Continental makes the Star(t) date official

Continental has announced their official entry date into Star Alliance – October 27, 2009.  That is only three days after their departure from SkyTeam.  Good news in that it should end much speculation and hand wringing by folks wondering whether flights will earn miles or not.  They’ve also stated that they will try to provide lounge access to their top tier elites during the two days of transition and that they expect to be able to provide credit in their OnePass program for flights taken on partners during the two day transition period.  Not too shabby.

When the transition to Star Alliance occurs on Oct. 27, 2009, OnePass members will begin earning base miles and Elite Qualification Miles/Points and be able to redeem miles on select Star Alliance airlines.

If you travel on a Star Alliance airline on Oct. 25 or Oct. 26, we will make every effort to ensure you receive automatic OnePass mileage credit (including Elite Qualification Miles/Points) and eligible customers receive lounge access. Please save copies of your travel documents for Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 — eTicket receipts and original boarding passes — until mileage credit is confirmed on your OnePass statement.

We anticipate that our participation in the Star Alliance will begin on Oct. 27, 2009. We will make every effort to ensure eligible customers have access to Star Alliance partner lounges on Oct. 25 or Oct. 26.

There are still plenty of questions out there, like what the new reward charts are going to look like, but the details are slowly starting to fall in place.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.