Update 2: The OnePass Plus card is now publicly offering a $50 cash statement credit for opening the card and making 1 purchase. So you now get 30,000 miles and $50 and no annual fee for the first year just for spending a buck on the card!
If you applied for this card recently without the $50 cash bonus, just call Chase and ask for them to match the current offer!
Update: Don’t forget to take advantage of all of the Continental mileage offers out there that you can before it’s too late! Continental has merged with United so this card will only still be available for a very limited amount of time!
Originally posted on 09/02:
If you don’t yet have a Continental Onepass mileage account you can enroll here.
You will get 25,000 miles for signing up for the Continental OnePass Plus MasterCard after making your first purchase. Plus you get 5,000 miles for adding a free 2nd user to your account, so you’ll get a total of 30,000 miles just for signing up!
You can add the 2nd user onto the account when applying online.
Card Spending Benefits:
-The annual fee ($85) is waived for the first year!
-You earn 1 Continental Onepass mile per dollar spent and 2 per dollar spent on Continental.
-You will get a bonus 10,000 miles for every year that you spend $25,000 on the card! In other words if you typically spend $25,000 in a year you will earn miles at a rate of 1.4 miles per dollar spent (35,000 miles for $25,000 spend)
Continental Onepass miles are among the most highly valued miles in the entire industry!
Did you know that:
-They can be redeemed on 40 partner airlines, including the global Star Alliance network with its amazing award availability and other partners like Hawaiian and Virgin Atlantic.
-They are very lenient on routing rules, so you can travel to Australia for example across the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, something most airlines would never let you do!
-They allow you to make a free stopover AND a free open jaw on a single award ticket to make your miles much more valuable.
-They allow free date and even free airline and routing changes on award tickets.
-They allow you to make changes to your award ticket even after departure.
-They do not block partner airline availability like some other airlines do.
-They never charge a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even if you travel on partner airlines that normally charge a fuel surcharge!
-They allow you to book a BusinessFirst award even if there is only coach availability and go on a waitlist and standby for a BusinessFirst seat. If you do not get the BusinessFirst seat (even if you do get a First class seat on the domestic flight) then you will get a refund of the additional miles that you paid for it!
-They have an excellent award chart. You can fly to Israel on Continental, or on partners like Air Canada, USAirways, Aegean, Austrian, Brussels, Lot Polish, Lufthansa, SpanAir, Swiss, Tap Portugal, and Turkish. With so many partners it’s much easier to find availability. You can mix and match carriers and still fly for 75,000 in coach, 115,000 in BusinessFirst or Business, or 145,000 miles in First class on a 3 class aircraft.
-Want to go “around-the-world?” Continental has one the cheapest around-the-world mileage tickets around. It’s just 160,000 miles in coach, 220,000 miles in BusinessFirst or Business, or 280,000 miles in First class on a 3 class aircraft. You can fly around the world on any partner airline and stop off for as long as you want in 6 different cities anywhere in the world!
Effective in 2011 Continental cardholders who are elite will also be able to get complimentary upgrades even on award tickets!
Continental cardholders can also redeem miles for hotel and car rewards.
Here are some of the amazing benefits the card comes with:
-With the recent launch of the OnePass Plus card Chase has added some incredible new benefits. The card is one of the only cards that offers free primary rental car CDW (collision damage waiver) insurance! Nearly every other credit card I have researched only has secondary rental car CDW insurance. With secondary insurance if you damage your rental car you will first need to file a claim with your own personal car insurance company and only it they don’t cover the entire bill will your credit card step in and pay the difference. This can cause your personal insurance rates to go up. This card is now my go-to card for car rentals!
With primary rental car CDW insurance as is now offered on the OnePass Plus card you will not have to file anything with your own insurance company. Chase will cover the entire bill for any damage to your rental car. Just be sure to decline the rental agency’s CDW coverage and Chase will have your back! This primary CDW coverage applies everywhere in the world except in Israel, Jamaica, and Ireland (blame the bad drivers there!)
-If you have the OnePass Plus card you and up to 9 of your traveling companions will automatically get a free checked bag when flying Continental (normally $25 each way!) You do not need to pay for the trip on the card to get this benefit, you merely need to have the card! You can also add other family members as free secondary users on your account so that they can get free baggage as well when they’re not traveling with you. The fee waiver for secondary users isn’t automatic as it is for the primary cardholder, but you just have to show your card to the ticketing agent and they’ll be able to waive your checked bag fee!
-Chase will send you 2 free Presidents Club passes (normally $100) annually. Plus they’ll also send you 2 discount vouchers for flights!
-By having the card you will get a $2 discount off in-flight alcoholic beverages and $2 off in-flight DirecTV service!
-OnePass Plus Cardholders will also be able to use Chase’s new concierge service to book from the “Luxury Hotels and Resorts Collection” When you book through the concierge you will get exclusive benefits, upgrades, and amenities.
The card also some with ultra-premium benefits and insurances that normally only come with much more expensive cards, including:
-Price protection: If you find an ad, online or in-store, that the price of an item you bought within the past 90 days is lower than what you paid, you can get a refund of up to $500 per item and $1,500 per year!
-Return protection: Return an item up to $300 and up to $1,000 a year within 90 days if the store won’t take it back.
-Free roadside assistance: Up to $50 per event
-Delayed baggage insurance: Up to $300 of essential items covered per ticket.
-Trip delay Insurance: Up to $300 per ticket if your flight is delayed to spend on hotels, cars, etc.
-Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance: Up to $1,500 coverage per event.
-Lost or damaged luggage insurance: Up to $3,000 coverage per event
-Travel Accident Insurance: Up to $500,000 per event
-Emergency evacuation, transportation, and medical coverage.
-Extended Warranty Protection: Extra year warranty.
-Purchase protection: If an item you bought within the past 90 days is stolen or damaged or if you have an “involuntary and accidental parting with the item” you can get a refund of up to $10,000 and up to $50,000 per year.
-Ticket Event Protection: If you can’t attend an event ticket for a covered reason you will get a refund of up to $500 per ticket, $2,000 per event, $4,000 annually.
-Identity Theft Protection: $1,000 coverage per stolen identity event.
Have any questions about any of that? Hit the comments!
Don’t need any of those amazing benefits? All you need to do is spend a buck on the OnePass Plus MasterCard and you’ll have more than enough miles for a free domestic ticket and you’ll have a whole year to try out the benefits of the card for free!