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UPDATE: Continental is now part of United.
Continental is offering a 250 point bonus when using any Mastercard (credit or debit) to purchase a flight at continental.com from now until June 30, 2011. The flights just need to be purchased by then and the bonus points will be awarded 4-6 weeks after the purchase. Say you are booking 4 people on a trip, in order to maximize this promotion make sure to book each individually – you’d get 1,000 extra points instead of 250. Also, make sure you sign up for Milethon so you get even more bonus points. However, if you are a family, you’ll probably want to be on one reservation in case there are flight disruptions so they accomodate you together.
If you need a Mastercard, I highly recommend the 50,000 mile sign-up bonus, fee waived for the first year, Chase Continental Onepass MasterCard. It will qualify for credits in Milethon. And overall, it is a solid card for those who fly Continental or like redeeming for Star Alliance flights (and if you really want to maximize your Continental miles, you can also get a 50,000 point Amex Platinum and transfer those miles to Continental before September. The yearly fee is $450, but the 50,000 point sign-up bonus is worth far more than that, plus you get a ton of perks like lounge access and $200 in travel fee rebates per year).
Terms and Conditions
Offer valid for MasterCard cardholders whose accounts existed prior to June 30, 2011, and who are 18 years or older and reside in one of the 50 United States or D.C. OnePass members will receive 250 bonus miles for each new Continental Airlines ticket purchase transaction made at continental.com during the period of Jan. 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011, with a valid MasterCard credit or debit card. Reward Ticket transactions and other fee-related transactions do not apply. Bonus miles will be credited to the first OnePass account number listed in the customer’s reservation, four to six weeks after the date of purchase. MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated. This offer is only available when using a valid MasterCard card. Offer subject to change without notice. All OnePass terms and conditions apply.