The below offer will expire on October 10th, 2019. If you’ve been on the fence, it’s time to make your decision…

United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card

For those that spend a lot on business cards, the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card is offering up to 100,000 United miles as follows:

Get 50,000 bonus United MileagePlus miles when you spend $5,000 in your first 3 months and 50,000 more bonus miles if you spend $25,000 in total within 6 months.

While the miles from this card are not transferable (as, for example, Credit Cards That Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points are, including to United!), this is a pretty solid bonus if you had the spend to make it. I think 75,000 for $5,000 is otherwise the best I’ve seen. That said, that means you are spending an extra $20,000 for an extra 25,000 miles (against the best ever offer) so it’s good but not mind blowing given the extra spend.  The annual fee is waived the first year. You are eligible for bonus if it’s been at least 24 months since you last got it and don’t hold the card.

You won’t be approved if you are over 5/24.

Don’t forget that the unofficial benefits are the 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.

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.


Let me know here, on Twitter, or in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.

You can find credit cards that best match your spending habits and bonus categories at Your Best Credit Cards

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.

I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at the South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.



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