Free elite status. You may

Free elite status. You may recall from my earlier posts that the way you get treated well up in the air is by becoming one of an airline’s “elite members” — something that most airlines award with 25,000 miles of travel in a year.

Continental is actually offering “trial” elite status. Specifically, they are offering “silver elite” status through November 15, 2002. All you have to do is call 1-800-554-5522 and ask for promo code “GG ONE RA2M26”. Plus, this status will be extended through February, 2004 if you fly 3 roundtrips before the end of promo period and they’ll give you “Gold” status if you fly 6 roundtrips.

There’s only one hitch — this came as a targeted mailing. That means you may not technically be eligible — but folks are having success signing up whether they got the mailing or not. You might call and be told no — but if you are, just call back and ask again and odds on you’ll be told yes.

So what does Silver status get you?
* priority check-in and priority boarding (don’t have to wait in the usual lines)
* automatic upgrades to first class based on available space
* bonus miles

What does Gold status get you?
* same as Silver, but more bonus miles and higher priority for your upgrades.

Might as well sign up!

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community Milepoint.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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