Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
As many of you know, as of 9/30/11 you will no longer be able to transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards to Continental Airlines miles. This is a big hit for the many New York based American Express cardholders, many of which have also enjoyed Presidents Club access which will also disappear.
Continental’s well regarded former CEO Gordon Bethune weighed in on CNBC recently…saying they will lose customers to Chase for not paying up for Continental miles. And Joe Kernen of CNBC plans to leave American Express for Chase so he can keep earning Continental/United miles.
So what card does Bethune use? The Starwood Preferred Guest American Express. That’s because he gets the value of great hotel rewards from Starwood, and of course he already gets free flights from his former employer.
So how about you…
What should you do?
If you want to keep earning United/Continental miles you need a Chase credit card. These include…
If you want to keep United / Continental lounge access, only one card will offer it.
It’s the current Continental Presidential Plus — they’ll rename it shortly for the new United with similar benefits.
Now, if access to lounges besides United/Continental is important to you (Delta, American, and US Airways lounges), then you’ll need to keep your Platinum Card from American Express. A money saving option for you versus getting both the Continental Presidential Plus and American Express Platinum Card is the following:
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