Continental and United’s merger is progressing along. Till they get the license to operate as one airline, they will continue to operate as two separate airlines. They have started taking steps to merge. Here are some:
Both Continental (more so) and United have started painting their planes with the new United livery. Attached is a picture I took of a United 777 painted with the new livery, parked at a gate at Washington Dulled (IAD) airport.
The airlines now have 100% code sharing of all flights. As Star Alliance partners, they had many flights code shared, but not all.
They are applying upgrades to Elites of either airline at parity. The upgrade for each airline are still applied at the operating airlines rules. So, United follows United MileagePlus elite structure and upgrade protocol (their UDU) and Continental is following OnePass’s.
Lounge membership is now available to members of either lounge, at parity. (This was pretty much true before too).
Continental has done away with its complimentary snacks and meals in economy on domestic routes. This one should have gone the other way with United duplicating Continental…
What’s not done (or unknown)
Flying one airlines metal is not contributing towards ‘lifetime’ membership on the others mileage program. Only Redeemable and Elite Status miles are crediting.
United has it. Continental does not.
Still cannot use unused tickets (or vouchers) issued by one airline on the other.
Still cannot use upgrade instruments (such as SWU’s, CR1’s) from one airline on the other.
I am sure there will be many more changes as the merger progresses. I am looking forward to them addressing the ones I have listed as not done yet.
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