Goodbye to Continental, As the Airline Fades Off Into the Sunset
Well that’s it—Continental Airlines is officially gone forever unless it's eventually reincarnated as some kind of low cost carrier long into the future. There’s still plenty of stuff to be done as United and Continental celebrate their newlywed stage, but this weekend was kind of the official end of the airline from Houston.
Sure there are still Continental planes flying around the globe, but they’ll eventually be heading into the hangar for some new United paintjobs. You can only buy tickets for a United Airlines flight moving forward, and if you head over to Continental’s website you’re just forwarded over to the new United website—which is kind of the former Continental website with a few different clip arts.
You’re probably getting a new frequent flyer number, but your frequent flyer miles are now being combined into a jumbo account. Hopefully the combination of your United and Continental points can now get you to your ultimate award flight redemption.
Over the weekend the two airlines combined their websites and switched reservation systems, so there was definitely all kinds of potential for disaster. For the most part there’s been minimal complaining, and it looks like the transition has gone pretty smoothly. There were some flight delays, and airport kiosks were on the fritz here and there across the country. Some have reported that flight reservations have been screwed up—or aren’t showing up on the website—but it sounds like things are getting fixed and after the dust settles in a couple days we should all be good to go.
So if you haven’t paid your final respects to Continental Airlines be sure to do so sooner than later—like the next time you see the old airplane livery at the airport. We’ll miss their in-flight cheeseburgers, in-flight snacks, and in-flight television—kind of. So long Continental, and tell Northwest Airlines that we said hello.
[Photos: Deanster1983 and BriYYZ]