In other news, hell froze over. You heard me right. Check out CO Insider‘s post on FlyerTalk. Here’s some great news for Continental flyers.
Starting next year, customers that accrue 100,000 elite qualifying miles or 120 segments with OnePass will earn four electronic systemwide upgrades. Best of all, they’re valid on all published fares to anywhere Continental flies and are transferrable! While the earning clock starts on January 1, you can only start redeeming them in mid-2010. Why Continental didn’t just raise Platinum status to 100,000 elite qualifying miles and offer the systemwide upgrades with the status is beyond me, but I guess this is better for those that fly between 75,000 and 100,000 miles per year.
Continental also introduced their version of Global Services. Well, sort of. It’ll be called Presidential Platinum, and what makes it unique is that Continental actually published the qualification criteria for the first year — $30,000 in spend is required. The earning clock starts on January 1 and the program takes effect in mid-2010. What are the benefits? Well, top upgrade priority (which is huge since there are so many Platinum members at Continental), a dedicated phone line, plus a fee waiver on the Continental Presidential Plus Mastercard, which comes with access to the Presidents Club. So while it’s not quite as rewarding as Global Services, the threshold is quite a bit lower and is defined, which is a nice thing.