LAST CHANCE: 100,000 Mile Offer For United’s Premium Credit Card

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United ClubSM Infinite Card

The United Airlines MileagePlus premium credit card – which gets you access to United Clubs – has a $525 annual fee and currently has an offer to earn 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. This is a huge offer for a card that’s the best way for most U.S. MileagePlus members to get club access with United.

And the offer at this link ends at some point on January 26, 2022.

Basics Of The Club Infinite Card

The United ClubSM Infinite Card earns 4 miles per $1 spent on United purchases; 2 miles per $1 spent on all other travel and dining; and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases.

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 on board United-operated flights when you pay with your Club Infinite Card.. You receive free first and second checked bags.

New United Club Infinite Card Benefits Just Announced

At the end of September we learned about (5) new benefits added to the United ClubSM Infinite Card:

  1. 10% discount on coach saver awards
  2. 10,000 bonus miles for signing up for CLEAR by June 30, 2022
  3. IHG Rewards Platinum elite status starting in 2022
  4. Companions of cardholders with elite status traveling on a United award ticket eligible for upgrades
  5. More potential to earn elite qualifying points from spending starting in 2022. Earn 500 Premier Qualifying Points per $12,000 spent up to 4,000 Premier Qualifying Points per calendar year. (This is an increase from 3,000 qualifying points maximum in 2021.)

The 10% discount on coach saver awards will be valuable, depending on how you spend United miles. This is for coach awards only booked at the saver level. The bonus for joining CLEAR is great, since I’m finding the security shortcut indispensable in my travels.

But what’s a real eye grabber is the 100,000 mile acquisition offer, which makes this a no-brainer for those eligible for Chase cards (e.g. have had fewer than 5 new cards in the past 24 months, and a lot of folks didn’t consider new cards over the past year and a half during the pandemic).

Plus access to United Clubs is great with return to travel, I was surprised and impressed popping into a Houston club last month.

United ClubSM Infinite Card

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Comments

  1. This is basically an offer to buy 100k United Miles for $550. Since they created the Polaris Lounges, the United Clubs have been abandoned to rot in misery. I was recently in the club in EWR which had all of the charm of the terminal at Port O Prince airport, only with less seating.

  2. You used to — until quite recently actually — be able to fly last seat domestic Economy, 25k one way.

    Now?

    Ha,

    Ha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    So a 100k offer today is basically a 30k-40k offer from back when.

    Inflation is a bee yotch.

    That being said, 30-40k back then was not bad, so 100k is still not bad today. It’s just not HUGE.

  3. @ Gary — Yeah, I agree with @Doug and @GLN2LW, this is not really THAT exciting of an offering. If the annual fee was waived for year 1, then it would be exciting…

  4. This would have gotten an instant application from me 4 years ago. With inflation, 100k offer isn’t that big. It’s ok. Not worth hamstringing oneself to a single airline currency, high annual fee and mediocre United clubs. UA really needs to bump this up to 150k to make some noise. Otherwise, hard pass.

  5. Yawn….might be enough miles to get you to Bangor in January. Miles are the POP that’s supposed to get your attention. More and more people are learning it really doesn’t amount to much. The real value, if any, is things like baggage allowance and priority access if you don’t fly the offering airline enough to get it as a frequent flyer.

  6. @david, you can get free bags and priority 1 by paying for a first class ticket, which if you don’t fly much, may cost less than the annual fee on this card.

  7. Morning nonstop from Chicago to JAX on December 26 and returning afternoon nonstop on January 2 only 121,300 miles. I guess they’re going to have to increase the award on their premium credit card if I can not get enough miles to redeem for one domestic economy ticket!

  8. As mentioned above – The benefits with the fee paid, are essentially garbage.

    You are paying 525$ for 100k United miles. Which can be a good value based on how you use them. (International Business, etc..) However, aside from that – There is no benefit to keeping this card, once you get the 100k.

  9. @GLN2LW – The perks of first aren’t what they used to be. On a United flight today, and unless you had 1K preboarding, there may not be space left for your bags in First. The flight attendant put the extra bags in the otherwise unused coat closet.

  10. I had been a member of two different clubs programs for a number of years plus had Priority Pass through the Citi Prestige. There is no amount of money you should spend to be a member or a club in an American airport. They are just bad options and not worth the money. I can say the best thing I got from any of the clubs was using the people at the desk to move my flight or ask about upgrades before they had apps that could handle it all faster and without ugly attitude.

  11. – Your travel support from the Club agents is overrated. In my experience with AA, they make many mistakes and have no clue what is going on. All big three US airlines turned their miles to garbage and their credit cards are not worth of considering.

  12. @Alex, no credit card is really worth considering for the long haul. All credit cards are evaluated on the merits of the sign up bonus (SUB).

  13. One thing the United cards give you is access to award space on more choices of flights for a given city pair. Typically I see mainly bad timings, connections and/or prices without the card, and quite a few more options with it. But 5/24 is the main barrier for me. Too many other cards out there that I can get and not worth waiting that long for a Chase product.

  14. Pretty decent offer if you’re on United frequently. @Gary, it seems it would make sense to get the Infinite and cancel my United Club card, doesn’t it?

  15. I love reading the comments and noting that people realize and see through the smoke and mirrors of 100k UA miles being worth very little these days. UA (and DL) have done this to themselves, but the CC issuers just keep buying up these declining currencies like candy. AA’s next shoe to drop is probably coming soon as well, but I’m just glad to see wise consumers are still out there.

  16. I’m pretty much tethered to United, because I fly out of Newark, and even for me – This offer isn’t worth it.

    Becomes way less valuable if you already have a premium credit card offering many similar benefits.

  17. Apologies in advance, but I am new at the CC SUB practices. Is there an airline branded CC that allows the Authorized User (AU) 1st checked bag free when the primary card holder isn’t flying?
    Neither the United Explorer car nor the Delta Gold AMEX card grant this. My bad I didn’t read the T&Cs in the fine print.

    However, wife and I do not always fly together to VFR; therefore we would both like the benefit of the 1st checked bag free with our branded airline CC. (Not just when the primary cardholder is flying.)

    A side note, I carry the Alaska Air BofA card as well. I am unsure of their policy regarding this issue, but Alaska Air treats us right in many other ways when we fly with them.

    And for all of our travel, we book premium economy at the least.

    Thanks for the assistance!

  18. On the other hand, I booked a TATL one way on LH business class for 77K a while back. It all depends on your own circumstances and what you are planning to use them for. (Also, I do independently value the lounge as a place to sit and plug in electronics instead of working at the gate or in a restaurant, since many domestic airports I fly through have UA lounges. And once you have been stranded in an airport for 6 hours due to IRROPs, they are worth every penny. Of course, last year, both the UA and AA club cards gave you credits for about half the price, if you asked, and that helped me to keep both of them, too.)

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