as an authorized user. Would I get charged another annual fee( on top of the annual fee I already pay) for adding him? Would he also get the benefit o acess the united Club? Are all of the benifits the same for him as they are for me?

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  10. Annette

    The last time I flew with my family using my presidential plus card (there were 6 of us) all of our bags were not charged as the tickets were linked to my account. Now I am seeing that only 2 people will have their bags travel without a fee. This is very distressful as the main reason I purchased this card was for exactly this reason. Is there another card that would be better for me. I am also getting very dissatisfied with the service on United. While I fly on business frequently I never really get to the gold level and with United taking away most of the perks of Silver elite I am considering using different carriers or possibly changing my credit card.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Annette – Unfortunately yes they did lower the number of people in your reservation eligible for free checked bags. If you want to walk away from United altogether Delta’s credit cards offer the free checked bag for up to 8 people, and American’s cards offer it for up to 4 people.

      http://milecards.com/3568/best-delta-credit-card-it-might-not-say-delta-on-the-card/

      As for Silver level benefits unfortunately you’ll find a similar story over at Delta — if you want Economy Plus you’ll have to pay for it unless you’re Gold, and the boarding priority and baggage benefits are identical. At its Gold level (equivalent to Silver) American requires you to pay for upgrades, and there is no Economy Plus at all.

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  11. tpkellytx

    I have a preseidential plus card, though my husband is the “primary” cardholder. I find that I cannot access the lounges when I am traveling alone. Is this true?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @tpkellytx Yes that’s right. You can purchase a discounted spouse membership for about $250 — just call the number on the back of his membership card for details.

      Reply
  12. Tom in Houston

    Are there any additional benefits (other than the mile for every dollar spent) to purchasing United airfare on the Presidential Plus credit card? Thank you.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Tom – In order to receive the free checked bag benefit you are officially supposed to purchase the ticket using your card

      Reply
  13. Mark

    As a continental presidential plus card holder, do I receive the baggage fee waiver when using reward miles with no elite status. I fly infrequently, but accumulate many miles through purchases. Do I need to convert EQM to attain elite status to get the free baggage. I am not interested in the club access as much as free baggage on reward tickets and prioirity access. Maybe I should downgrade the card for lower fees?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Mark – You get the baggage waiver as a card holder regardless of your elite status.

      If you only value priority boarding and one checked bag then maybe the cheaper United Explorer card is a better deal. Just note it only gives you priority boarding and not priority security lanes or checkin.

      And once you give up the Presidential Plus you will not have an option to earn elite status via credit card spend.

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      1. Mark

        Even when using a reward ticket? I have been charged the bag fee previously when using mileage for travel and had to fight it out with a reservation agent.

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        1. MileCards

          @Mark – Yes, even when on a reward ticket. You are supposed to use the card to pay for the associated taxes to be eligible.

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  14. mike in ny

    hi. i have a platinum amex and got the continental presidential plus card because of the ‘breakup’. i’m flying to san juan on february 16 for a cruise during the prime time blackout period – my son is a teacher and he has to vacation when the students do. i called united to get reward tickets (and hopefully business class) but the united rep was no help and told me that there is no benefit the card can give us. so i have tons of points but i apparently can’t use them.

    is this correct or am i not asking the right questions?

    thanks.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Mike – As long as a seat is available for sale you can reserve it with miles as a Presidential Plus cardholder. Now, it will cost you 2x miles than a ‘saver’ award, but there should be nothing blocking you other than the flight being outright sold out. Looks like in this case their system is choking up because this flight is a 2 cabin flight that’s listed as having business class and coach class, but not ‘first class’ and coach class. So when an agent looks for first class it looks sold out, but if they specifically look for business class award space it will come up. Just tell them to force it to look for ‘business’ class inventory if it shows sold out.

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  15. Pat

    I have accumulated tons of miles through use of the Presidential Plus card and am a silver elite member. BUT there is no way I can find an upgrade from economy to business class by using this card. So why should I pay $395 per year? Just for the lounge use?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Pat – Yes it is unfortunate that Silver Premier status doesn’t get first class upgrades frequently anymore. Most people pay the fee on this card for the lounge access — $395 is less than the cost of lounge access on its own.

      Reply
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  17. Jeff

    Hi

    I got this credit cardin Sept last year. I had purchased tickets for a flight in early April prior to receiving this card. When I go to check in with my family, if I show the card, will I get the bag check benefit at this point (do they know which card I purchased the tickets on?). I assume the check in and security benefit will be no problem. Please help.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Ben

      Yes. As long as you check in at the first class counter it will allow you and your travel mates to add 2 free bags each. I had the same concern last year on 3 flights and it worked out fine.

      Reply
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  19. dwynns

    I have a presidential plus card will i still be able to check in first class line with mileage plus card?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @dwynns – Yes, your benefits continue to be valid with United Mileage Plus and you can use the standard ‘Priority Access’ lane for checkin. The only change is that they now board flights with zone numbers, and Presidential Plus card holders are in Zone ’4′, which is still considered a ‘Priority Access’ zone.

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      1. Paul

        One of the reasons I purchased this card was for the Elite Access at boarding. In a recent flight to/from Miami my boarding pass was given Zone 8, the last zone to be boarded. I questioned this to the gate agent and she said your Elite Access doesn’t mean anything anymore – we board by zone.

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        1. MileCards

          @Paul – They did change the boarding process. Presidential Plus card holders board in Zone 4 now — which is with the Silver Premier members, but behind the 1K / Platinum / Gold flyers. It is also ahead of the United Explorer and Economy class boarding zones which are 5 – 8.

          Your pass was showing Zone 8 by computer error — hopefully that is fixed by now.

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    1. MileCards

      @Kathleen – Yes that’s true unless you’re traveling in the same reservation in which case 2 of you can enjoy the benefits.

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  20. Pecan

    Wow, I must’ve just snuck in under the wire. I got my Presidential Plus card in the mail yesterday (still marked as “Continental” on the card but rep just calls it “United”) but I think I applied online the first week in March. Great website as all the card options are confusing. I was wondering if you could do a comparison of this PP card vs the Sapphire Preferred? Sapphire is great with the 50k mile signon bonus and lower $95 annual fee (waived first year) while PP gives you blue/red carpet and lounge access but costs $395 ($300 the first year), but if I had to choose one, what comes up on top? I’m not an elite member of any airline and don’t check bags but travel domestically from coast to coast 5-6x/year…. I’m leaning towards Sapphire for the flexibility of points/miles (I have a Chase Freedom as well) but what do you think?

    Also, PP says you have priority privileges from check-in to security lines and boarding…if I have an economy seat, how will they know to give me priority check-in to security lines at the airport? Do I show them my PP credit card or will my boarding pass allow me to go into the Premier check-in through security??

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  21. Pecan

    Wow, I must’ve just snuck in under the wire. I got my Presidential Plus card in the mail yesterday (still marked as “Continental” on the card but rep just calls it “United”) but I think I applied online the first week in March. Great website as all the card options are confusing. I was wondering if you could do a comparison of this PP card vs the Sapphire Preferred? Sapphire is great with the 50k mile signon bonus and lower $95 annual fee (waived first year) while PP gives you blue/red carpet and lounge access but costs $395 ($300 the first year), but if I had to choose one, what comes up on top? I’m not an elite member of any airline and don’t check bags but travel domestically from coast to coast 5-6x/year…. I’m leaning towards Sapphire for the flexibility of points/miles (I have a Chase Freedom as well) but what do you think?

    Also, PP says you have priority privileges from check-in to security lines and boarding…if I have an economy seat, how will they know to give me priority check-in to security lines at the airport? Do I show them my PP credit card or will my boarding pass allow me to go into the Premier check-in through security??

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Pecan- Yes you did sneak in under the wire.

      For point earning the Sapphire Preferred wins because of 2x points on all dining and travel purchases.

      The Pres Plus card comes down to how much you value United Club access. If you fly say 6x a year that’s 12 possible times you’d use the club. At $395 per year that’s about $30 per visit. If you bring a guest each time it’s $15/visit in value.

      Without the card you can buy a single visit pass to the club for $50 per person, so you’re enjoying a significant discount that gets bigger the more you use it.

      The priority benefits are tied to your frequent flyer number so your boarding passes will say “Premier Access” on them.

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  22. mohammad

    What happens if you were a mortons VIP member, do you still get to retain your VIP status even though the program is currently not running anymore.

    Reply
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  24. Aly

    Hello,

    I’m currently a Continental OnePass member, as well as a Chase Sapphire card holder. I’m considering applying for the Continental World MasterCard.

    If I use that card to purchase a ticket on JetBlue, does that offer priority boarding on that airline? I don’t believe they are a Star Alliance member. Thank you.

    Reply
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  26. Jane

    I have a Continental OnePass Visa card and booked my family flights using that card for payment. I logged in to print our boarding passes and pre-pay for luggage – expecting to have each member of my family receive 1 free bag and only having to pay for overages. Continental switched us to a United flight (unbeknownst to me) and United claims the card doesn’t have that benefit. Suggestions on how to resolve this? Customer service suggested I take it up with the agent at the airport.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Jane – Is it a OnePass “Plus” card? That’s the one that gets a free checked bag for up to 2 people and is supposed to be a MasterCard. If your Chase Visa is an older OnePass card it doesn’t have the benefit, but you can request an upgrade to the card, or apply fresh.

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  27. chad

    I will be travelling to Europe this summer on Continental. I have a Presidents Plus card which I will not be using to pay for my ticket. I do have a Continental 0ne Pass number, will I be able to have 2 free baggage with Economy Flight, and do I have to show my Presidential Plus card to the ticket agent at the airport to get my FB. Also what lounges can I use at Heathrow airport with my PP card?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Chad – Officially you’re supposed to pay with the card but some have reported the benefit is just tied to the frequent flyer number associated with the card so if that matches it may work. See here for discussion

      http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/united-mileageplus-consolidated/1241394-continental-president-plus-card-baggage-fee-waiver.html

      On Heathrow lounges – there are several – you’re covered in most terminals there except the British Airways one.

      Available lounges include Star Alliance Lounge, BMI, SkyTeam Lounge in T4, Singapore Airlines lounge, SAS Lounge, and the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge.

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  28. Eflyer

    Hi
    I have understanding of the different benefits of the Pres Plus and Am Ex Platinum cards. I feel the Am Ex deal is useless because there is no priority access for check in & security, like the Elite Access…..why have access to great clubs if you can’t get there in a timely manner?!?! My dilemma is that I fly out of EWR to SLC, UT quite often for work, could even do JFK if needed. What card would best suit that travel as Delta is the SLC Hub and no continental flights go direct?

    Thank you for your help!

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Eflyer – If this is the case, you can do almost all of your traveling on Delta. In this instance, you could apply for the Delta Reserve card and both gain access to all of the Delta lounges as well as receive priority boarding for flights. Unfortunately it does not include priority security or check in — those are benefits unique to the Continental / United card. If club access is not important to you, a Delta Gold card with a lower annual fee offers the priority boarding and free checked bag benefit as well.

      http://milecards.com/1748/delta-airlines-credit-cards/

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  29. FG

    I am confused on the Flex EQMs with this Presidential Plus Card. If I were to spend $100,000 per year on this card, will I receive 20,000 flight miles that can be used toward my elite status with United and Continental? Will these Flex EQMs be added to my actual flight miles toward elite status?
    I cut and pasted the following from your site:
    “Earn 1,000 Flex Elite Qualification Miles (Flex EQMs) for every $5,000 in purchases. These miles are valid to use for 3 calendar years. You can use them toward the first 75,000 qualifying miles in any given calendar year.”
    Can you explain this in more detail?
    Many thanks for your help!!

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @FG – You’re interpreting it correctly. The Flex EQMs you earn can be added to the flight miles you earn toward elite status. You choose when and how many of them to apply in any given year — they are valid to use for up to 3 years from when they are earned. So, you could spread that 20,000 flight miles as 10,000 in one year, 5,000 the following, and 5,000 in the 3rd. Or just use them all in one year. Only catch is if you’ve earned 75,000 flight miles without the credit card in a single year, you can’t use Flex EQMs that year. They don’t want you to be able to earn beyond their Platinum status using credit card earned flight miles.

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      1. Mike

        If you spend $100,000 during a year on the Presidential Plus card, and use that as 20,000 EQM, do you loose the 100,000 flight miles (i.e., for award tickets)? Also, do you expect United to offer a similar card?

        Reply
        1. MileCards

          @Mike- You would keep all the flight miles for award tickets you earned — the EQMs are completely separate. United will be launching the ‘United Mileage Plus Club Card’ soon, though it’s not clear that it will retain the EQM earning feature. Unfortunately new applications are no longer being accepted for the Presidential Plus.

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      2. cece

        So I have had this card for a while. Used the flex points to get me to platinum last year and definitely see the difference. What I am having a hard time understanding is when my platinum status ends…and when I should use my stash of flex points to re-up. So for instance…I think I understand that my current platinum status expires at the end of February (maybe?). I have enough flex-points to re-up now…but I assume I should wait and do it in February after I expire or about the same time? Or does it matter?? Or will it automatically extend my status for another year from the point of expiration whenever I do it?
        I am not in danger of losing the flex points yet (3 year thing) so I am not in a mad rush…just trying to understand how best to utilize them. Sure wish I could gift them to my husband!! Unfortunately he did not get this card before it went away. Although…since we do nearly all of our travel together it seems that he really does not need the card himself. Do you agree?

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        1. MileCards

          @cece – If you have flight miles already counting toward your elite status total this year, then if you top them off with your flex miles by the end of this calendar year you will have Platinum status extended to February of 2014, instead of the current February 2013 expiration you already have.

          If you wait until next year to do it you’ll need to apply a full 75000 flex miles, as the flight miles you earned this year won’t count anymore.

          As for your husband…it certainly helps that you travel together, since he will enjoy nearly identical upgrade priority as you when booked in the same reservation.

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          1. cece

            Thanks so much for the clear explanation – now I finally get it!
            I read a post on FF forum that says some people are getting a united version of the presidential plus card by calling in and requesting it even though it is not being publicized…heard anything about that?
            If it were possible to get, do you think it is worth my husband getting it as well so that he could also attain platinum status. As I said we nearly always travel together so I am not sure what the purpose is if he can get what I get by virtue of traveling with me.
            Are there any other credit cards that can get you status just by using the cards like the PP? If so, maybe we should be looking at one of those instead for him.
            We travel internationally 3 or more times a year and domestically 6-8 times- but rarely ever pay…unless it is a business trip…so most all of our points and status are through our business credit card usage.

    1. MileCards

      @Tyler- We don’t have any new insight into that, but say best not to consider that as something to count on year in and year out. But if you already have the card it can’t hurt to ask.

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  31. Todd

    So I recently received my Chase Continental Presidential Plus card and have used it frequently. I have not had any problems, but I was curious as to when the award miles are applied to my One Pass account. I am counting on the bonus 1000 EQM (after 5000$ spent) miles to help me make Platinum Elite status. Does the bonus enter the One Pass account after the monthly pay cycle?

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    1. MileCards

      @jimbo – Unfortunately no. You’ll need to buy a separate ‘spouse’ membership to the United Club at a discounted rate of $150 per year. Here is the answer from Continental/United:

      Will my spouse receive a membership as well?

      No, only the primary Cardmember will receive a United Club membership. A spouse membership may be added for $150 per year by contacting the United Club Service Center at 1-800-322-2640.

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      1. Mike

        If you pay the extra $150/year for your spouse’s card, in addtion to club membership, does she get the other benefits of the card – e.g., checking bags for free, priority in lines, etc.?

        Reply
        1. MileCards

          @Mike- No, the Premier Access and luggage benefits are only for the primary card holder. Though your spouse can enjoy the benefits, including the free checked bags if booked in the same reservation as you.

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  33. Tara

    Hi,

    I am trying to decide whether to get this card. I do a lot of traveling abroad so the 2 bags checked for free would be very helpful, but I don’t fully understand two things:

    1)If I buy a ticket with this card on a Star Alliance airline like Lufthansa, does the 2 bags checked for free not apply? Is it just for Continental and United, and not for their partners?

    2)Do I have to buy my airline ticket with the Presidential Card for the 2 bags checked and access to airport lounges to apply?

    Thanks so much!

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Tara On 1) it’s just for United / Continental operated flights, and on 2) no need to use the card to buy the ticket. Just use the frequent flyer number associated with the credit card to have the benefit. You’ll receive a separate standalone card for club access.

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        1. Tara

          Oh, one more thing. So if you say the 2 bags are just for United/Continental flights and you buy a flight through one of their sites, will that work for the 2 bags even if the flights are other Star Alliance? Does that make sense?

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        2. MileCards

          @Tara — On the 2 bags — what matters for the free bag is the airline that’s flying the first flight of each direction of the trip. For example, if you’re flying Dallas to Frankfurt via Newark, with the Dallas to Newark portion flown on United/Continental, and the Newark to Frankfurt portion on Lufthansa, you get the 2 bags free because the first flight checking you in is United/Continental. But on the return if your Frankfurt to Newark is with Lufthansa, and Newark to Dallas is with United/Continental you would pay the 2nd bag fee because Lufthansa’s is the first flight in that direction.

          The only cards with bag fee waivers are with the U.S. airilnes.

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  36. Michael

    Hi –

    Don’t think I saw this addressed in the other comments:
    Do these benefits:
    * Airport club access
    * Baggage fee waived
    * Premier access
    only apply when the ticket is purchased with the Presidential Plus card, or do they exist simply by being a card holder regardless of whether you purchased the ticket with the card?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Michael-

      With this one they just tag your OnePass number as Elite Access so for example if you’re flying for work you’ll have the benefits.

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  37. Anastasiya

    Hi. I currently have a One Pass Card and consider “upgrading” to Presidental Plus.

    1. If I do so, am I going to have 2 valid cards or is my One Pass card going to get replaced by Presidental Plus?
    2. If I do get to keep both cards, can they both be linked to the same One Pass number so that I can earn miles for purchases on both cards?
    3. Can I roll over the points that I have accumulated on my One Pass card to Presidental Plus and is there a fee?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Anastasiya-

      1. You can keep both, though doesn’t make much sense, so just ask them to upgrade as a replacement.
      2. Yes, they can be linked to the same One Pass number.
      3. They all flow into the same One Pass account so no need to roll them over. Just make sure you give the same One Pass account number when you sign up for the Presidential Plus.

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  43. iliana

    I just upgrade my card from one pass to presidential plus. I am planning to buy my husband the 150$ membership to the lounges as offered by the card. My question; does my husband has the following benefits by paying the extra 150$? Priority check in
    - Elite security lanes
    - Priority early boarding at the gate

    thank you. :)

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Iliana-

      Yes, the $150 spouse membership also entitles him to the Premier Access benefits. They simply tie them to his frequent flyer number once he’s enrolled in the spouse membership. Here are the details from the airline:

      “Presidential Plus Card members may purchase a Presidents Club spouse membership (that also includes the Premier Access Priority Airport Services benefit) for $150 by calling the Presidents Club Service Center at 1-800-322-2640. The validity date of the spouse membership will match that of the Cardmember’s.”

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  44. Luis

    I got a Presidential Plus Card, at the same time including and getting a card for my wife. Now, I have the Continental One-Pass Card (with the Lounge access), and while my wife also has a Continental one pass number, I am not sure if she has the same amenities (standalone Lounge access). Is it only the primary cardmember that gets this? Does she get the same benefits by having a Presidential Plus Card as well?

    In addition, my wife is going to Europe on Lufthansa, with FF mileage (taxes and fees paid with the Continental Presidential Plus Card) – does that qualify her to be able to get the second bag in for free? I know in Delta there is no issue with this, but normally it has been with me flying with her.

    It appears that the rules really aren’t clear on either of these two subjects.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Luis- Unfortunately the free extra card for Presidential Plus doesn’t get her lounge access when travelling alone. If you are travelling with her she will receive the benefits. You can however purchase a spouse membership to the club for the discounted rate of $150 per year.

      On the Lufthansa flight, the 2nd bag is always free on Lufthansa flights to and from Europe and the U.S., so no issue there regardless of the card you use.

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  45. Steven B

    I recently got the Continental Mastercard for Business but now would prefer to have the Presidential Plus for Business Card. Will Chase let me “upgrade” the card, or will I have to make a new application (with a new credit pull)

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Steven — Chase will probably do a new credit pull as the Presidential Plus is targeted to folks with the highest of credit scores.

      Reply
  46. David

    Just to confirm – Will this card will give me access to both Continental lounges and United Red Carpet lounges? … so I can effectively replace my Amex Platinum which I really only had for access to Continental lounges. Amex Platinum never provided access to United lounges in any case.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      David – Yes, it offers access to both the Red Carpet Clubs and Continental lounges. Later this year they will all be rebranded the ‘United Club.’

      Reply
  47. Jbhouston

    If I have both cards, are you saying that Amex Platinum will cease to work at Continental/United Lounges 9/30/11?
    Wonder why I wouldn”t switch to AX Premier Rewards Gold Card, isnt it cheaper?I live in Housto,n Tx so aire travel is mostly United(CON)

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      That’s right, Amex Plat will stop working for Continental lounges on 9/30/11. If you want to keep earning Amex points, then the Gold card is cheaper. But note Amex points can’t be transferred to Continental anymore after 9/30/11

      For access to the United/Continental clubs you’ll need to either buy a standalone membership or appply for the Chase Presidential Plus MasterCard, which includes lounge access in its fee.

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  48. charlene

    Hello!
    I am trying to decide if getting a Continental card will be beneficial to me. We travel Continental at least once a month. Sometimes our entire family, sometimes just my husband and myself or alone. My primary reason for wanting to do this is to waive the baggage fees. Would they be waved for EVERYONE in my family, or just the card carrier? Also with the elite boarding, does that apply every time, for every person in my party? We have an AMEX platinum card, and thought that we would use that for club access, but we have yet to have enough time to find them and actually make use. I want to know if paying this fee is actually worth it.
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Charlene-

      First — yes, if you travel at least once a month and check bags it is worth it. You can waive the fees for up to 8 people as long as their travel was booked under the same reservation as the cardholder:

      “Eligible customers will get their applicable checked bags free on flights operated by Continental only; codeshare flights are not eligible. The primary Cardmember’s OnePass account number must be listed in their reservation and they must pay for their tickets with their Continental Airlines Chase credit Card. Up to eight customers traveling with the eligible primary credit Cardmember will also get their applicable checked bags free if they are listed in the same reservation.”

      On Elite boarding…it’s generally just for the card holder, but if you show your boarding pass (which will say Elite Access) with the rest, agents will almost always let everyone in your party use the privilege.

      On lounge access…the Amex card won’t be valid for Continental lounge access after 9/30/11 so at that point it’s probably not worth the fee if your flying is usually on Continental.

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  49. gpierro

    Do I have to apply for a presidential Club credit card to get access into the Presidential Club Lounges or can I purchase just a membership card to allow access?

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  50. Anthony

    I recently upgraded my One Pass Mastercard to Presidential Preferred. I am anxious to start using the Lounges now.
    Just a quick question though-Do any of the Lounges have TVs?
    I believe they should have a room with DirectTV In case I am traveling on Saturday (NCAA) or Sunday (NFL).
    Thank you
    Anthony

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Anthony-

      All of the lounges offer satellite TV. They default to news but on the weekends the games are usually on. You can ask the bartender if not.

      The larger clubs also have separate TV lounges with a large screen TV and theater style seating.

      Reply
  51. Audra

    I have a question . Can i get my husband in and my kids with this card or does my husband need to get one also . we have the plat. amex now , we r looking into this one . thks

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Yes as long as you’re there to check into the club they will be admitted at no additional charge. This includes both the Continental Presidents Clubs as well as the United Red Carpet Clubs.

      Reply
  52. Jeff

    Hello MileCards,

    Is this card a MasterCard? i am confused on the continental.com website.

    Asides from the Elite access, what are the benefits the Presidential Plus Card vs. the OnePass Plus MasterCard?

    Thanks!!

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Yes it is a MasterCard. The primary additional benefit is membership to access airport clubs. It lets you access all Continental Presidents Clubs, United Red Carpet Clubs, and US Airways clubs. This membership alone typically costs $475 per year plus a $50 initiation fee.

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  53. Barbara

    I recently used the Continental PP Card for travel on a three leg journey. Now that Continental and United have merged, one leg was spent traveling on United though I booked through Continental. At the United counter, they did not recognize that having used the card I would get the second bag fee waived and charged me $60. My boarding pass also lacked priority boarding. The card did work however for access to the United lounge. Upon calling the Chase PP # later to protest the $60 fee, they did agree to waive it but in future said it would not be honored for travel on United and that if I wanted to ensure that I got those benefits, to make sure I was flying only on Continental, not United. Interested to hear if others have experienced the same.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Barbara-

      Thanks for sharing your experience and nice to hear Chase was helpful. Airline mergers can be confusing to customers. In this case Continental and United have announced they are merging but have yet to actually do so.

      It won’t be until the Spring of 2011 that the two airlines will start to act like one according to the CEOs recent employee update. They are working on all the behind the scenes elements that need to tie together so their systems can talk.

      In the mean time as you learned the Elite Access and free bag benefits will only occur when you start your trip on a Continental branded flight. Lounge access with United is a benefit that existed before the merger was announced so that is valid.

      In summary your card benefits will work as if the merger was never announced until Spring 2011. After that Chase will likely migrate you to a card that offers the same or more benefits on the combined airline.

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  54. Lynn Gordon

    WIth Chase Continenal Presidential Plus, does the “Elite access” extend to making airline reservations on Continental, or is it only for airport priortiy access?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      Lynn-

      The Elite Access feature of the Presidential Plus card gives you the at-airport features of Elite Access. This includes:

      - Priority check in
      - Elite security lanes
      - Priority early boarding at the gate

      It does not include features of elite status earned by flying which include

      - Complimentary space available upgrades
      - Elute telephone line

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