Continental Airlines has quietly renewed its 100% EQMs for flights booked on its website.
For all of you non-freaks out there, that means that Continental will continue to offer 100% Elite credit for flights booked on its website—it had originally said that in 2005 it would only offer 50% Elite credit for heavily discounted tickets, even for flights booked on its website.
For all of you non-frequent flyers, Continental offers Elite status for reaching mileage or flight threshholds (Silver for 25,000 miles or 30 segments flown, Gold for 50k or 60 segments, and Platinum for 75k or 90 segments. Elite status gets you free upgrades and mileage bonuses, among other smaller perks). In short, Continental had essentially doubled the amount of flying you’d have to do to reach this level for most of its flyers.
With the announcement of the $5 telephone booking fee, the extension of full Elite credit is a nice move.
(thanks to the guys at the Flyertalk Onepass forum for the tip)