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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 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 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.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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