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Continental and United have announced that they are working together on allowing Elite Frequent Flyers from each airlines FFPs reciprocal access to upgrades and priority boarding. This is an excerpt from the Continental email I received yesterday:

“Continental and United are working toward implementing reciprocal Elite access to upgrades and priority seating on both airlines by mid-year 2010. OnePass Elite members will have access to unlimited domestic upgrades as well as priority seating in United’s Economy Plus® cabin on purchased tickets when space is available.

When you’re traveling on a United flight, your unlimited domestic upgrade request will be processed along with United’s Mileage Plus elite members, depending on your OnePass Elite status. Additionally, OnePass Elite members will have access to United’s Economy Plus® seating at time of ticketing, offering more legroom near the front of the economy cabin.”

Hopefully this initiative proves popular and successful enough that other Star Alliance airlines look at adding similar reciprocating benefits between them for their Elite members.

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