United Credit Card Sign Up Offer

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The current offer for the United MileagePlus Explorer credit card is 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 on the card within the first three months. From time to time, United comes out with a 50,000 mile offer so if you are not in a rush for this card, you might want to hold out to see if an increased offer appears.

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Travel benefits with this United credit card offer 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? Domestic economy class tickets are 25,000 miles roundtrip, so this card can get you 1 free ticket (+ 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.

While this is a good card to accrue United miles, I personally suggest waiting until a better offer comes 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 and Chase Ink Plus cardYou can learn more about Chase Ultimate Rewards here.

If you’ve received this offer in the past… From past experience with this particular card, the sign up bonus is available again 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.

Key Link:

  • United MileagePlus Explorer credit card: Earn 30,000 points after spending $1,000 on the card within the first three months. Earn another 5,000 points by adding an authorized user to the card and making at least one purchase within the first three months. $95 annual fee waived the first year.

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  1. You can get a better offer when booking a ticket.

    50000 miles and a $50 statement credit.

    It shows up on the page that shows the price of your itinerary.

  2. I got the sign up bonus 2 years ago on this card, but I downgraded it to a no annual fee card like 6 months ago. So technically, I didn’t cancel the card and certainly don’t have this product right now. You think I am eligible to get the bonus again if applied/approved now?


    • @Es V – I do not believe it matters if you cancelled or downgraded. What matters is if you are still a cardmember (which you aren’y) and if you have received the sign up bonus within the past 24 months (so if you applied more than two years ago), you should be all set.

      • @tjp74 – I see it at the top of the page right after I search for flights. I cannot figure out how to include a screen shot in this comment, but will include in the post once I update it.

  3. I just closed my personal United credit card from Chase 2 months ago. This card was from about 5 years ago and I actually accidentally closed it. I didn’t know this, but Chase only allows 10 Chase credit cards per cardholder. This original United Chase card didn’t come with any bonus miles when I first signed up.

    Can I still apply for this card? I just got the business Mileage Plus Explorer with the 50k miles bonus couple months ago as well.


  4. I got the sign up bonus on this card 2 years ago (8/2012) but I then downgraded it to a no annual fee card like 6 months ago. So technically, I didn’t cancel the card and certainly do not have this exact product right now. You think I’d be eligible to get the bonus again if applied/approved now?

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