140,000 United Miles From Two Cards

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United has suggested they aren’t acquiring as much credit card business as they’d like so it’s no surprise there are big limited-time offers out there right now.

I’ve written about the best-ever public offer for the personal card. There’s what I believe is a best-ever offer for the business card too. Together they’re offering 140,000 miles in bonuses, and that’s aside from the miles you earn with the spending to acquire those bonuses.

140,000 miles is enough for roundtrip business class to Europe on partner airlines. With the miles from spending there’s enough for roundtrip business class to Asia on United — just from these two cards.

65,000 United Miles and a Ton of Benefits, $0 Annual Fee the First Year

Mid-last month Chase launched the best public offer I’ve ever seen for the UnitedSM Explorer Card. The initial bonus offer is 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus earn an additional 25,000 bonus miles after you spend $10,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open.

This offer ends January 8:

What’s great about this $0 the first year then $95 annual fee card is the travel benefits when flying United. You get first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your card to purchase your ticket. You get priority boarding (avoid having to gate check your carry on, and indeed on a Basic Economy fare you can still bring on a full-sized carry on bag).

You’ll get 2 one-time United Club passes each year for your account anniversary as well. And this year the card added a $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fee credit and 25% back on United inflight purchases.

Cardmembers get access to last seat availability on extra miles awards as well as extra saver award availability that general members don’t have. Elites with the card can receive complimentary domestic upgrades on award tickets.

75,000 Miles With the Business Card, Possibly Targeted

I received an email for the MileagePlus Explorer Business Card offering 75,000 miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. The offer says it’s valid until January 10, 2019.

The email from United required me to log in to see the offer, suggesting it may be targeted, but I’ve gotten emails from half a dozen readers about it suggesting it may be targeted broadly and worth checking if it’s available to you.

My understanding is that you can even apply successfully for two Chase cards in the same day provided you haven’t applied for Chase cards in the preceding 30 days.

Bear in mind that both of these offers are subject to 5/24 meaning most people will only be approved if they’ve gotten fewer than 5 new cards in the past 24 months.

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Comments

  1. “United has suggested they aren’t acquiring as much credit card business…” Maybe United should talk to Chase about their ridiculous 5/24 rule?

  2. If not for 5/24 I would get the United card and almost surely keep it long term for the other benefits apart from the signup bonus. I hope these companies working with Chase realize that it is Chase that is preventing people from signing up for their cards and take that into account in their negotiations on the terms of their deals with that bank.

  3. Are these two cards available for existing users who have the MileagePlus Explorer card? I’ve had that card for many years, and other than the bonus stated above, the benefits sound basically the same.
    I think one of the reasons The volume that Chase/United wants from their CCs is that the 10,000 mile bonus that we received when we spent $25,000 is no longer available.

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