With the upcoming reciprocal upgrades between Continental and United elite flyers you knew this announcement couldn’t be far off. It matches United’s Global Services membership level and systemwide upgrades for United 1K flyers. Now when will Continental build an economy plus section on their planes?
Continental just announced that they will reward flyers who earn 100K elite flyers with 4 one-way systemwide upgrade certificates. The upgrade certificates are valid from any fare paid. Currently only AA allows the use of systemwide upgrade certificates with any fare. And Continental’s new BusinessFirst cabin is light-years ahead of AA’s next generation business class. Systemwide upgrade earned in 2010 must be used by 02/28/12.
Systemwide upgrades will be fully transferable! They are valid to anywhere Continental flies. A one-way upgrade will upgrade the entire one-way ticket, regardless of the number of segments.
Also for high-spend Platinums there is a new top-tier elite level called Presidential Platinum for people that fly 75K elite miles and spend $30K/year. They’ll get confirmed upgrades 6 days before the flight and a free presidential plus mastercard which includes a presidents club membership. Flyers that have 4 million lifetime elite miles will get lifetime Presidential Platinum status.
Both programs start 01/01/10.