July 2016 UPDATE: The 50k mile + $50 statement credit offer is back!
Chase just sweetened the pot in a big way for the United MileagePlus Explorer card. For months the card has had a public signup bonus offer of 30,000 miles (and no statement credit) but that offer is currently supplanted by a much better offer. The publicly-available offer is now for 50,000 bonus miles and, as usual for this card, the annual fee is also waived for the first year!
However, you can generate an even better offer that gets you both the 50,000 bonus miles, and a $50 statement credit with first use.
Getting the improved offer is simple. Go to United.com and enter in airport and date info and select “Search” to make a mock booking.
The next screen should include a graphic/link to the 50,000 mile + $50 statement credit offer.
Clicking on the graphic shown should bring you to the landing page for the improved offer.
The spend requirement for this card is reduced as of July 2016. It was previously $3,000 in 3 months of account opening but it is now $2,000 in the same time period.
Outside of the signup bonus offer, the United MileagePlus Explorer is a somewhat standard airline card, offering 2 miles per dollar spent on tickets purchased from United and 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases.
Other key features of the card include:
- Free first checked bag
- Priority boarding
- No foreign transaction fees
- 2 United Club passes per year
- New chip-enabled card provides added security
- Receive 10,000-mile bonus after you reach $25,000 in net purchases each year
With Chase, you can only earn the signup bonus for a given credit card product once every 24 months. I have recently had this card so I won’t be able to capitalize on this opportunity but if you’re planning your honeymoon this is definitely an option to consider.
United is the 2nd-largest airline in the world (by passenger-miles flown) so you have a lot of options for redemption of miles. With that global coverage and this current promotion, this becomes a suitable card for honeymooners. For example, we used United miles to get from South Africa back to the states, on South African Airways. We flew in lay-flat seats in business class, which made the very long flight completely tolerable.
I award this card a Honeymoon Suitability Rating (HSR) of 14 out of 17.