Continental Airlines is upgrading its OnePass frequent flyer programme (FFP) as part of its entrance into the Star Alliance network on October 27.
OnePass members will then be able to earn miles and redeem them on 24 major airlines with flights to over 950 cities worldwide.
“With change comes opportunity, and we’re working hard to ensure the transition to Star is smooth for our customers,” said Mark Bergsrud, senior vice president of marketing programs and distribution at Continental Airlines. “We look forward to bringing new benefits, better global coverage and more good news later this year.”
When Continental joins Star Alliance, OnePass Platinum and Gold Elite members will automatically become Star Alliance Gold members.
Platinum and Gold Elite members will have access to more than 800 worldwide lounges when traveling on an international itinerary with any Star Alliance member airline, regardless of class of travel.
Additionally, Platinum and Gold Elite members will receive an extra baggage allowance of up to three bags or 20kg on both Continental and Star Alliance member airlines and will receive priority services including priority airport check-in, boarding and baggage handling across the network.
In addition to these benefits, upcoming changes to the OnePass program include fewer fees for Platinum Elite members, no more Saturday-night stay required for reward travel and 100 percent Elite Qualification Miles and Points earnings on all tickets.
Continental Airlines is the only carrier offering daily nonstop service from Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai to New York. The routes are served by B777-200 aircraft.