The sheer volume of changes that have to move forward to integrate the United and Continental frequent flyer programs are staggering, I’ve provided updates recently here and here on some of what we now know.
In the past few days several other minor progress items and changes have revealed themselves.
- United Systemwide upgrades (upgrades which can be used on any United flight, including internationally, provided you buy a W coach fare or higher; given primarily to 100,000-mile flyers) can now be used on Continental.
- Continental Onepass members get to keep their current 8 character account numbers. Presumably United members keep their 11-digit numbers. Unclear is which number members will keep when they have both a United and Continental number and accounts are merged. (US Airways and America West members kept their own numbers with that merger, I believe technically my 7-digit US Airways number has leading zeros in their system.)
- United Premier members can now pre-reserve exit row seats. Previously this benefit was limited to Premier Executive (50,000 mile flyers) and higher.
- Free and easy extension of your United miles. Via Keith if you transfer your United miles to Continental, that counts as activity that resets the expiration date of your miles. Then of course you can move your miles back. When Northwest and Delta combined, everyone got 1 mile which extended the life of their miles. Of course, Delta Skymiles no longer expire.
More to come!