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Free United Club / Presidents Club for a year? Continental Presidential Plus fee waiver.

by on Sun March 4, 2012 • 4 Comments

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.

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4 thoughts on Free United Club / Presidents Club for a year? Continental Presidential Plus fee waiver.

  1. Dwebs

    I’m possibly going to be flying with my whole family (wife and 3 small kids) next spring/summer. Does the 2 free checked bags apply to all ticketed passengers flying with me? Also, is there is a contract i’m signing when i get this credit card, especially if i am able to obtain the first year free in regards to a time limit i must keep it. With the looming changover to a United brand, want to know i have my options open if i don’t like the new card.

  2. James

    Hi, I currently have a Chase card although not United and Im looking to get this Presidential Plus card, would Chase deny me because I already have one of their cards? and could I “trade” the card I have now for the Presidential Plus?
    Also I have a couple of other technical questions
    1. do you get Premier Access if you are not an elite member?
    2. If you are an elite member do the First and Second Checked Bags “stack” with your elite benefits i.e. 4 Bags for Silver Elite?
    3. I know that there is Primary Rental Car Coverage, but what are the requirements should you have to use it? Also, since it is only Collision Damage Waiver can you purchase the Supplemental Liability Insurance from the Rental Company?
    4. Can ALL of the benefits currently be used at United?
    5. If United comes out with a similar card as the Presidential Plus will we be changed from one card to another?
    Im apologise if this is a lot of questions, Thank You, Cheers

    1. Jared

      To answer:
      Chase will not deny you because you already have a card.

      Yes you will get Premier Access.

      No, you do not get 4 free bags.

      You can purchase Supplemental Liability Insurance

      Yes, you’ll get the same benefits when you fly United (primarily, you’ll board first and get free checked bags)

      United hasn’t announced a similar card.

      1. MileCards

        @Jared – Thanks for clarifying for James. On whether United will have a similar card…given the aggresive marketing on this one and the change to the benefit and earning structure on it over the summer, it wil probably roll into a United brand by early next year.

        @James — This card should automatically convert to whatever the United branded equivalent becomes


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