Summary Box: United's big computer switchover

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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 1 at 9:01 PM

WHAT'S HAPPENING: United Airlines is combining passenger data with Continental Airlines. The change means Continental is going away as a separate airline.

WHY IT MATTERS: The change should mean that passengers no longer have to worry about which airline issued their ticket when they walk up to a ticket counter or manage their frequent flier miles.

WHAT'S NEXT: Early Saturday morning, United.com will become the airline's only website, the frequent flier accounts will be combined, and its passenger reservations will all be on one computer system.

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