May 18th, 2010

socks and cat

Worst airline ever??

The bank that holds my business account is offering mileage reward debit cards. For $65 per year I can get 1 mile per dollar spent with all debit card purchases that do no require a PIN number (in other words, it is a debit card but process all your transactions as if it was a credit card). I can put my $409 per month health insurance premiums on my debit card, so that's 409 miles per month!!

Here's the catch: it's with Continental Airlines. I tried checking their website for some of my most common flights. First I tried Seattle to Fresno. Unlike Alaska Airlines that charges $300 for that flight, Continental charges $800 for that flight. Odd considering they have a low price guarantee promising they will be cheaper than all other airlines. I tried my other favorite flight: Seattle to Oakland. Their website says they offer it but can't list those flights on their website. Ummmm...what!?

I tried calling them to see what's up with all this. I got a recording telling me I can expect to hold for 10 to 15 minutes. Again...what!?

I'm ready to walk away from from this debit card mileage offer except Continental is about to merge with United Airlines. If I can get these miles on United then I'll get the $65 per year card. But so far Continental is sucking worse than any other airline even without me having to try them first by taking one of their flights.