United MileagePlus Explorer Card Increased Offer
Here’s some good news if you could use some more United MileagePlus Miles! There is an increased bonus points offer on the United MileagePlus Explorer card from Chase. The regular offer on this credit card is 30,000 miles and now the offer is 50,000 miles! Note that when you go in through Chase, the offer is still 30,000 so you want to apply from the United website for the increased offer. There are reports on Reddit of some people getting a targeted 70,000 point offer – you can check if you are eligible by signing into your MileagePlus account. I wasn’t eligible for that offer but when I logged into my account and did a dummy booking I had an offer for 50,000 miles plus a $50 credit right before checkout.
Here are the details of the increased offer
- Earn 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of having your card
- Earn an additional 5,000 miles after adding an authorized user who makes a purchase in the first 3 months
- 2x points on tickets purchased through United
- 1x points on all other purchases
- 10,000 bonus points if you spend $25,000 on your card in a calendar year
- First checked bag is FREE when flying on United
- Priority boarding when flying on United
- 2 United Club passes each year
- Travel and purchase protection
- $95 annual fee is not waived the first year
This is a solid card to have if you have some United flights in your future! However, I don’t recommend it for your everyday spending. Chase Ultimate Rewards Points transfer directly to United and there are some better options for everyday spending. If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve you can earn 3 points per dollar on all travel and dining. Add the Chase Freedom Unlimited and you can earn 1.5 points per dollar on all of your other spending. Then you can transfer all of those points to United (or any of Chase’s transfer partners)
Unfortunately, this card is subject to Chase’s 5/24 Rule. If you have opened more than 5 credit cards (from any bank, not just Chase) in the last 24 months, you are unlikely to be approved for this card.
Where will you go with all of those United miles? Happy Travels…