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.
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.
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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