New Continental Credit Card Offers Lounge Membership
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(Posted: Nov 28, 2006)
The Continental Airlines Presidential Plus World MasterCard has been introduced that offers a Presidents Club membership as long as you carry the card. As the cardholder, you and your family or you and two guests, can unwind between flights in any of Continental's 27 airport lounges. You will also have access to over 40 affiliated lounges worldwide, including Northwest WorldClub lounges and Delta Crown Room.
EliteAccess Priority Airport Services is included. This service offers special airport check-in lines, eService Center check-in and continental.com check-in. The cardholder and anyone traveling in the same reservation can use priority check-in lines at the airport, express security lines (where available), boarding at any time through special lines and priority bag tags so your bags are among the first to arrive at the carousel.
For every $25,000 in purchases, up to 14 times a year, you'll earn 2,000 Flex Elite Qualification Miles (Flex EQMs). These miles do not expire, and you can redeem them toward Elite status at any time in future years.
As a cardholder you receive double OnePass miles when you use the card to purchase tickets directly from Continental. You will also earn double miles for hotel stays and car rentals you pay for with the card and five miles per dollar spent at participating OnePass dining restaurants. All other purchases will earn one mile per dollar spent.
For the first 12 months of owning the card, you will receive a 5 percent discount on Continental tickets. This offer is for new Continental MasterCard cardholders only.
Additional benefits include no preset spending limit, online year-end summaries, online fraud protection, travel insurance, trip cancellation insurance, rental car collision/loss damage waivers, roadside assistance and more.
This all comes with a rather hefty annual price tag of $375 - but if you compare this cost with the cost of lounge membership, it doesn't look quite so steep. An annual Presidents Club lounge membership for non-elite members is $375 and the cost for elite-members is lower: $350 for Silver Elite, $300 for Gold and $275 for Platinum members.
If you already have a Presidents Club membership, you will be reimbursed for the unused portion of the membership. And if you would like to have a spouse membership, the cost would be $150 more per year. If you have an additional cardholder, they will not receive a Presidents Club membership, but their purchases will count toward the Flex EQMs.
Currently, only Continental Airlines Elite and Presidents Club members are being invited to apply for the card, but if you are not currently Elite or President's Club member, you can try calling (888) 202-3360 to apply for the card.
posted: Nov 28, 2006 at 7:54pm (MT)
Good news for Continental international frequent fliers.
posted: Nov 28, 2006 at 9:17pm (MT)
Platinum members now get lounge access free at all Continental / Delta / Northwest lounges under the skyteam agreement for Elite Plus / Platinum members. Why buy membership if you get it free?
posted: Dec 16, 2006 at 3:13pm (MT)
Why bother ? no bonus miles and $375 per year and no other real benefits. The regular card gives you the same benefits and only costs $65 per year and they have been offering 20K bonus miles. If you already are an amex plat. card holder you get in for free to the clubs.
posted: Dec 18, 2006 at 9:21pm (MT)
You keep Elite status as long as you have your card. This is great for those that reach Elite status and dont travel enough afterwards to keep status.
posted: Apr 12, 2007 at 6:15pm (MT)
It's now offered to Lifetime President's Club members for $100 a year. For someone who travels enough to appreciate Elite status but doesn't make it because (say) too many flights were credited at 50% that doesn't seem excessive. Cheaper than any mileage run.
posted: Apr 17, 2007 at 3:36pm (MT)
I am a lifetime PC member, and I received a notice about this card. I bought lifetime access so I'd never have to pay for lounge access again. The lounge membership is a great value add, but for lifetimers it's pointless. The remaining benefits are not worth $100 to me.
posted: Apr 19, 2007 at 12:31pm (MT)
Careful here--the "Elite" perks with this card do NOT include FC upgrades or Premium coach seating. Personally, I don't feel very elite when my 6'8" body is crammed into a middle seat. I knew I would lose Silver Elite for 2007, so I expected this card to give me a nice continuation of Silver Elite...NOT! Beware!!!
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