Mileage Plus to be the loyalty program for United Airlines and Copa Airlines

  • Members of Continental's OnePass to be auto-enrolled for 2012.



Chicago, USA - June 29, 2011 -- United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) today announced that Mileage Plus will be the loyalty program for its wholly owned subsidiaries United Airlines and Continental Airlines, as well as Copa Airlines, beginning in 2012. Moving to a single loyalty program is a significant milestone and will provide a more consistent travel experience for customers.


United and Copa Airlines will announce complete details about the new Mileage Plus program - including elite levels, qualifications and benefits, lifetime benefits, and other program developments - in the coming months, bringing together elements of the current Mileage Plus and OnePass loyalty programs.



Continental OnePass miles and status safe

Continental's OnePass loyalty program will end on Dec. 31, 2011. United will automatically enroll OnePass members in Mileage Plus and deposit into Mileage Plus award miles equal to their OnePass award miles balance. OnePass members' 2011 OnePass elite qualifying activity will be recognized fully in their 2012 Mileage Plus elite status. OnePass cobranded credit cards will continue to earn miles and benefits in the new Mileage Plus program.

In the meantime, United, Continental and Copa customers who are currently enrolled in both Mileage Plus and OnePass may link their accounts, enabling them to combine their miles and earn awards faster this year.


"At Copa Airlines we are pleased to be part of a world class frequent-flyer program," said Pedro Heilbron, chief executive officer of Copa Airlines. "We look forward to working with the new United and Mileage Plus to make the best program in the region even better, with more ways for members to earn and redeem rewards."


Launched in 1981, Mileage Plus is the world's most rewarding loyalty program, with a wide array of travel, credit card and retail partners. Mileage Plus members may earn elite travel benefits, including Premier Access airport services, and have access to one of the most extensive merchandise redemption programs in the industry. With the new United's leading global route network, no other airline offers more destinations for award travel.


Mileage Plus received the Frequent Traveler award for best airline elite program in 2011, the second year in a row. In addition, readers of Global Traveler magazine voted Mileage Plus best frequent flyer program in 2010 for the seventh year in a row.


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