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The United Explorer Credit Card Has a New Offer Out Today.
Up to 70,000 Bonus Miles: 60,000 bonus MileagePlus miles when you spend $3,000 in your first 3 months + 10,000 more miles when you spend $6,000 total in your first 6 months.
The annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year.
While I’m not super keen on United miles while we are still in the middle of a pandemic and United *just* devalued their awards, the fact is that this the best ever offer on this card.
How Does This Compare to Past United Explorer Card Offers?
If you were thinking of applying for it anyway, this might be the time. The last “best offer” we had was for 65,000 United miles requiring $10,000 in spend.
This is clearly better with 5,000 more miles and $4,000 less spend.
United Explorer Card Benefits
The United Explorer card earns 2x miles at restaurants, on hotels purchased directly, and, of course, on United.
You also get:
- Free checked bags for you and a companion (must pay with the card)
- Priority boarding
- Expanded economy saver award availability (I explain in more detail on the United Explorer Card page)
- 2 yearly United Club passes
- Primary car rental damage coverage (see all credit cards with primary car rental collision coverage)
- a PQD status spend waiver with $25,000 in annual spend
Remember that United has recently changed the Mileage Plus program and only partner awards remain (for now) on a somewhat fixed award chart, though it’s inching higher on that end. United flights are now dynamically priced, reducing the value of the miles if you primary will use them to fly on United.
Also keep in mind that you should still be putting your daily spend on a credit card with transferable points, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or the Chase Sapphire Preferred– both of which can transfer to United miles 1:1 if you so choose.
If you are under 5/24 and interested in applying, please see this link for the United Explorer card.
You can find credit cards that best match your spending habits and bonus categories at Your Best Credit Cards.
New to all of this? The MilesTalk “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.