United MileagePlus/Continental OnePass

United's MileagePlus frequent flier program offers limited seating on every flight (no blackout dates) with their Saver Awards. One-way travel not allowed. Open-jaw trips are permitted though. Award flights are not upgradeable. A $25 fee applies.

Continental and United have taken the next step in their merger process by allowing you to transfer miles between your MileagePlus and OnePass accounts. You can also now combine your elite activity to match your elite status or qualify for a higher level. The Continental OnePass program will end on December 31, 2011, so get whatever Continental miles you can now. Continental Airlines' OnePass rewards start at 20,000 miles round-trip. 

Continental miles can be transferred into the Amtrak Guest Rewards program at a rate of 5,000 miles = 5,000 points. There is no maximum to the number of miles you can transfer. Amtrak Guest Rewards can be redeemed for gift cards at a rate of 10,000 points = $100, essentially making your miles worth a penny apiece. There is no word on if this benefit will continue after the OnePass program ends.
 
Star Alliance Partner awards vary by carrier and destination. Partners include: 
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air One
  • Emirates
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Island Air
  • Jet Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • TACA Airlines
  • TAM
Other ways to redeem miles:
  • Purchase one-way upgrades starting at 8,000 miles. 
  • Newspaper subscriptions 
  • restaurant.com dining certificates 
  • Hotels stays
  • Car rentals

2,000 United MileagePlus Miles for joining Netflix (4,000 if you use a United Visa to pay for it). This offer is for members who are new to Netflix, but as a former subscriber you can qualify for it if you use a new address, e-mail address, credit card, and as long as you haven't already received the Netflix bonus on your frequent flier account.

  • 25,000 bonus miles after your first purchase
  • 5,000 bonus miles for adding an authorized user
  • 2 miles for every $1 spent on United and Continental purchases
  • 1 mile for every $1 spent everywhere else
  • Free checked bag & priority boarding
  • 2 United Club passes every year
  • $95 annual fee is waived for the first year
  • There are rumors of a 50,000 mile version of this card coming soon, so it may be worthwhile to wait to apply for this card.
  • Earn 25,000 bonus miles after your first purchase. That's enough for a round-trip reward within the United States (excluding Hawaii)
  • Earn 5,000 bonus miles for adding an authorized user
  • Earn 10,000 bonus miles annually when you spend $25,000 on your Card
  • Earn 2 miles for every $1 spent when you purchase tickets from Continental Airlines on your Card
  • First checked bag free
  • Earn one mile for every $1 in purchases charged on your Card
  • $85 annual fee is waived for the first year
  • 25,000 bonus miles after your first purchase
  • 2 miles for every $1 spent on gas, dining, office supplies, and purchases from United or Continental
  • 1 mile for every $1 spent on everything else
  • Free checked bag & priority boarding
  • $95 annual fee waived for the first year
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