Continental Airlines waives checked-baggage fee for Chase cardmembers

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 15:34 by Aviation Correspondent

Here is good news for some passengers of the United States-based Continental Airlines, the world’s fifth largest airline: Continental Airlines will waive its fee of $15 each way to check a first bag for Chase credit cardmembers and debit cardmembers.

Over 1 million people carry a Continental credit or debit card from JP Morgan Chase & Company’s Chase Bank, Continental Airlines said in a statement.

Continental Airlines Presidential Plus cardmembers are eligible to check up to 2 bags without paying a fee –a savings of up to $40 each way per passenger checking bags.

Passengers travelling with the primary Chase card will also be eligible for the waived fees if they are listed in the same reservation and check in at the same time, the airline said in the statement.

The waiver of fees, which will come into effect immediately, applies to all flights of Continental Airlines, Continental Express, and Continental Connection. However, checked bags must meet restrictions on weight and size.

Continental Airlines is based in Houston, Texas, the United States. Together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, Continental Airlines has more than 2,500 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions, serving 134 domestic and 131 international destinations. In addition, over 675 points are served via alliance partners. The carrier’s principal operations are from its three hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport (in Newark, New Jersey), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (in Houston, Texas), and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (in Cleveland, Ohio). Continental Micronesia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Airlines, operates routes around Micronesia from its hub at Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam and connects the Micronesian region with destinations in East Asia, South-East Asia, Honolulu, and Cairns in Australia. Together with Continental Express, Continental Airlines carries around 69 million passengers a year.

In an effort to cope with the enormously high costs of aviation turbine fuel, five of the six largest airlines based in the United States had imposed a fee to check a first bag. Delta Air Lines, based in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States, is the only one of the six big United States-based carriers not to have imposed a fee to check a first bag.

Mark Bergsrud, senior vice-president (marketing programmes and distribution) of Continental Airlines, said in the official statement: “We worked closely with Chase to improve the value of our family of co-branded credit and debit cards. Waiving the first checked baggage fee offers a significant benefit to the more than one million customers who carry a Continental Airlines Chase credit card or debit card.”