Continental Airlines and United Airlines will not fully merge their loyalty programs until the end of the year but they are taking steps to ease the transition for their members along the way. One of the first major milestones in that transition was realized today with the release of an interface to move points back and forth between accounts in the two programs.
There are a few restrictions on the mileage migration, but they are pretty reasonable:
- You can transfer miles only once per day, in 1,000-mile increments with a limit of 200,000 miles per transfer.
- You can transfer miles only between accounts in your name.
- If you change your mind, you can wait 24 hours and move the miles back into their original account.
- Transferring miles won’t affect your elite status in either program.
- Transferring miles does not consolidate your accounts.
If you’re looking to combine your accounts to get a particular award or some other benefit just head here: united.com/transfermymiles. Couldn’t be easier!
Combined with some of the other recent announcements, including EconomyPlus being added to the Continental fleet, it looks like they are moving quite rapidly towards Customer Day One (May 17, 2011 is the target date) and we can expect more alignments like this in the meantime.
Oh, and the choice of the domain name that is hosting this stuff – unitedmileageplus.com – is just another in the long string of hints as to what the surviving frequent flier program for the combined carrier will be named.
- United commits to keeping EconomyPlus in the new fleet
- Continental to charge for extra legroom
- Continental and United announce reciprocity – aka The other shoe drops
- Continental/United merger approved by DoJ
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