United, Continental boards OK merger

May 2nd, 2010, 05:31 PM
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United, Continental boards OK merger

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100502/bs_nm/us_united
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May 2nd, 2010, 06:24 PM
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People are crying on the streets of Houston; and up in Ohio, Clevelanders are ready to push Hopkins into Lake Erie.
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May 3rd, 2010, 04:44 AM
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Drat - was just getting into Continental and racking up FF miles (they fly to Mexico and have great service)!
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May 3rd, 2010, 06:49 AM
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From what I have read, Houston will remain a major hub. I've heard nothing about Cleveland.

Continental says the frequent flyer programs will be integrated, keeping the best (for them or us?) features of each. There has already been a lot of interplay, as both are Star members. But the new largest airline in the world still can't seem to find their way to Fairbanks. And when I asked about service to Russia, they only listed Moscow, although I know Star partner Lufthansa flies to St. Petersburg. One of the problems with Continental's web site is that it doesn't grasp a lot of Star alliance flights, and gives you a message that you have to call to check on an itinerary; perhaps they will fix this as part of the merger; perhaps not.
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May 3rd, 2010, 08:38 AM
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They are keeping CLE as a hub for now, but the writings are all on the wall that they'll gradually shrink it down to nothing. [Read: PIT, CVG, STL]. I do feel bad for Clevelanders (I was born there), but that is inevitable.
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May 3rd, 2010, 09:45 AM
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I finally made Silver Elite with Continental and now this. Would I be better to cancel my Continental Credit Card in the next few months and get another one with United (once my miles have been posted to United) for more bonus miles?
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May 3rd, 2010, 11:36 AM
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wally - Why do you need to cancel your CO credit card? But sure, you should get a UA card sometime down the line to get the bonus miles before the two programs combine. Assuming the merger get through, of course.
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May 3rd, 2010, 01:24 PM
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Clevelander here. Also have 60,000 continental miles saved up.
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May 4th, 2010, 01:56 PM
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One paper today seemed to feel there would be serious antitrust issues, and I don't think this administration is as hands off on such issues as the last. So an agreement has been signed, but it isn't really a done deal yet unless they have gotten approval in advance from the bureaucrats.
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May 4th, 2010, 02:46 PM
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Jeff Smisek: "I didn't want him (Glenn Tilton) to marry the ugly girl, I wanted him to marry the pretty one. And I am much prettier."

Doug Parker and the folks at US Airways must be feeling really good about all of this now.
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May 4th, 2010, 02:52 PM
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I had met Jeff Smisek a few times, and really enjoyed his take-no-prisoner speech, and his dry humor.

BTW, he later clarified that he wasn't talking about Doug. He added "Doug is a very handsome man", according to WSJ.
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