The new and improved United Mileage Plus Explorer card.

Last month we told you about some new perks coming to the American Airlines card. This time around, it’s United’s turn. In true United form, they have one-upped AA. While this card isn’t new, it is a relaunch with some major upgraded features. Chase has done an awesome job of making this card a strong contender to be your everyday spend card. They appear to be aiming for more of the low-annual fee cash back cards, which is a hotly contested market segment. This card has always been a wallet staple for me since the annual fee pays for itself with United Club passes, free checked bags, and priority boarding. It is currently being offered with a 40k United miles bonus after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months, plus 5,000 miles for adding an authorized user. Here is a rundown of what’s the same, and what’s changed:


  1. 2X miles at restaurants and hotels
  • The most generous of any major airlines’ entry credit card

2.  25% back on inflight purchases like food and wifi

3. $100 statement credit after your first purchase

4. Global Entry/Pre-check fee waiver of up to $100: 1 per 4 year time period

  • Unheard of for a card with this annual fee


  1. Annual fee of $95
  2. One mile per dollar spent on non-restaurant/hotel/United purchases
  3. First checked bag free
  4. No foreign transaction fees
  5. Two free United Club passes per year

It is obvious that United and Chase are gunning to be the #1 cobranded entry-level airline card in the U.S.. With the new changes in place, I am confident that they can reach this goal. These are very customer-centric changes and make it even more of a must-have card. This will definitely continue to be a wallet staple! If you are loyal to United and used this card as your main spend card prior, you should be highly rewarded now that restaurants and hotels earn double miles. United has always been my go-to recommendation for new miles earners, and this now makes it even easier. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Citi follow suit with their platinum AA card and AmEx with their gold Delta card. 


6/20/2018 UPDATE: I received a mailer from Chase yesterday offering this card with a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles. Seek this out before applying for the 40k offer!

2 thoughts on “The new and improved United Mileage Plus Explorer card.

  1. Is this card points can be used to purchase ticket for star alliance member airline or for united airline only?


  2. The United miles can be used to book any flights through United’s search engine. This includes United, their Star Alliance partners, and codeshare partners. They have, arguably, one of the best sites for searching partner availability!


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