The Continental OnePass mileage program officially ends on 12/31/11, and will wind down all operations in the first quarter of next year.
The combined program will be United Mileage Plus and it will include all of your Continental and United miles. It will even include all elite qualifying miles that you’ve earned over the years (for United this will even include all past elite miles that until now haven’t counted towards their million miler program) to count towards million miler lifetime Star Alliance Gold status for you and a significant other.
The surviving mileage number however will be your Continental number (yay!) and the surviving website will be Continental.com (double yay!), although of course it will be located at United.com…
Got all that?
Anyway as of now Continental miles have never expired, but United miles expire if you don’t have activity every 18 months. In the future the combined United miles will expire if you don’t have activity every 18 months, but if you have a Continental OnePass Plus Mastercard or a United Mileage Plus Explorer Visa your miles won’t expire. (Don’t have a Continental OnePass Plus card right now? Now may be the last time to get it and people continue to have success in getting the Continental and United signup offers bumped to 50,000 miles for spending $1 by sending a secure message to Chase after receiving the card asking to be matched to the 50,000 mile offer.)
You can use this site to link your accounts and transfer miles between your Continental and United accounts. Transferring miles from United to Continental and then back again to United will extend all of your miles for another 18 months! Plus if you have elite status or elite qualifying miles in both program it will match it to the other program. The names and addresses and both accounts must match for the accounts to be linked. If it doesn’t work in one internet browser (IE, Chrome, or Firefox, etc) then try a different one. If you still can’t get the accounts to link try calling the Continental OnePass Service center at 713-952-1630 until 9pm EST, but be prepared for 25-45 minute hold times.