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(UPDATE 8/9 – Reposting as these offers are set to expire at the end of the day tomorrow (Wednesday August 10th). It is possible and/or maybe even likely that these offers will return again, but if you’re looking for this United card at this higher offer, now would be a good time!)

KEY LINK

  • United Explorer Card – 70,000 United Mileage Plus miles. 60,000 airline miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. An additional 10,000 miles after you spend $6,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open.

You can find this offer on our top credit card offers page under airline credit cards.

I’ve often said that one of the best ways to get lots of miles and points is through applying for new credit cards. It’s just too hard to get any appreciable amount of miles by just your regular everyday spending (unless you are spending a LOT). So for most people, regularly applying for new credit cards every couple of months is the best way to get enough miles and points to go somewhere fun. Of course, that also goes right into the other thing that I regularly say, and that is to not sign up for a credit card just because some guy on the Internet said that you should.

Chase United Explorer Card

The Chase United Explorer Card is the mid-tier co-branded credit card from Chase and United. It currently has a bonus of 70,000 United MileagePlus miles, on a tiered structure

  • 60,000 airline miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • An additional 10,000 miles after you spend $6,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open.

While United MileagePlus miles don’t get you quite as far as they used to, there are still certainly some decent deals around. I used United miles to fly my daughter and I on EVA Air to Taiwan and Beijing a couple of years ago (though we missed the Hello Kitty plane because I’m stupid)

United Explorer card benefits

In addition to the welcome bonus miles, the Chase United Explorer card has the following benefits

  • 1st bag checked for free when you use your card to purchase your ticket (note that this benefit is slightly worse than some of the other airline co-branded cards; both American and Delta don’t require you to pay for your ticket with the card to get the free bag)
  • $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre credit
  • Priority boarding on United flights, including the ability to take a full-size carryon on a Basic Economy ticket.
  • Holding the card gets you increased access to award flights and last-seat availability
  • 2 one-time United Club passes each year for your anniversary (SEE ALSO: United Club Boston Logan review)
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at dining, including eligible delivery services
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • 25% back on United inflight purchases

There is an annual fee of $95; which is waived for the first year

As always, DO NOT SIGN UP FOR A CREDIT CARD JUST BECAUSE SOME GUY ON THE INTERNET SAYS YOU SHOULD. But if you do plan on signing up, we appreciate it if you support the site by signing up through our Chase United Explorer link (we may receive a commission).


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