100,000 bonus miles and lounge access: A review of the United Club Infinite Card

Mar 24, 2022

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United Club Infinite Card overview

The United Club Infinite Card is the ideal card for United lounge access — bar none. For any loyal United flyer who spends a significant amount of money with the airline each year, this card would make a great addition to your wallet. And with a welcome offer of 100,000 bonus miles, there’s never been a better time to apply.  Card rating*: ⭐⭐⭐

* Card rating is based on the opinion of TPG’s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.

The United Club Infinite Card’s $525 annual fee sounds high until you factor in the United Club membership included with the card. Membership normally costs $650 per year for non-elite members.

In addition, one of the primary disadvantages of many airline credit cards is a low return on spending, even on branded purchases, as most airline cards only offer 2 or 3 points per dollar on airline purchases. But the United Club Infinite Card sets a new standard with an impressive 4 points per dollar on United purchases.

Let’s dive into the top-tier United Club Infinite Card to see if it makes sense for you, especially now that travel is beginning to rebound in earnest.


Official application link: United Club Infinite Card with 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.


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Who is this card for?

The United Club Infinite Card is best suited for loyal United flyers who want premium perks such as a United Club membership. Currently priced between $550 and $650 annually (depending on your MileagePlus status), adding the United Club Infinite Card to your wallet is definitely worth it.

The main concern with this card though is the $525 annual fee. Due to this, it may not be the best option for beginners or travelers who aren’t loyal to United.

Sign-up bonus

The United Club Infinite’s welcome offer is 100,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on the card within the first three months of account opening. Based on TPG’s valuation of United miles at 1.21 cents per mile, this makes the offer worth a tremendous $1,210 toward air travel.

(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)
(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

While this card is an entirely separate product from the United Club Card (which is no longer open for new applications), you aren’t able to have both cards at once, and sign-up bonuses are limited to one every 24 months. Here are the exact eligibility terms:

This card product is available to you if you do not have any United Club card and have not received a new Cardmember bonus for any United Club card in the past 24 months.

And of course, this is a card issued by Chase, which means it’s subject to the issuer’s infamous 5/24 rule. If you have opened five or more card accounts in the past 24 months (across all issuers, not just Chase), you will probably be denied for this one.

The information for the United Club Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: The best cards to get after you hit 5/24

Main perks and benefits

The United Club Infinite Card mirrors many of the United Club Card’s travel perks and protections — with one significant addition.

United Club membership

The high point of the United Club Infinite Card is a United Club membership, which grants you access to United Clubs and select Star Alliance lounges when flying United and its partners.

You’ll also be able to bring up to two adult companions (or one adult and any dependent children under the age of 21). Considering this benefit costs up to $650 each year, this perk alone makes up for the card’s $525 annual fee.

United Club at London Heathrow (Photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy)
One of the best benefits of the United Club Infinite Card is a complimentary United Club membership. (Photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy)

Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit

If you don’t already have Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, the United Club Infinite Card will refund your application fee (up to $100) once every four years. Travelers who already have the benefit can always gift this perk to a family member or friend.

IHG Platinum status and a $75 credit

A new perk as of 2022, the primary United Club Infinite cardholder is now eligible for complimentary Platinum Elite status with IHG Rewards. Perks at this status level include complimentary room upgrades, extended checkout and bonus points on stays.

In addition, cardholders will receive a $75 statement credit for IHG Hotels & Resorts purchases charged to the card this year, through Dec. 31.

Related: The award travelers guide to IHG Rewards

Elite-like perks

The card comes with two free checked bags (for the primary cardholder and one traveling companion on the same reservation paid for with the card), Premier Access (which includes priority access for check-in, security screening where available, boarding and baggage handling), 25% back on United inflight purchases, expanded award availability and more.

If you have United elite status, these perks may not be as compelling. But for those who have yet to earn it, these are valuable benefits to have.

10% mileage discount

The primary United Club Infinite cardmember will also be able to book economy Saver Awards on United flights within the continental U.S. and Canada for 10% fewer miles than awards available to the general public.

If you are a Club Infinite cardholder, you will see the mileage difference once logged in to your MileagePlus account. For example, a Saver Award may show as 5,000 miles when you are not signed in, but the same award will show as 4,500 miles if signed in to your account.

This supplements the existing perk of access to expanded award availability for all United cobranded cardholders.

Related: How to unlock additional award availability with United

Elite status spending shortcut

In 2022, United Club Infinite cardholders can earn up to 4,000 Premier qualifying points per calendar year. You earn 500 PQPs per $12,000 spent on your card. This is an increase in PQPs you can earn from spending, going from a maximum of 3,000 in 2021 to 4,000 for 2022.

Of course, that will require spending a whopping $96,000 to fully maximize, but still might be within reach for some.

Travel and purchase protections

With this card, you’re getting various travel protection benefits, including:

Rental car privileges

Primary cardholders can sign up for complimentary Avis President’s Club membership, which typically requires an invitation to join. President’s Club members receive complimentary upgrades of two car classes, guaranteed car availability when you book at least 24 hours in advance and expedited rental service.

Related: How to earn miles with the United Airlines MileagePlus program

Earning miles

The earning rates on the United Club Infinite Card are what ultimately set it apart from other cobranded airline credit cards.

Cardholders accrue:

  • 4 miles per dollar on United purchases.
  • 2 miles per dollar on all other travel.
  • 2 miles per dollar on dining purchases.
  • 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

That’s a 4.84% return on United spending (based on TPG valuations), higher than any other airline credit card available.

Related: The best airline credit cards of 2022

(Photo by Fertnig/Getty Images)
(Photo by Fertnig/Getty Images)

Since Chase is the issuing bank, the travel and dining categories are broadly defined, just as they are with Ultimate Rewards credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

If you have either of those cards, you’ll want to use those for general travel and dining spending, since Chase Ultimate Rewards points are worth more than United miles. But if you don’t already have either of those cards, you’ll still be able to earn rewards on those purchases with the United Club Infinite Card.

Related: All the ways to earn miles with the United MileagePlus program

Redeeming miles

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

When you are ready to redeem miles, United does have some sweet spots in its MileagePlus program. Unfortunately, United no longer publishes an award chart, which means award redemption rates can be unpredictable.

But there are other ways to find value in the program, such as the United Excursionist Perk or booking partner awards with United miles. United doesn’t pass on fuel surcharges on partner awards, which can save you hundreds of dollars per ticket when booking awards like first-class tickets on Lufthansa.

Related: Maximizing redemptions with United MileagePlus

Bottom line

If you spend thousands of dollars on United flights each year, the United Club Infinite Card is worth considering. You’re getting a great earning rate for a cobranded card, a strong lineup of perks, United Club access and solid travel protections. Use this opportunity to start stockpiling miles for your next dream destination.


Official application link: United Club Infinite Card with 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.


Additional reporting by Stella Shon and Chris Dong. 

Featured photo by Eric Helgas/The Points Guy.

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