Free United Club / Presidents Club for a year? Continental Presidential Plus fee waiver.
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. Existing cardholders will be able to retain their cards and benefits. A new United Mileage Plus Club Card will be released soon that offers United Club access and other travel benefits that may be similar to the old Presidential Plus, but details are not yet available.
A few folks at FlyerTalk are reporting Chase has been setting up tables at former Continental Presidents Club locations (now United Clubs) with a unique introductory offer: no fee for the first year on the Continental Presidential Plus MasterCard. It’s a promotion to coincide with the loss of Platinum Card from American Express access to the lounges.
This is a $395 value.
The link to the discussion and how people are getting the fee waived is here. Some are able to apply online. No guarantees on this one — but next time you’re at the airport you may want to stop into the Presidents Club and see. Though doesn’t make much sense for them to only advertise it inside the Presidents Club anymore if the goal is to capture Platinum Card holders who no longer have access.
Also note some people have success mentioning a promotion to Chase within 60 days of applying and getting a more generous offer apply. But again, this is at Chase’s discretion.