Potential Extra 25,000 Points for Recent Continental Credit Card Holders

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A few weeks ago, I wrote that applying for the Continental OnePass credit card with a 25,000 mile bonus could prevent you from getting the bonus on the United Explorer card later on.  That’s because the Continental OnePass card would convert to the United Explorer card and since Chase usually allows you to get the sign-on bonus only per card type, it wasn’t clear if you’d be eligible to get the bonus again.

Well, a number of readers who already had the United Explorer card applied for the Continental OnePass card and were approved.

Even better, readers commented (I clearly didn’t research this aspect very well) that Chase is matching folks who applied for the 25,000 mile Continental OnePass card, in approximately the last 3 months, to 50,000 miles!  All you have to do is send Chase a secure message.

To send a secure message, log into your Chase account, and click on “Secure Message Center” to the right of the “Welcome First Name Last Name” in the top part of the screen.

In the comments, the ever helpful CanadianMillionMiler, shares his template for success:

Yesterday I got approved for the Continental card which I
applied on February 27 with a signing bonus of 25K+ 5K
miles. However, I recently came across a few discussions
online in various forums that there is a better offer of
50K Continental miles, I would like to request that Chase
kindly offer the miles matching of 50K miles that others
have recently been able to get matched.

Thank you kindly for all your help and I look forward to
hearing from you.

Warmest regards,

CanadianMillionMiler

Now, you’re not guaranteed to get the extra points, but if you applied for the Chase Continental card in the last 3 months, it doesn’t hurt to ask.  As always,  you’ll get no miles if you don’t ask.

Thanks again to readers for sharing their experience in the comments so that we can all earn extra miles and points!

Bottom Line:  If you were approved for the Chase Continental card in the last 3 months, it doesn’t hurt to send a secure message to Chase to ask them to match you to the 50,000 mile offer.

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26 responses to “Potential Extra 25,000 Points for Recent Continental Credit Card Holders

  1. Colonel(Ret.)Wes

    Ida just got the 25K +5K rewarded yesterday Daraius, secure Chase message sent this a.m., using Canadian miler’s template (thx)..thanks again for another timely big travel w/small money tip..Hooah!

  2. Same thing happened to us back in Nov/Dec 2011. We applied and received the 25,000 miles after first purchase cards, yet sent a secure message and were upgraded to the 50,000 mile offer. Our family enjoyed the extra bounty of miles!

    • @Colonel(Ret.)Wes – That was quick! Thanks for sharing and to CanadianMillionMiler and other for sharing their success on the comments!

      @InACents – Isn’t it great when that happens! I still remember how thrilled I was when Emily was able to bump up her Sapphire Preferred bonus.

  3. Update took only four hours for Chase to respond to our secure message requestion 50K match. Chase will add 20Kmiles to Ida’s account, thanks again Daraius–another fortuitous & timely million miles blog post.

  4. Thanks for the heads-up! Applied for the Continental card in Nov and the United card in January. Just had the United 50k post today. Would be stoked to get another 25k out of the Continental Card (which now shows up as a 2nd Explorer card). Cheers!

  5. Dang…and I just canceled my Cont card in preparation to apply for the United card in a few months. Wonder if they will credit me miles even though my card is canceled.

  6. Now the question is…. Since the CO card is now a United card to Chase (and shows as such in everyone’s online accounts), I am wondering if we can match it to the 60k United offer that was available in February. Planning on trying this as soon as my initial miles post….

  7. Is this just for the personal card? I got the 25,000 with the Continental Business card in Dec 2011. Thanks E

  8. @Million Mile Secrets

    Hi, I’ve spotted a promotion, which is” Free Upgrade to Starwood Gold Status When You Stay in Asia-Pacific and Pay With Mastercard”. The link is “http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/promotions/registration/landing_page.html?promoID=WMQ”

    I am not sure whether it must be a WORLD MASTERCARD, and I am not sure whether POINTS+CASH counts. Thanks.

  9. Sorry I forgot one. It needs one stay in ASIA-PACIFIC, but it lasts until 2013.

  10. Just a tip for others sending a “Secure Message” to Chase:

    I kept getting an error after trying to send the message when I selected “Ultimate Rewards Program Inquiry” as my topic. When I changed the topic to “Other Rewards Program Inquiry”, the message went through.

    Hopefully this works! Thank you for the sample message. I changed the wording slightly because there was a run-on sentence:

    “However, I recently came across a few discussions online in various forums that there is a better offer of 50K Continental miles, I would like to request that Chase kindly offer the miles matching of 50K miles that others have recently been able to get matched.”

    became

    “However, I recently came across a few discussions online in various forums that there is a better offer of 50K Continental miles. I would like to request that Chase kindly offer me the 50K miles that others have recently been able to get matched.”

  11. Thanks so much for the info! I emailed them this morning and about four hours later I got a response. They are adding 20,000 miles to match the other offer. As a newbie to the points game, I really appreciate your blog and comments from other users.

  12. Update: worked for me too. They wrote me back in about 15 minutes!

    I’d suggest one final change to the message script:

    Looks like symbols get removed from our messages to prevent hacking, so the phrase “25K + 5K miles” got turned into “25K 5K miles” on their end. I’d just write “30k miles” so the poor Customer Support reps aren’t left scratching their heads.

    Thanks again for the tip! Easiest 20k miles I’ve ever earned!

  13. CanadianMillionMiler

    Congrats to everyone on the upgrade! Just another tip, if possible try to modify wordings a bit here and there to add uniqueness to your request. Hopefully with the template modification, this would be around a little longer and everyone would get their extra 20K bonuses.

    Just trying to minimize the chance of them shutting this down the way they shut down Sapphire 100K matching earlier. Hopefully the uniqueness of each request will help prolong this avenue for everyone a little longer 🙂

  14. FWIW, I received the card in October 2011 and was not allowed to bump this bonus up. The representative specifically stated that there is a 90 day cutoff. Good to know for the future, and congrats to everyone who did get a bump!

  15. Me too. Declined because 95 days since approval. Would this be a good time to close the account? Maybe they would reconsider.

    • @SpillWay – Hope it works out!

      @Ryan – I doubt it, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

      @Steelsnow – I believe you can match to the United 60K offer as well.

      @E – Unfortunately, it is only for the personal Continental card, not the business version.

      @Rui Zhang
      – Thanks for sharing. I doubt that Cash and Points will count, since it is usually not a qualifying rate.

      @Joe @kj – Congrats & thanks for letting us know that it works!

      @CanadianMillionMiler – Thanks again for the comment and template. And I agree that folks should modify your template a bit.

      @Tim @alohastephen – That’s too bad. Doesn’t hurt to threaten a cancellation (if you were eventually going to cancel to see what happens.

  16. I emailed and was declined the extra miles because I applied over 90 days ago. However, I called to cancel my card and they offered 10k bonus miles to retain me.

  17. Thanks for the great tip! I received the 30k offer about six weeks ago and was disappointed at missing the 50k when I heard about it. I sent a secure message (changing the wording from the above suggestions, as CanadianMillionMiler recommended) and was given 20k points.

  18. Well i did not expect to get the 25,000 extra for my Business card from Dec 2011 but i just got this secure message.

    Dear E…..,

    Thank you for contacting Chase about your United credit
    card account.

    As you requested we have added 25,000 enrollment miles to
    match the 50,000 enrollment bonus. You will see this
    adjustment on your April 2012 billing statement.

    If you have any further questions, please reply using the
    Secure Message Center.

    Thank you,

    L. L……..
    Email Customer Service Representative

    Thanks Darius for your Blog. Been getting lots of miles lately!
    E

  19. Wow, just in the nick of time, so thanx! — the 20K increment to 50K
    was requested at 10 weeks+ since first card use and presumably
    just barely within 90 days from approval.

    On behalf of my family, I am very fortunate to have boosted
    Continental / United miles via at least 4 separate bonuses in
    the last year, including “old” Continental OnePass CC (30K bonus),
    United Select (50K), newer Continental OnePass Plus (30->50K),
    and the United Explorer (50K). Despite what many have warned,
    they were really all separate products. My timing just happened
    to be right to partake of all of them.

    In the old days, folks could churn the AA/Citi cards whereas Chase supposedly
    clamped down. But in reality, there were so many separate CC products
    tied to United/Continental (not including xfers from Ames/MR and
    Sapphire/UR) that the constraints were minimal. But maybe this is
    the “last hurrah” … — loquitur

  20. Slight errata for my above posting: “Ames” -> “Amex”.

    Also important to note however, is that Chase boosted my OnePass+ to 50K
    *despite* the fact that I already possess the Explorer card packing a 50K bonus.
    So don’t let that stop you from receiving re-consideration.
    Thus, Chase’s reasoning may have more to do with the now-traditional 90-day match policy rather than “OnePass+ will transition to Explorer, so that we (Chase) will
    boost you now in-lieu of a new bonus”. I received 50K on United VISA Signature Select, OnePass (old), Explorer, OnePass+, sequentially, all in short order.
    Luck of the draw, perhaps.

    • @loquitur – Thanks for sharing the details. Chase usually lets you get the sign up bonus on different card types, and they do seem to introduce a “new” card type often. You got quite the haul!

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