Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Edging Closer, United, Continental in Reciprocal Agreement on Elite-Status Upgrades

I'll leave it to you to read the tea leaves on this latest bit of kissy-face between United and Continental, which arrives this afternoon over the electronic transom:

"United Airlines and Continental Airlines today announced that members of each carrier’s frequent flier program who have earned elite status will receive unlimited, complimentary domestic upgrades on flights operated by both airlines when space is available.

"Continental’s elite-level frequent flyers also will have complimentary access to United’s Economy Plus seating, offering additional legroom near the front of the Economy cabin. United’s elite-level frequent flyers will have complimentary access to Continental’s Premium Seating as well.

"These new benefits will begin to roll out in mid-2010.

"Unlimited domestic upgrades and preferred economy class seating for elite-level frequent flier members are the latest additions to the suite of benefits available to United and Continental customers since the two carriers announced a wide-ranging global partnership in June 2008 and since Continental joined the Star Alliance Oct. 27 – benefits that include new access to dozens of cities around the world, recognition of elite status, and the ability to accrue and redeem miles on each other’s flights."


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