Continental Airlines is changing many policy details in its OnePass frequent flyer program, with some of the changes taking place in conjunction with the airline joining the Star Alliance on October 27.
Upon Continental joining Star, its OnePass members will be eligible for reciprocal mileage earning and redemption opportunities with Star Alliance’s 24 member airlines and will be able to connect to more than 950 cities all over the world.
When Continental Airlines joins the Star Alliance, OnePass Platinum and Gold Elite members will become Star Alliance Gold members, gaining recognition and rewards across all member airlines in addition to OnePass benefits. Platinum and Gold Elite members will have access to more than 800 lounges worldwide when traveling on an international itinerary with any Star Alliance member airline, regardless of class of travel.
Additionally, Platinum and Gold Elite members will receive an extra baggage allowance of up to three bags or 44 lb (20 kg) more on both Continental and Star Alliance member airlines and will receive priority services, including priority airport check-in, boarding and baggage handling across the network.
In addition to these benefits, upcoming changes to the OnePass program include fewer fees for Platinum Elite members; an end to Saturday-night stays being required for reward travel; and 100 per cent Elite qualification miles and points earnings on any ticket, regardless of where it was bought or issued.
Most of the new OnePass policies become effective on October 27:
● With Continental’s entry into Star Alliance, mileage requirements for reward travel will change, effective for travel booked on or after October 27. Consult the airline’s Travel and Upgrade Reward Charts for more details
● A Saturday-night stay is no longer required for OnePass reward travel;
● 100 per cent Elite qualification miles and Elite qualification points can be earned on discounted fares regardless of where the ticket is purchased or issued;
● A BusinessFirst $100 upgrade co-pay will no no longer be required of members using miles to upgrade from the ‘B’ fare class; and
● Elite bonuses will be based on the minimum mileage earned instead of the actual flight miles flown.
Further policy changes become effective on December 15. On that date, new reward travel fees will apply for redeposits, reservation changes and flight bookings within 21 days of departure for rewards redeemed on or after December 15. There will be no fee for Platinum Elite members. The Gold Elite fee will be $25, the Silver Elite fee will be $50 and for all other members the fee will be $75. These fees will apply per customer instead of per reservation. OnePass travel reward changes outside of 21 days of travel will remain free if there is no change to the origin and destination.
Then, on January 1, 2010, two more policy changes will become effective:
● All members worldwide will earn 125 per cent base miles on F, C, J and D fare classes; and
● All members worldwide will earn 1.5 Elite qualification points when they purchase and fly in fare classes F, C, J, D, Z, Y and B on flights operated by Continental.