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United and Continental finish merging; here’s what happens to your credit card

by on Tue February 28, 2012 • 2 Comments

United Airlines credit cardsUnited Airlines and Continental Airlines will complete their merger on March 3rd– and Continental Airlines will be no more in name.

What to consider as a Continental Airlines or United Airlines credit card holder…

Well, first, your Continental Airlines One Pass miles are safe. If you already have a United Mileage Plus account linked, they will merge with the miles you already have there. But the good news is, if you are a Continental One Pass member your account number won’t change, just log in as you always have and you’ll see everything in one place. Those of you with United accounts will get a new number, but you can still use your old account number for logging into the website to check your balance.

The new United Airlines credit cards for personal use will be:

  • United Mileage Plus Explorer – with free checked bag and priority boarding
  • United Mileage Plus Club Card – with United Club access and other, yet to be announced benefits

What if you hold a Continental Airlines credit card?

If you have a Continental OnePass Plus card…

  • Your Continental OnePass Plus credit card will automatically convert to a United Mileage Plus Explorer credit card
  • There is no difference in benefits, they are 100% identical, with the same fees.
  • Your Chase statement will read ‘United Mileage Plus Explorer’ as of the next statement
  • You’ll receive a new card with the United name by September
  • Your card will remain a MasterCard, with the same account number as before

If you have a Continental Presidential Plus credit card…

  • They haven’t announced what will happen specifically to that card
  • Our sense is the new United Club Card will replace it, and have the same or similar benefits
  • We expect, but have not confirmed you will automatically convert to the United Club Card when it is launched

If you already have a United Airlines credit card…

  • Do nothing. Even if your card isn’t the new ‘United Mileage Plus Explorer’ (i.e. United Select, Club, or Platinum)  you can keep your card as is with its original benefits and fees
  • You’ll be sent a card with the new logo sometime over the next year, but again with the same benefits you’re used to
  • If you don’t have an Explorer card and wish to get one, you’ll need to apply separately

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2 thoughts on United and Continental finish merging; here’s what happens to your credit card

  1. Frank Doyle

    Great info.

    What about the Chase Sapphire Preferred card? Will there be any changes with transferring points after the merger?

    1. MileCards

      @Frank- We expect no changes for the Chase Sapphire Preferred and you will be able to transfer miles 1:1 to the new United Mileage Plus program.


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