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In the mail today I had a lovely envelope from my Continental One Pass Credit Card company.
Please forgive the iPhone photo!
Inside this lovely envelope was a brochure highlighting the changes that are now a part of the One Pass Plus credit card benefit package.
Here is an overview of the changes:
1. Free checked bag only for the cardholder and one additional person on Continental and United flights. This is a big thumbs down as I previously think it was for up to eight persons on the reservation. For a large family this is a big negative change.
2. You will no longer receive the two discount certificates at the time of renewal. Those things weren’t worth the paper they were printed on, so that really isn’t a loss in my book.
3. Elites can get unlimited space-available domestic upgrades when traveling on rewards if they have the Onepass Plus Card starting March 15, 2012 on United (they can do it now on Continental).
4. Card holders will be able to get priority boarding that will come after first class and elite customers, but before general boarding. This is a good thing for families in my book! Even though families with small children can board early regardless, this will help those families who have children who are a little bit older.
5. All Onepass Frequent Flyer accounts will become United Mileage Plus accounts on January 1, 2012. The good news is they will retain the 8 digit Onepass number! I memorized mine years ago and would be a bit sad to see it go!
6. Miles in the United program will expire (Continental miles did not expire but United miles did), but they will not expire if you have the One Pass Plus card.
7. If you have the card you can book any available seat on any flight for the Easypass Reward level (Easypass is double the regular reward level – ie domestic round-trip is 50,000 miles on Easypass!)
Things that stayed the same:
1. Still double miles on flights, but will include Continental and United.
2. Still get 10,000 bonus miles after $25,000 annual spend on the card.
3. Get two President’s Club (soon to be United Club) passes each year.
4. Can book via the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection for hotel rooms that come with perks such as free breakfast, upgrades, and late check-out. www.lhrcollection.com (I will talk about this more in an upcoming post)
5. Primary car rental coverage – this is actually a huge plus that I am glad is sticking around!
Overall the biggest loss is the limit of one free checked bag for just the card holder and one additional passenger. Most of the other main benefits of the Onepass Plus card were preserved and/or enhanced by this change. I am still worried that it is already too late for current Onepass Plus cardholders to get in on the sign-up bonus for the United Mileage Plus Exlporer card as the two cards are now virtually identical. I’m ready and willing to have someone disprove that though!
What do you think of the changes?