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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Card
United MileagePlus Explorer Card
With the MileagePlus Explorer card, You’ll earn 2x MileagePlus miles per $1 spent on United purchases, as well 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases. Apart from the sign-up bonus of 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first three months, this card offers no foreign transaction fees, making it a decent option for traveling abroad.
You’ll get a number of perks that can improve your travel experience, like priority boarding (for you and companions traveling on the same reservation), a free first checked bag on United operated flights (for you and one companion on the same reservation when you use your Explorer card to purchase tickets), and two United Club passes annually.
In my most recent monthly valuations, I list United miles at 1.5 cents apiece, so I value the sign-up bonus at $750. If you check a bag on just four one-way United flights each year, the free checked bag benefit will save you $100, and I value the two club passes at about $25 each. All told, I think you’ll reasonably get at least $900 in value from this card in the first year, if not more.
Readers have reported that when booking a ticket through United.com, you may be able to get a slightly better offer that includes a $50 statement credit.
Check out these posts for more details on the MileagePlus program in general:
- Using the United Explorer Bonus in a Post-Devaluation World
- What is United Airlines Premier Elite Status Worth?
- United Partner Awards Pricing at Lower Levels on Some Routes
- Overview of United Airlines Award Routing Rules
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