Conti: A Perfect Gift – for Zip, Zilch, Nada

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The gift?  No, it’s not a bag ‘o dirt.  Look skyward.  Nope, it’s not a novena.  Give the gift of flight!  Please read my “12 Reasons To Conti While You Can” – ideas you may not have considered (below).  But the clock is ticking.  I strongly recommend you do this, but you kinda need to do it now or in the next 7-10 days, to be safe.

I have been plugging this in video and more video – because it is THE BEST airline card deal.  I was suggesting this nine months ago, before I knew I could get a little sumthin’ sumthin’ from Chase to help support this blog, if readers clicked on my referral links and were approved.  That gives me “Card Cred” my friend.  Other airlines have offers that will get you enough frequent flyer miles for a free flight.  But they have spending requirements of hundreds to thousands of dollars.  The amount you must spend on this offer is one penny.

All you need to do is get the card and use it to buy anything, even something for a penny (assuming you can find something to buy for a penny), pay the card in full (in this example: a penny), and you will get 30,000 frequent flyer miles (25K after first use + 5K authorized user bonus) – more than enough for a free round-trip flight.

“12 Reasons To Conti While You Can”

  1. Perhaps the BEST reason: Emergencies
    When I got the call that my dad was dying, a call that many of us have or will receive, I went online to book a flight.  It was almost $1,000.  Ouch!  But I could get a seat on the very same flight for 25,000 frequent flyer miles. I used the miles and saved almost $1,000.  Three hours later I was on a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Ohio.
  2. “I don’t fly.”
    Then give the gift of flight.  Use the miles to get a ticket for someone.  Send your kids to visit a relative, or fly a friend or relative to see you.
  3. “I like things simple.  I don’t need a second credit card.”
    Nobody said you have to use it every day.  In fact, you could use it once, get your miles, and cancel the card.  It’s worth keeping around for other perks like free checked bags and two annual passes to the President’s/United Club lounge.  But yes, you could get the miles, cancel the card, and the miles are yours to keep.
  4. “What am I going to do with one ticket?”
    I suggest you and your significant other, or gal pals, or buddies each apply for your own card.  Then you each will have enough miles for a free ticket so you can take a trip together: A weekend away from the kids, Girls’ Getaway or Guys’ Golf trips.
  5. “The only time we fly is on an annual family trip.”
    If your children are 18, have them apply for their own cards.  Everyone flies free!
  6. “I don’t fly Continental or United.”
    Why not?  They are giving you a free round trip flight to check them out.
  7. “What is the interest rate?”
    There are no stupid questions.  But if there were, this one would be a candidate.  You just have to make one purchase to get 30,000 miles  (25K after first use + 5K authorized user bonus).  Get the card, buy a pack of gum, pay it off in full.  If you are like my buddy Brad and have never had a credit card, Rule #1 is to always pay your credit card balance in full, every month, or don’t use it.
  8. “Will my credit score drop if I apply for new credit?”
    FICO, the authority on credit scores, says, “If it does, it probably won’t drop much.”  Having more available credit that you do not use, lowers your debt to credit limit ratio, which IMPROVES your credit score.
  9. My buddy Jeff was busting my chops.  He said: “Why would I want to get a credit card on an airline that is going out of business?  Next, you’ll be offering me a card with miles on TWA, Peoples, or Northwest Airlines!”
    On January 1st, when Continental merges fully into United, all Continental miles will automatically become United.  Until then, you can freely transfer Continental and United miles back and forth between the airlines.
  10. “Why get a Continental card?  Why not just get a United card?”
    Right now, there are TWO 30,000 frequent flyer mile credit card offers  (25K after first use + 5K authorized user bonus).  One on Continental AND one on United.  As of January 1st, you will only be able to get ONE offer: United’s.  A few years ago, Northwest merged with Delta, just like Continental and United are doing now.  Back then, I applied for a Northwest card, used it once, got the miles, and those miles became Delta miles.  Then I applied for a Delta card and got those miles as well.  TWO promotions for effectively ONE airline.
  11. “Can I apply for both cards and get 60,000 frequent flyer miles?”
    The official word from Chase is that you can only get the promotion on one card or the other.  The reality is quite the opposite.  Like me, my readers have had no problem applying for Continental AND United and getting 30,000  (25K after first use + 5K authorized user bonus) frequent flyer miles on BOTH.  See Comments under this post.
  12. “What will happen to my Continental card in January when there is no Continental?”
    It is my understanding that at some point your Continental card will be replaced with a United card.  If I were you, I would apply for the Continental now, and then apply for the United – before your Continental card becomes a United card.

Think of this as someone coming up to you and asking you if you want a $300 gift certificate for dinner at the fanciest steak place in town.  And you know the gift certificate is  legitimate.  You may not like to eat out, or you may be a vegetarian, but you certainly can think of someone who would really like that $300 gift certificate.  Again, I strong recommend you apply now so you can have time to get the card and make a charge in December.

Click on “Chip’s Favorite Credit Card Offers” at the top right side of this website for up-to-date deals, terms, and conditions on these cards and more.  Email me if you have any questions about which card might be right for your situation.

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