Continental and United announce plans for cooperation

While I heard about this news early yesterday, I haven’t had time to read much commentary on it. The Flying Critic does a good job of summing up the details, and a release is also available here. While overall I think it’s great, there are two things I really wonder about:

  • If CO joins the Star Alliance, will they institute Starnet blocking similar to UA? They’re notoriously stingy when it comes to awards, so the added expenses they’d incur from awards through Star Alliance could become a major cost for CO.
  • I’m not so sure if this is a good thing for those that earn miles with Star Alliance carriers right now. CO has a lot of outstanding miles, and I could see the sudden increase in CO OnePass member redeeming miles on Star partners as being an issue to the overall award availability, considering CO doesn’t offer a lot of awards in turn to their partners.

Of course it’s all preliminary, but those are just a couple of thoughts in my jetlagged state.

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