By Jim Donovan: Continental Airlines OnePass frequent-flier program will soon be a thing of the past. The program will officially disappear on Dec. 31st as the merger between United and Continental continues.

Continental’s OnePass members don’t need to worry about losing their miles. United says it will automatically enroll OnePass members in Mileage Plus and deposit into Mileage Plus award miles equal to their OnePass award miles balance. Already, United and Continental are letting customers link their OnePass and Mileage Plus accounts, something that includes the options to combine miles.

OnePass members’ 2011 OnePass elite qualifying activity will be recognized fully in their 2012 Mileage Plus elite status. Chase OnePass credit cards, including OnePass Plus and Presidential Plus, will continue to earn miles and benefits in the Mileage Plus program.

United says more specifics about the merged frequent-flier programs will be announced later this summer.

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