Chase Card Services, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., has launched the Continental Airlines OnePass Plus Card and added new benefits to its existing Continental Airlines Presidential Plus Card. Both cards will provide cardholders with travel benefits and more options to earn and redeem Continental OnePass miles.

The OnePass Plus Card carries a yearly fee of $85 and includes the benefits offered on the former Continental Airlines World MasterCard, including two OnePass miles per dollar spent purchasing Continental tickets with the card, the waiving of checked-bag fees and access to Continental’s Presidential Club.

For new customers, Chase is waiving the annual fee for the first year indefinitely, David Gold, Chase Card Services senior vice president, tells PaymentsSource. Existing customers will begin to receive new cards in the next few weeks, he adds.

The newest benefit to the OnePass Plus card is that each year cardholders will be eligible to receive a one-time 10,000-mile bonus when they reach $25,000 in card spend.

For both the OnePass Plus and the Presidential Plus card, cardholders now have the opportunity to redeem OnePass miles at more than 60,000 hotels and car-rental locations in addition to flights on any of the other 26 Star Alliance network airlines globally, Gold says. Cardholders may redeem their points on other carriers within the alliance.

Moreover, holders of either card also may redeem their miles for nontravel rewards, such as for concert and sporting-event tickets, and for specially designed packages such as a party with a celebrity chef, Gold says.

Other new benefits for both cards include first-class upgrades for Elite members traveling on a OnePass reward ticket beginning in 2011, better purchase protection with higher coverage and specialized travel offerings from Chase’s Luxury Hotel and Resorts Collection, which includes such brands as The Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

The Presidential Plus Card, which launched in 2006, also is a MasterCard-branded card and carries a yearly fee of $395. New customers will receive a $95 statement credit after they make their first purchase, which also is an indefinite offer, Gold says.

Since the card’s rollout, cardholders were able to earn, maintain or elevate their Elite status with flexible elite qualifying miles earned from purchases made with the card. Now they may earn miles quicker, and Chase has eliminated the initial yearly cap and reset, Gold says.

Previously, Presidential Plus cardholders earned 2,000 flexible elite qualifying miles for every $15,000 they spent, with a yearly cap and reset of $26,000. With the elimination of the yearly cap and reset, the earn rate increased to 1,000 flexible elite qualifying miles per $5,000 in purchases, Gold explains.

Additionally, the Presidential Plus card gives cardholders the option for priority check-in, boarding and express security screening, priority baggage handling and additional protection benefits such as emergency evacuation, trip delay and event ticket protection coverage.

Concerning the upcoming merger of Continental Airlines Inc. and United Airlines Inc., Gold notes that “the merger will take a long time to complete, so it is too early to speculate how the card programs will change.” Chase also issues cards for United.

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