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United / Continental credit card holders: Virgin Atlantic ends partnership on 2/13/12

by on Mon January 23, 2012 • No Comment

Virgin AtlanticFor those of you with the United Explorer, Continental OnePass Plus, and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card credit cards, here’s a heads up about one airline where you could use your miles for flights.

Virgin Atlantic will no longer be available for redemption using Continental Airlines OnePass miles effective February 13, 2012.

You can make mile ticket reservations until that date, and the tickets can be for travel up to one year later, so you have the rest of 2012 and beyond to take trips with them.

This is a little disappointing, but not surprising. Virgin Atlantic was a partner of Continental Airlines but not United Airlines and now that the two are finalizing the steps of their merger have more combined US to London Heathrow flights so there is less of a need for the partnership.

Remember that Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card points transfer 1:1 into United Mileage Plus and Continental OnePass miles. As of March 3, 2012, United Mileage Plus and Continental OnePass will merge all accounts into one United Mileage Plus program.

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