HOUSTON, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced that it is offering OnePass members the opportunity to bid on VIP tickets to the 45th Annual GRAMMY Awards through the OnePass Online Auction at continental.ebaytravel.com . The airline is also offering tickets to the MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Dinner honoring Bono of the band U2. Continental Airlines is the official airline of the Recording Academy.
Scheduled for Feb. 23 at New York City`s Madison Square Garden, the GRAMMY Awards package includes tickets to pre- and post-GRAMMY receptions and the star-studded awards ceremony. The MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Dinner includes a silent auction and tribute concert on Feb. 21, at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for music fans,” said Kevin Gallagher, Continental manager of sponsorship marketing. “OnePass members who want to redeem miles for something other than traditional travel rewards will have the opportunity to mingle with today`s hottest stars at two of the music industry`s biggest events in New York City.”
GRAMMY Awards and MusiCares tickets are available at the OnePass Online Auction. The last day to bid on the auction items is Feb. 14. To bid, OnePass members are required to register and create an OnePass Online Auction profile using their OnePass number and personal identification number (PIN). Members must have miles in the account at the time of transaction.
Launched in June 2002, Continental Airlines teamed with eBay Travel to create continental.ebaytravel.com , which allows Continental OnePass members to bid on unique experiences using frequent flier miles. More than 2,500 members have bid on 192 experience packages totaling over 15 million miles since the program`s inception.
Through Continental`s corporate sponsorship of art, cultural and sporting institutions in its hub cities of New York, Houston and Cleveland, OnePass members have successfully bid on once in a lifetime experiences including a walk-on role to appear on-stage in the Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago, VIP tickets to a master violinist Itzhak Perlman concert, “all access” passes to the New York City Marathon, on-field sports clinics with the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, New Jersey Devils, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns, and traditional vacation packages.
Continental Airlines is the world`s seventh-largest airline and has more than 2,000 daily departures. With 131 domestic and 93 international destinations, Continental has the broadest global route network of any U.S. airline, including extensive service throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and carries approximately 41 million passengers per year on the newest jet fleet among major U.S. airlines. With 48,000 employees, Continental is one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” Fortune ranked Continental the No. 2 Most Admired Global Airline and No. 30 Most Admired Global Company in March 2002. For more company information, visit continental.com .