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A few days ago on September 2nd, I announced (along with every other blogger) that the enhanced United credit card offer of 50,000 points after meeting the minimum spend requirement was set to expire – this was supposed to be the case for both of the offer (one included a $50 statement credit). Fortunately, for those who missed out and are still looking to apply for this card, there is still a publicly available link offering this higher bonus.
At this point, you can still earn 50,000 points after spending $2,000 on the card within the first three months. Unfortunately though this offer does not include the $50 statement credit – it seems as though that offer did expire a few days back. This offer is also available to those who have received a sign up bonus in the past as long as you meet the following criteria: 1) Not currently a cardmember; and 2) Have not received a new cardmember bonus for this consumer credit card within the last 24 months. I am not sure how long this offer will be around for, but those that received the offer in the mail have until early October to send back the application, so my assumption is the same date applies for this online offer.
Travel benefits with this card include:
- Free first checked bag: The primary Cardmember and one companion traveling on the same reservation will each receive their first standard checked bag free ($25 value for the first checked bag, each way, per person) on United-operated flights when purchasing tickets with their United MileagePlus Explorer Card.
- Priority boarding: Primary Cardmembers and their companions on the same reservation will be invited to board United-operated flights prior to general boarding.
- No fees on foreign transactions: Purchases made with your Explorer Card outside the U.S. will not be subject to foreign transaction fees.
- 2 United ClubSM passes per year: Take some time to relax before your flight with two one-time-use United Club passes each year. Enjoy complimentary beverages, snacks, and amenities like workspaces, free Wi-Fi and more.
Additionally, you can earn even more points by adding an authorized user or spending a certain amount on the card in the calendar year:
- 5,000 Bonus Miles: 5,000 Bonus Miles when you add an authorized user to your account and make a purchase with your Card during the first 3 months as a Cardmember.
- 10,000 Bonus Miles: Each calendar year, you are eligible to receive one 10,000-mile bonus after you reach $25,000 in net purchases on your Card.
So how many miles do you need to travel on United, and what will 50,000 miles get you? Domestic economy class tickets are 25,000 miles roundtrip, so this card can get you 2 free tickets (+taxes) off the bat. A better usage of miles typically though is to use for international travel. A roundtrip flight to Europe in coach will run you 60,000 miles.
In my opinion, this is a great offer and now very competitive to many of the other credit card offers currently available. The card also has a $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95. If you are in the market to accrue United miles, you can couple this offer with one of the Chase Ultimate Reward earning cards as their points transfer to United at a 1:1 ratio: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold card, and Chase Ink Plus card. You can learn more about Chase Ultimate Rewards here.
Note: FYI for those that are interested, this United offer is not an affiliate link, but the best offer available!