- 1 Chase United MileagePlus Explorer (UA) credit card “4/27 update: 55K/75k extension to 6/26”
- 2 50,000+ United bonus miles with credit card strategy
- 3 The Unique Benefits Of The United Explorer Card: Expanded Award Space, Primary CDW Insurance, And Much More
Chase United MileagePlus Explorer (UA) credit card “4/27 update: 55K/75k extension to 6/26”
“4/27 update” according to the yesterday I received a mail offer, the Offer of 55K-75k extended to 6/26 globe. (General offer for 35k). 55K everyone can see, but 75k for the target offer, you need to log on UA account to decide whether there is. Soon in line with the five-year extension two-card standard is good news people, after all 75k UA mileage equivalent of round-trip economy class air ticket between China and. You don’t like United Airlines, it doesn’t matter! UA mileage out of Air China, ANA, Air Canada, China and is a lot of choice!
- Chase United Explorer 55K application link (March spending $2000, 50k mileage plus a second card 5k)
- Chase United Explorer 75k+$50 link (login to their UA account a chance to see the 70k offer takes March $3k, plus a second card throw 5k; consumption send for the first time $50)
- United MileagePlus Explorer introduction to credit card: basic characteristics of window 4. Disadvantages
- I was with this card:
- Application link:
United MileagePlus Explorer credit card description:
- Opening bonus: 30k-70k UA mileage (three months spent $3000) +5k (adding a second card)
- Consumption save UA mileage: UA website to buy tickets 2X, other 1X
- Mileage Canadian convertible UA Star Alliance member of the international and domestic air tickets
- No consumption abroad fees
- Annual fee is $95 (but for the first year)
- Card rewards rich: 35kUA can change a one-way ticket to Central America. If annual consumption 25K total 55K+25K+10K=90K UA mileage can be obtained, just 70k to get Sino-US round-trip tickets
- Use of UA mileage: spot exchange is easy, and can be found at the official website of the votes are needed. Due to the wide coverage Star Alliance, a small city to small city mileage in China from the United States. Round-trip only 70K miles. See: UA mileage Guide
- Turn UR UA: because UR points chase can Chase through CSP mileage credit cards go to the UA. Quarterly 5x on Chase Freedom credit card to save some, and Chase their CSP 2x save point, rapid accumulation of UR points. Then will be converted into UA points, coupled with the UA card open card rewards can change many people’s mileage tickets
- UA flight related benefits: priority boarding, the first piece of luggage free shipping in the United States each year 2 complimentary UA Club pass
- Consumption 25k additional 10K mileage: If a natural years flowers 25k, amounts to 1.4mile/$ ((25K+10K)/25K), suitable for main card as usual.
- Mileage XN holdings: the cardholder can see ordinary people can’t see the mileage (XN Holdings), particularly useful in peak season
- Car rental insurance
- MPX can have additional 25% frequent flyer miles
- Additional analysis: the UA card’s hidden benefits
- Chase cards usually no extra cash back event, unlike the AMEX AMEX OFFER,Citi Smart Savings,BOA BOA Deals
- Mileage using formal, UA mileage required on first class and business class mileage more, no jumping tricks tour can play
So far, already credit card holders for 1.5 years, mileage ticket are relatively easy to use. Priority boarding and free checked baggage is also good. Blogger application plus fly UA mileage earned before, for a one-way ticket between China and two Christmas, I feel pretty good.
50,000+ United bonus miles with credit card strategy
That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Or transfer points to United MileagePlus®, Southwest, British Airways, Marriott, and more.
Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
Earn 80,000 bonus points - Chase Ink Business Preferred℠
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If you’re new to earning United miles with credit cards, you can build up your United MileagePlus® account balance quickly with bonus mile offers.
If you get approved for multiple credit cards you’ll earn over 50,000 miles (50k from one card plus more from the second) if you meet the introductory spending requirements for each.
It starts with applying for both the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card (personal or business) and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.
The Sapphire is special because it earns points you can transfer into your United account at any time (see how it works).
So getting both lets you almost double up on intro bonus miles for your MileagePlus account and gives you flexibility to take advantage of the unique benefits of each card, like point transfer from the Sapphire Preferred and a free first checked bag and priority boarding from the Explorer Card.
(Note: If you’ve opened over 5 new card accounts in the last 2 years don’t count on an approval)
Some people might be targeted for a better deal of 70k miles or more on the United Explorer by logging into MileagePlus.
It’s OK to apply for multiple credit cards to take advantage of the unique benefits of different cards, since some are better for some types of spending than others. Just note you can only get one bonus offer per individual card with Chase, the exclusive provider of credit cards that earn United miles (i.e. only one United Explorer bonus).
You may sometimes be asked to reduce the credit line on one card to support a new one, and opening more than a few new cards might raise a flag, so go easy and only pick up cards you think you’ll use often. No need to do it all at once.
At MileCards.com we think the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is among the best credit cards for spending to earn United miles since it offers 2x points on all travel and dining purchases, including things like taxis and parking — something no United credit card currently being marketed offers.
And the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card earns points you can transfer 1:1 into not just United miles, but also Southwest Rapid Rewards and over 10 other airline and hotel programs (see how). No other personal card that earns United miles has more flexibility, so keep this at the front of your wallet.
A good way to maximize your earning is to put your normal spending on a United Explorer card – taking advantage of its annual 10,000 point bonus when you spend $25,000 or more in a calendar year. You’ll also enjoy priority boarding and free first checked bag benefits from the Explorer Card.
Then use the Sapphire Preferred for special category bonuses like dining and travel – and any spending where you want to earn points with the flexibility to transfer to other airline and hotel programs.
Here’s our strategy for racking up United miles quickly…..
1. Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card: 50,000 points. Earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
In addition to being able to transfer 1:1 into your United account with no fees for the transfer, earn 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide.
Note: If you’re a really big spending on dining and travel, consider the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which earns 3x on those purchases, and also lets you transfer points to United MileagePlus.
You can apply right away too, just make sure you’ll be able to handle the minimum spending required to earn the bonus. Plus there’s a $0 introductory annual fee the first year ($95 after), so you can earn the miles well before an annual fee comes due.
2. Apply for the United Mileage Plus Explorer Card: 40,000 miles. Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
That could be 90,000 or more United miles over a few months if you are approved and meet the minimum spending requirements for each card.
The Sapphire Preferred® Card can be the better one all around for earning via spending — the 2x bonus on dining/travel is strong and the points can be used on airlines besides United.
But if you’re not an elite flyer, you’ll probably want to keep the United Explorer for the free checked bag and priority boarding it offers. 2 flights a year with a checked bag more than pay for the annual fee.
To double your rewards, consider having your spouse apply for the credit cards as well if he/she does a fair amount of independent spending.
Once you’ve done that, if you’re okay with a big upfront annual fee, consider the Chase Sapphire Reserve for 100,000 points that you can transfer to United miles anytime. It has a $450 annual fee that’s billed to your first statement. But there’s also a $300 travel credit that you can use to offset travel purchases you make on the card, including airfare, so if you fly a lot it’s not hard to take advantage of it.
For bonus mile seekers who have small businesses, you can also earn more United credit card miles with these offers…
1. Ink Business Preferred Credit Card from Chase: 80,000 points
Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
This is a credit card designed for small business owners and like the Sapphire Preferred® Card earns Chase Ultimate Rewards points you can transfer to United. You don’t need a long running business to qualify for the card and some businesses even get one before having the business up and running to put start up expenses in one place.
Your personal credit history is what is used to determine eligibility for the card, so this is an option to earn more miles after finishing the above. See the MileCards.com guide to applying for business credit cards here – ‘Business Credit Cards for One.’
2. United MileagePlus® Explorer Business Credit Card: 50,000 bonus miles
(The information related to the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Credit Card has been collected by MileCards.com and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.)
The rule on ‘one bonus per credit card’ doesn’t apply to having a bonus from both the consumer and business version of the cards. So, if you are a business owner you can apply for the business version of the United Explorer even if you have the consumer card.
So, you have the potential to earn 150,000+ United miles over the course of a year if you decide to hold all of the credit cards — the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, United MileagePlus® Explorer Card, the Ink Plus®, and the United MileagePlus® Explorer Business Card.
And you’ll end up with cards you’ll want to keep. The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card should be ‘go to’ for a lot of spending, and the United Explorer’s bag fee savings are likely to add up, while the business versions of the cards let you separate business from personal spending.
Also note if you have an older United credit card like the United Select Visa, you can retain that card and its features — they won’t cancel that account if you apply online for a new United card and take advantage of the bonus.
What about your credit score?
Your credit score generally drops about 5 points or so with a new card application, but often recovers that and more within a year as you’re showing you are responsibly handling additional credit.
When it comes to approvals for credit cards there aren’t a lot of benefits to keeping your score much above about 720, so if your score is well above that there may not be a lot of extra benefits from having a perfect 800+ score.
You should feel comfortable applying unless you plan to take out a mortgage or large loan shortly, and even then small credit inquiries are one of the lesser things lenders consider.
The Unique Benefits Of The United Explorer Card: Expanded Award Space, Primary CDW Insurance, And Much More
Update, 02/27: It’s worth making an update to this post to note that if you use United.com’s “Remember Me” button it can cause your award searches to exclude your expanded availability.
You must be logged into your mileage account to have access to expanded award availability. If you check the “remember me” option it will look just like you are logged in, but after a short period of time it will stop searching for expanded awards.
I was searching for an award flight to Tel Aviv on 01/25/14 while logged into my account with “Remember Me” and got this goose egg:
However after logging out and back in again that same search came up with award seats:
Using expert mode (as described in the original post below) you can see exactly what’s going on:
There are no award seats available for non cardholders (X class) but there are at least 9 award seats available for cardholders (XN class).
Same thing happened when I searched yesterday for an award from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale for Pesach and expert mode shows why, 3 seats available just for cardholders or elites who are logged in without remember me:
Moral of the story is simple, don’t have United.com remember you if you have elite status or a United credit card.
The Chase United Explorer card and the United Club card are the only currently available credit cards that gives you access to expanded award ticket availability.
It also is one of the only cards that comes with primary rental car CDW insurance. Almost every other card only has secondary coverage when you rent a car in your home country. This means that if you damage your rental vehicle you must file the claim with your own personal insurance policy first, and only if they won’t cover the damage will the credit card cover the damage. Even additional cardholders get primary coverage when they rent.
With primary rental car CDW insurance you will not have to file anything with your own insurance company. Chase will cover the entire bill for any damage to your rental car. Just be sure to decline the rental agency’s CDW coverage. This primary coverage applies in every country in the world. The Sapphire Preferred is what I use in Israel and other foreign countries, but that’s just because of the 2.14 points per dollar it awards on car rentals. In the US the United card is the way to go.
How do you find expanded award availability? All you need to do is login to your United.com account before you search for award flights.
How do you know if your card is properly linked to your account? Just login on United.com and then hover over the words “Mileage Expiration”
If your card is properly linked you will see the following message that your miles won’t expire as long as you remain a cardholder:
If your card isn’t properly linked then you will see the following message that your miles will expire if you don’t have activity every 18 months:
Expanded saver coach example:
When logged into an account with a United Explorer card there is 40K saver award space from Newark to Tel Aviv on November 23, 25, and 30:
When not logged in or when logged into an account without a credit card or elite status there is no space on any of those dates.
After enabling expert mode you can search for a paid flight from Newark to Tel Aviv on 11/23 and then click on “fare class” which will bring up the available cabins box:
Everything in that alphabet soup stands for important stuff but all we care about right now is XN and X class availability. There are at least 9 XN seats, meaning there are at least 9 saver award seats available to someone who has a United Explorer card or who has United elite status. It never shows more than 9, so 9 means 9 or more.
There are 0 X seats, meaning that if you don’t have a United credit card and want a seat on that flight you would have to book a standard award for 75K miles. Those 75K coach standard seats actually come out of the HN bucket for non-cardholders, so there are at least 9 of those.
Expanded standard coach and business example:
When logged into an account with a United Explorer card there is 75K coach standard award space and 150K business standard award space from Newark to Tel Aviv on the red-eye flight on 04/12. This is an extremely popular flight for people flying to Israel for Pesach.
When not logged in or when logged into an account without a credit card or elite status there isn’t even standard award space available for that flight. The flight doesn’t even show up when performing an award search from such an account.
How many seats are available for cardholders and elites?
HN class is standard coach availability for non-cardholders, no seats there. ZN is standard business availability for non-cardholders, no seats there either.
YN is standard coach availability for cardholders and elites, at least 9 seats there. JN is standard business availability for cardholders and elites, at least 9 seats there. In fact as long as there is a seat on the plane you can use the standard mileage award for get it if you are a cardholder.
Expanded saver business example:
Only United Platinum, 1K, and Global Services elites have access to expanded business class award availability (IN class as shown in expert mode).
As United cardholders have more coach saver award space available they will automatically have more business saver award space as well thanks to Plan B.
Besides for the signup bonus of 30K miles for spending $1,000 and another 5K miles for adding a free authorized user, the primary CDW insurance, and the expanded award space, there are other nice benefits of the Explorer card:
-First checked bag free.
-Priority boarding so that you’ll have space for your carry-ons.
-No foreign transaction fees.
-2 free United passes per year.
-10K mileage bonus every year that you spend $25K, a 40% mileage bonus which means you’ll have earned 1.4 miles per dollar everywhere. Spending $25K in a year also waives the requirement to spend $2.5K on United flights to get Silver status, $5K on United flights to get Gold status, and $7.5K on United flights to get Platinum status. You only need to fly the 25K, 50K, or 75K miles like in the good old days.
-Double miles on United purchases.
-Elite members can get upgrades on coach award tickets on upgrade eligible routes if they have a United card.
-Miles don’t expire as long as you are a cardholder.
The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.
-You can also get the business version of the Chase United Explorer card. Just click on “Are you a business owner” in the top-right of the Explorer card link.
-Want a 2nd free bag, a 50% mileage bonus per dollar spent everywhere, United club access for you and your entire family, post-security terminal access without a ticket, priority baggage handling and priority security access, and waived award expedite fees? The United Club card comes with all of that. Just click on the MileagePlus Club tab at the top of the Explorer card link.
Other Chase consumer cards you can get at the time as the United card include the Chase Sapphire Preferred (40K signup points plus another 5K points for adding a free additional user, no fee the first year, plus 2.14 points per dollar on travel and dining with no Foreign Exchange fees), Chase Southwest (50K signup points), Chase British Airways (50K signup points and 10% off BA flights), and Chase Freedom (which gives 5 points per dollar in rotating categories and 10% bonus points if you have a Chase checking account).
The Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold business cards both give 50,000 signup points and offer 5 points per dollar on telecom, cable, and office supply stores, 2 points per dollar for gas and lodging, no foreign exchange fees, free lounge visits, and a waived annual fee for the first year.