Effective September 30th 2011 Continental is ending it’s relationship and multiple benefits with American Express.
- Centurion card members lose Gold Elite status with Continental (currently Centurion cardholders receive automatic Gold Elite status)
- American Express cardholders can no longer able to transfer AMEX Membership Rewards to Continental Onepass Miles
American Express PR commented that: “Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reach an agreement with Continental to continue these benefits beyond September 30, 2011,” said Lynne Biggar, senior vice president for American Express’ Membership Rewards program. In attempt to soften the blow of the relationship American Express announced somewhat trivial benefits for Platinum and Centurion cardholders, namely a $200 airline fee credit.
It is quite possible the loss of the Continental benefits will not be replaced for past Centurion cardholders; Years ago Centurion card holders were given Starwood Platinum status and “replaced” with an equivalent benefit. If AMEX does not produce a replacement benefit to Continental status on their Centurion card, they should expect to lose a chunk of cardholders who leverage the cards $2500/year fee for travel benefits, namely elevated airline status.