Update August 6, 2014: In the comments here and other places, I’ve read that the 55k offer + $50 statement credit offer is not working for folks. Test it out. If it doesn’t work for you, try out the same incredible 55k offer without a $50 statement credit.
The United MileagePlus Explorer Card is now publicly offering 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in your first three months as a cardmember. This offer expires September 2, 2014.
You should see the offer on the front page of united.com.
It’s never been easier to score 57,000 total United miles after spending $2,000. That’s enough for roundtrip awards to Hawaii, Alaska, Central America, the Caribbean, or parts of South America. Plus it’s just 3,000 miles short of a roundtrip award to Europe or Southern South America.
- Is this a good offer?
- How can you get 5,000 extra miles for no extra spending?
- What are the terms of the offer?
- Is the annual fee waived the first year?
- How can you get this offer if you’ve recently gotten a lower offer for the United card?
- What is the big UNADVERTISED BENEFIT of having a United card?
This is a fantastic offer. This wound up as the #1 offer for travel credit cards for August 2014.
As I explained in my recent post about the Basics of Redeeming United MileagePlus Miles, United is one of my favorite mileage programs because:
- United miles can book flights on all 27 Star Alliance members, the biggest alliance with the best award space worldwide.
- United doesn’t collect fuel surcharges
- United has great prices on economy awards and reasonable prices on awards in its own fully flat BusinessFirst and Global First products that I’ve flown seven total times and found very comfortable each time.
However do not collect United miles to use in luxurious First Class on its partners’ flights. Since United introduced a separate, higher-priced award chart for premium cabin awards on its partners, these flights are a terrible deal.
- Start with 50,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months your account is open
- 5,000 Bonus Miles when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first three months
- 10,000 Bonus Miles when you spend $25,000 in net purchases on your Card each year
- Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on tickets purchased from United
- Earn 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases
- Free first checked bag for cardmember and one companion on United flights purchased with Explorer Card
- Priority boarding
- No fees on foreign transactions
- 2 United Club passes per year
- No annual fee the first year of cardmembership, then $95
Make sure you add an authorized user to the account during the application for the easy 5,000 miles. The extra card will be sent to you, so you can always decide not to give it to the authorized user. The authorized user will not be precluded from opening his own account with a 50k mile bonus later.
The card’s landing page also mentions extra Standard award space for cardholders.
To me, this is far less interesting than the unadvertised benefit of extra Saver award space for cardholders!
The 50,000 mile offer is open to folks who have never had the United MileagePlus Explorer Card or folks who have not had it for at least two years.
Chase is the best about matching people who have applied for and been approved for inferior offers to the best available offer. You can always send a Secure Message through chase.com to ask to be matched to a better offer on a card you have. In my experience, Chase will only match you if you were approved within 90 days of your Secure Message. Your experiences may vary. Share them in the comments.
It’s through these matches that folks have been able to get approved for the 50k + 5k bonus on the Explorer Card for at least the past 18 months. For much of that time, there was a 50k + 5k offer available at Chase bank branches or online, and folks who applied for the 30k + 5k offer online could get matched to the better offer through Secure Messages.