Before It’s Too Late: Bigger Offers On Its United Cards

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Chase has increased offers for the United Airlines cards. This came out around the same time as new bigger Delta offers which are no longer available. Pay attention to these now if you’re interested.

Here’s the roundup of what Chase is currently offering with United:

  • UnitedSM Explorer Card up to 65,000 bonus miles: 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, an additional 25,000 bonus miles after you spend $10,000 in the first 6 months.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 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 after opening and for your account anniversary as well. And the card offers up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Precheck® fee Credit.

    Cardmembers get access to extra award availability at lower mileage prices that general members don’t have. Elites with the card can receive complimentary domestic upgrades on award tickets.

  • United ClubSM Infinite Card has a $525 annual fee and currently has an offer to earn 75,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. The card is the best way to access United Clubs for most members.Benefits with this Visa Infinite product include up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Precheck® fee credit and 25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food, beverages and Wi-Fi onboard United-operated flight when you pay with your Club Card. You receive free first and second checked bags (a savings of up to $320 per roundtrip, terms apply).
  • United GatewaySM Card is the no annual fee United cobrand card and it has an offer to earn 20,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. This is double the number of bonus miles compared to the previous offer.Even without an annual fee, ongoing earn is generous at 2X miles per $1 spent on United Airlines purchases, at gas stations and on local transit and commuting; 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases. It also has no foreign transaction fees.
  • UnitedSM Business Card has an offer to earn 75,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.. And the card has a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99.Cardmembers can check their first bag for free (a savings of up to $140 per roundtrip) when using their card to purchase their ticket, and enjoy priority boarding privileges and get 2 United Club one-time passes at account opening and each year for your anniversary.

    What’s more the card offers a $100 United travel credit after 7 United flight purchases of $100 or more each anniversary year.

    They even encourage you to have both a business and personal United card because you’ll receive a 5,000-mile “better together” bonus each anniversary when you have both the UnitedSM Business Card and a personal United credit card.

  • The brand new United QuestSM Card has launched with a temporary offer of up to 100,000 bonus miles:

    • 80,000 miles after $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months after account opening
    • 20,000 additional miles after you spend $10,000 in the first 6 months

Elevated offers are the time to consider these cards, and United miles are most useful for redeeming international business class awards on Star Alliance partners to Europe and Asia.

New United Quest Cards

New United QuestSM Card

The brand new United QuestSM Card is positioned between the primary consumer UnitedSM Explorer Card ($95 annual fee) and the premium United ClubSM Infinite Card ($525 annual fee, comes with United Club access).

The $250 annual fee United QuestSM Card has launched with a temporary offer of up to 100,000 bonus miles:

  • 80,000 miles after $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months after account opening
  • 20,000 additional miles after you spend $10,000 in the first 6 months

The initial 80,000 miles is a great offer on its own, but rounding up to the full 100,000 makes sense since $10,000 over 6 months is just $1667 per month so hardly insurmountable. T


United Polaris Business Class

Earning with the card is strong for an airline product, too, with 3x on United purchases and 2x on all other travel as well as restaurants and select streaming services. They’ll even bonus spending with other airlines at 2x. Most will be better off with Chase’s own Ultimate Rewards cards for mileage-earning, but I’m still impressed compared to other airline co-brands.

The interesting piece that makes the card a keeper is:

  • $125 credit on United purchases each account anniversary year
  • 5000 mile rebate on each of your first two United award redemptions each cardmember anniversary year, starting with your first anniversary (up to 10,000 miles total each year)

I view these two benefits as worth the annual fee on their own for those who fly United. And those who use United but not enough to earn status will benefit from,

  • first and second checked bags free for the cardholder and for one companion on the same booking
  • Priority boarding
  • 25% back on United inflight purchases

The card also comes with up to $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® fee credit. And as a premium Chase rewards card it comes with ancillary benefits you don’t always find from other issuers: trip cancellation and interruption; lost luggage and baggage delay; trip delay; primary car rental collision; purchase protection; extended warranty.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. The Explorer offer of an extra 25k miles for $10k spend is barely worth considering. I couldn’t hit that spending target without giving up 3x UR or 4x MR points, or paying a 2.2% fee on rent

  2. I jumped on the Gateway card last fall during its novelty promo and a similar 20,000 bonus incentive. (I followed your link, Gary, and hope you got a referral bonus; thank you for all your insightful content).

    While I have the CSR as well, I liked how the Gateway had some perks not usually found with no-fee cards, including the outsized sign-up bonus, access to expanded economy-class saver award inventory, and no foreign transaction fees.

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