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Old Jul 3, 08, 1:44 am
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Chase Continental Card

I currently have a United MP Card as my primary card, and have been using a US Air Visa as my backup. However, with the introduction of Continental coming into the star alliance, I am thinking about ditching the US card, and going with a CO card. What is the current offer from Chase, looks like 20k bonus miles. Is there a better offer out there, anything I should be looking for?

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Old Jul 3, 08, 3:38 am
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Originally Posted by mlx52 View Post
I currently have a United MP Card as my primary card, and have been using a US Air Visa as my backup. However, with the introduction of Continental coming into the star alliance, I am thinking about ditching the US card, and going with a CO card. What is the current offer from Chase, looks like 20k bonus miles. Is there a better offer out there, anything I should be looking for?

Thanks for the help
I believe it is 21000 miles at present.

I wouldn't expect the *A thing to happen too quickly...my guess would be the end of next year.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 7:13 am
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I would not collect points on two different airlines in the same alliance. So I wouldn't use UA/US now and I wouldn't use UA/CO in the future. The 21K points is a nice chunk to get started with, but I would still reconsider your approach to the cards so that you are maximizing your flexibility with the points that you will earn.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 7:52 am
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Beware of the annual fee

Beware of the $85 annual fee starting on day 366. I cancelled mine.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 8:02 am
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hopefully you can find a promotion where they waive the first year annual fee. there's no point to pay the annual fee for the credit card. it doesn't give you 5% anymore. yes give you miles for everything you spend and double miles for booking on co.com and other stores but it's not worth the annual fee.

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Old Jul 3, 08, 9:07 am
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Wow, thanks for the information. I just got my $85 bill for the Chase CO card and was going to automatically rewnew--but knowing that there is really no benefit to having it anymore, I will just cancel it.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 10:06 am
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If you get charged the annual fee, but have made one purchase that month, can you pay the full bill except for the annual fee and cancel the card so as not to pay the annual fee, but still get the miles earned from the purchase that month?
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Old Jul 3, 08, 10:40 am
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If you get charged the annual fee, but have made one purchase that month, can you pay the full bill except for the annual fee and cancel the card so as not to pay the annual fee, but still get the miles earned from the purchase that month?
Nope. When I canceled they wouldn't even give me the miles for the statement for month 12. From the moment you cancel, they don't credit any more miles to CO.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 11:05 am
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Like everything in life, the annual fee is negotiable.

... have yet to pay one.

It helps that Chase has abysmal service, so you have a bit of leverage.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by ecq View Post
yes give you miles for everything you spend and double miles for booking on co.com and other stores but it's not worth the annual fee.
Be aware, they do not give you double miles for booking vacation packages on CO.com!!! IMO, none of the CO chase cards are worth it or for that matter any airline credit card as you are restricted to award tickets.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 11:53 am
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The Chase discount coupons are pretty worthless and annoying, too. I have been unable to successfully redeem mine.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 2:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Bernoulli 777 View Post
Beware of the $85 annual fee starting on day 366. I cancelled mine.
To be clear, can one have the card for a year without paying a fee? I've been thinking about getting it since the 21k sign-up bonus is pretty good and I've been looking for a better Visa/MC to complement my SPG Amex. If I can use it for a year for free I'll go with it for now.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 2:55 pm
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The Chase discount coupons are pretty worthless and annoying, too. I have been unable to successfully redeem mine.
Send them my way then... I was able to use mine LGA-IAH-DFW to get a ticket a few months ago for this weekend for $199 a/i round trip in V class.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 3:01 pm
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When I called to cancel, they did offer to 'downgrade' me to the Platinum CO card, which they said had no fee or to change me to the Business Card which would give me 15,000 miles. I declined both, as I was only using it when I booked tickets on CO and had some problems with them when my husband used it at grocery stores and took $10-15 cash back (they charged a $10 fee every time he did that) + interest etc.
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Old Jul 3, 08, 3:23 pm
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uh yeah, most, if not all credit cards have a cash advance fee, which is what your husband was doing. Not chase's fault (unless your husband's name is chase) Debit cards do not.

If memory serves don't you get a PC pass (or two) on your 1yr anniversary?
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