United Airlines

LAST DAY: United Explorer Business Card: 75,000 Bonus Miles; First Year Fee Waived; Expanded Award Availability

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For those of you still under 5/24, here’s a decent proposition:

The United Explorer Business Card is offering 75,000 bonus miles and a waiver on the first year’s annual fee. This is the best offer I’ve seen on the card (though I’ve seen it before – usually targeted to specific accounts).

The official benefits of the card are nice. Beyond the 75,000 bonus miles (worth over $1,000) you get 2x miles on United flights (you’re still better off using a Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Business Preferred for purchasing flights to earn transferable points, including to United, and travel insurance benefits), restaurants, gas stations, and office supply stores, a free checked bag, priority boarding for you and your companions, and two annual one-time United Club passes each year.

But the unofficial benefits are the reason to get and hold this card:

The biggest benefit is access to expanded award availability on United flights. United often makes additional award seats (coach only, sorry) available for its elites. This is in an inventory bucket called YN which you can search online easily.

You’ll notice it second from the end of the list above.

If you’re asking “Why can’t I see those in my searches?” it’s because you have to enable the feature in your United profile.

Profile > Search Preferences > Enable Expert Features

Other benefits of the United Explorer Business Card:

If you are a United elite member, this card will also unlock the possibility of being upgraded on award tickets and provide a PQD waiver if you spend $25,000 in a year.

Summary:

While you can’t get this card if you are over 5/24, it won’t add to your count if you are under. I wouldn’t get it before completing the Business card trifecta of the Chase Ink Business Preferred Credit Card, Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card, and the Chase Ink Business Unlimited, it’s probably the next one on my list.

You can learn more about the United Explorer Business Card here.

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