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A few days ago we learned that Citi would be increasing earn on its primary American AAdvantage consumer credit card: adding 2 points per dollar at restaurants and gas stations, and an annual $100 American Airlines flight discount after $20,000 spend within a year provided after card renewal.
Now United and Chase are out with changes coming to the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card. Cardmembers are being informed by letter over the next few days that there will be new benefits effective June 1.
- Adding 2 points per dollar on hotels and restaurants.
- Adding a statement credit of up to $100 for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
- Adding 25% off inflight purchases made with the card (Wi-Fi, food and beverages)
- Dropping 10,000 bonus miles after $25,000 spend each year
I view their shaking up the card offerings as a response to the airline’s frustration with stagnating acquisition numbers. United and Chase suggest that the new higher ear on hotels and restaurants will mean more miles than the annual threshold bonus.
The card continues to offer 2 annual United Club passes, free checked bags when paying for United tickets with the card, priority boarding, no foreign transaction fees, and last seat availability when redeeming awards at a higher points price.
They’re explaining the loss of price protection, return protection, and reduction in trip cancellation coverage as driven by low utilization suggesting “less than 0.2% of cardmembers use” these benefits.
If you like the changes you don’t need to wait to apply for the card, as “anyone who applies between today and June 1 will be automatically upgraded to the new card.”