Friday, September 5, 2008

Continental Airlines Program changes

1 Effective today, Sep. 5, 2008 for travel on or after Oct. 7, 2008, CO will charge $15 for first checked bag. Elite member SkyTeam Elite members and anyone else eligible for EliteAccess (
including full-fare Y class and Chase Presidential Plus cardmembers) will be exempt.

2 For travel booked on or after Nov. 15, 2008 for travel on or after Jan. 1, 2009, eliminating the 500-mile minimum earning.

3 Elite Bonus Mile Changes. We will continue to award Elite mileage bonuses, but will be making changes to the bonuses awarded to Silver and Platinum members.Effective for travel on or after Mar. 1, 2009, Platinum Elite members will earn a 100 percent mileage bonus (instead of 125 percent)and Silver Elite members will earn 25 percent (instead of 50 percent).

4 OnePass Reward Changes. We will be adjusting our reward levels for travel between Tel Aviv and North America (series 10B) and between Tel Aviv and Hawaii (series 10C). For these rewards, the SaverPass rewards for both cabins will increase by 20,000 miles and EasyPass Rewards will increase by 50,000 miles for BusinessFirst tickets.

Now one more airline eliminates 500 Min earning, I think soon, all North America Airline will remove this benefit. After NW and DL merge complete, The bonus elite earning will change to Delta level, 25% for Silver/100% for Gold and Platinum, so it's just a matter of time for all of them to change.

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