Per UA Insider:
Hi Everyone, as most of you know, United Mileage Plus and Continental OnePass will continue to operate separately until we until they’re combined in 2012. As a result, we’ve received requests from members to be able to transfer miles and combine Elite earnings between accounts. Today, we’re pleased to give you, our power-users, a sneak preview of our new self-service tools that do just that.
Specifically, you can:
1. Transfer redeemable miles between your OnePass and Mileage Plus accounts. Give it a spin at united.com/transfermymiles or continental.com/transfermymiles (both take you to the same place).
2. Match Elite status and combine Elite earnings for your OnePass and Mileage Plus accounts. For those of you who have Elite Qualification miles and segments/points in both OnePass and Mileage Plus, you can now combine these earnings to earn Elite status, Regional Upgrades and Systemwide Upgrades. Go to united.com/combinemyactivity or continental.com/combinemyactivity for all the details.
This merger is really coming along! In other words, you can now freely move miles between your OnePass and Mileage Plus accounts. Also, they’ll combine elite qualifying miles between both of your accounts.
The point that confuses me is that they say “if you’re currently an elite member of one program, we’ll match your status in the other.” Does that mean a United 1K can be matched to Continental Platinum, for example? That would certainly help with upgrade priority on Continental flights, so might not be a bad idea. Though I’m not sure if that’s what they actually mean.