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Chase updated the bonus offers for new applicants on all four United co-brand cards today.
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The new Chase / United bonus offers
United Explorer Card: Up to 65,000 total bonus miles: Get 40,000 bonus MileagePlus miles when you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first 3 months plus 25,000 more miles after you spend $10,000 total in your first 6 months. Annual fee waived the first year. How to apply.
The United Business Card is the best offer by the bunch, by far, and as long as you are currently under 5/24, it won’t add to your count to get it.
The United Business Card benefits
- 2 miles per $1 spent on United purchases, at gas stations, office supply stores and restaurants and on local transit and commuting – which includes taxis, mass transit, tolls, and ride share services
- 1 mile per $1 spent on everything else
- 5,000 bonus miles each anniversary when you have both a United Business Card and a ANY personal United card
- You’ll get a $100 annual United travel credit after 7 United flight purchases of $100 or more
- 25% back when you make United inflight purchases, including Wi-Fi, food and beverages with the card.
- Free first checked bag (must buy the ticket with your United card
- Priority boarding
- 2 United ClubSM one-time passes at account opening and on each Cardmember anniversary
- No foreign transaction fees
- Primary Collision Damage Waiver on car rentals when used for business purposes
- Trip Cancellation / Trip Interruption Insurance(From the Chase website) You can be reimbursed up to $1,500 per person and $6,000 per trip for your pre-paid, non-refundable passenger fares, if your trip is canceled or cut short by sickness, severe weather or other covered situations.^
- Baggage Delay Insurance(From the Chase website) Reimburses you for essential purchases like toiletries and clothing for baggage delays over 6 hours by passenger carrier up to $100 a day for 3 days.
- Lost Luggage Reimbursement(From the Chase website) If you or an immediate family member check or carry on luggage that is damaged or lost by the carrier, you’re covered up to $3,000 per passenger.
- Trip Delay Reimbursement(From the Chase website) If your common carrier travel is delayed more than 12 hours or requires an overnight stay, you and your family are covered for unreimbursed expenses, such as meals and lodging, up to $500 per ticket.
An unofficial benefit which can be a great reason to get and hold a United credit 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.
And the waived annual fee is new, making it pretty no-risk to profit from this offer.
Overall, Chase raises and lowers the bonus offers on all of these cards pretty regularly. The key is just knowing when to pull the trigger. If I was in the market for a United card despite all of the recent United MileagePlus devaluations, I’d go for the United Business Card now, especially because the first year fee is waived.
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New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.