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I’ve written about the Continental Chase Debit Cards before and I think they provide great value, in terms of robust sign-up bonuses and bag waivers. However, as of April 1, 2011, these cards will no longer provide a first checked bag for free (up to $50 value round trip).
Card holders seeking baggage waivers will have to apply for a Chase Continental Credit Card instead. You can get the OnePass Plus card with a 25,000 point sign-up bonus and no annual fee for the first year, which isn’t a bad deal. If you want Elite Access, President’s Club Membership and the ability to earn EQMs, you can spring for the $395 Presidential Plus card.
If you are unhappy with this change, you should let Chase and Continental know. They may even give you back or prorate your annual fee if you make a strong case that the free bag waiver was the key reason for you getting the card.