There’s a new all-time best offer for the Continental Airlines Mastercard, 50,000 miles after first purchase and no fee the first year. (HT: Rick.)
Continental and United have merged. Next year the frequent flyer programs will be combined. So there’s no reason to wait for a better offer for the Continental card. You can usually only get the signup bonus for each Chase credit card only once, if you haven’t had a Continental Mastercard before now is certainly the time to get one because the product will cease to exist in less than a year.
And of course your Continental and United mileage balances are going to be merged, so even if you’re just a United person you should consider grabbing these 50,000 miles because they’ll be added to your Mileage Plus balance down the road.
Now, you may not want to do this for about a week!
If you wait until February 1st when Continental’s Mile-a-thon offer begins (registration required), you’ll earn credits for that by applying for this card. That’s the strategy I used a year ago when I signed up for a Continental Mastercard, it netted me an extra 5000 miles.
I’ve actually kept the card, I rather like it, in fact it’s my go-to card for online shopping. That’s because Continental Mastercard holders earn double miles on all shopping done through the Continental Onepass shopping portal. Drugstore.com becomes 10 miles per dollar instead of 5, FTD (based on current earning, sometimes this changes) becomes 50 miles per dollar insead of 25. Just for a few examples.