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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.



The Chase United Explorer Card is the mid-tier co-branded credit card from Chase and United. It currently has a bonus where you can bonus_miles_full

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.
  • 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

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The Real Benefit of the card_name – better award availability

I signed up for this card a few months ago and I have been enjoying one particular perk – the increased award availability. United gives better award availability to elite members and people who hold one of their cobranded credit cards, like the United Explorer card. It’s not uncommon to see things like this when searching for award availability on United.

The crossed out price is the “regular” price while the lower price is only shown to elite members and people who have a United credit card. Just make sure that you’re logged into your MileagePlus account when searching. This has already saved me a few times. I got the card initially because of the waived annual fee the first year, and I’m considering keeping it when the annual fee is charged on my anniversary.

(SEE ALSO: 13 cards I’ll consider paying the annual fee on)

The Bottom Line

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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 links. Yes, United has definitely devalued their miles, but there is still some value here. The increased award availability can make a big difference, especially if you’re trying to get multiple tickets or travel to a popular destination.

Good luck and happy traveling

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