Update 4: Missing miles from this promo? The correct contact number for that department is 877-292-4273
Update 3: Warning: Do not fund the account with a Citi credit card as they appear to be charging a cash advance fee!
Update 2: Extended through 06/30.
Update: I received 2 letters via snail-mail from Chase with tracking numbers for 10,000 Continental miles and 15,000 Continental miles respectively. Both letters had a contact number for a personal banker to speak with and my correct Continental Onepass mileage number listed on them without my having to call up Chase to supply it!
Originally posted on 01/10/10:
I posted back in August about the new Chase bank account offer that awards 25,000 miles without the need for direct deposit as was required in the past. They gave the option to make 5 debit transactions instead of requiring direct deposit.
-With a Continental debit card you also get a free piece of checked luggage for yourself and anyone else on your itinerary when you fly Continental. See Dansdeals.com/baggage for all baggage fees and exemptions.
-The 25,000 mile consumer offer requires making 5 purchases on a Continental debit card which carries a $25 annual fee. The card earns 1 mile for every 2 dollars spent.
-The 25,000 mile business offer requires funding the account with $500 and making a purchase on a Continental debit card which carries a $65 annual fee. The card earns 1 mile for every dollar spent.
-The terms state that you can get the miles for each offer once per calendar year.
-Based on advice in this thread on the Dansdeals Forums I was successfully able to open a consumer account online by using the unique coupon code generated when you click on the offer links above! Just generate your own coupon code, and apply for a checking account online. The “Chase checking” account is free with 5 debit transactions in a month. The “Chase better banking” account is free with a $1,500 balance.
-You enter the coupon code on the page right after choosing an account and clicking “Open now.”
-Be sure to also request the $25 Continental debit card when you apply online.
-I was able to fund the account with $500 from my Chase Continental credit card, thereby earning another 500 easy miles! You can fund the account with any Visa or Mastercard for up to $500. It specifically says that it will count as a purchase, not as a cash advance.
-You must fund the account with a minimum of $100 of new funds.
-There is no need to open a savings account, you can however fund it with another $500 if you choose to open one.
-If you’re worries about getting the miles, you may want to make a printout of the offer during the application when it mentions the 25,000 miles.
-There is no place to enter in your Continental Onepass number, so you will have to call up Chase after you receive your debit card to supply them with your mileage number.
-Only the consumer offer accepted the code for me online, the business offer did not work with the code online-you’ll have to go in a branch for that one.
-On an account that I opened last year 22,500 miles posted within a few weeks of making the 5 debit purchases, and the remaining 2,500 miles took a of couple months.
-I was able to make 5 debit purchases at a Sam’s Club gas station for $0.02 each which qualified for the miles-so there is no minimum on the 5 purchases.
-25,000 miles is enough for a free domestic ticket (only 20,000 miles are needed for short-haul flights under 1,500 RT miles, like New York-Chicago) and is 33% of the way towards a free ticket to Israel (75,000 miles)