I am sure I sound like a broken record by mentioning the end of the partnership twice already this, but just want to ensure you do not wake up Saturday morning kicking yourself if you intended to transfer points over.
Today, September 30, marks the last day you can transfer American Express Membership Reward points over to Continental Airlines. Also, remember that you are able to transfer points from Continental to United for free. After tomorrow, there are still other Star Alliance airlines (Aeroplan, ANA, and Singapore Airlines) continuing with the American Express partnership, allowing transfers and thus allowing you to redeem points with Star Alliance flights (even Continental). However, they do not all allow the same benefits:
- Singapore Airlines: Higher taxes/fees
- Aeroplan and ANA: Do not allow a one-way redemption
I personally had a great experience transferring MR points to Continental a few months ago to redeem for a flight to Bangkok. They were the only airline that had availability right around the Christmas time for a low-level award, 32,500 points one-way! And taxes were extremely low, about $50/ticket.
Luckily though, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card with a 40,000 point bonus still allows transfers directly to Continental/United. This will give you the exact same benefit that the American Express partnership gave.
Also, make sure to look at my post yesterday with some other promotions and offers ending today!