by Michael J. Shapiro | July 06, 2011

Continental and United Airlines announced plans to merge their respective loyalty programs into Mileage Plus, United's legacy program, as of the first quarter of 2012. Continental's OnePass members will automatically be enrolled in Mileage Plus at that time. All reward miles, elite qualifying miles and elite qualifying segments will be maintained after the transition, the carriers noted in a message e-mailed to members. The news is the latest in a myriad of logistical decisions being made as the airlines' merger process progresses. More loyalty program specifics will be announced in the coming months at