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The United Explorer Card‘s current elevated sign-up offer was originally supposed to end in mid-July before it was extended for another month, but alas the new deadline is fast approaching. So if you want to earn 40,000 miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and a $100 statement credit after your first purchase, you have less than a week left. The current bonus will expire on Wednesday, August 15.
To jog your memory, the Explorer Card launched in June and in most respects it’s similar to the old United MileagePlus Explorer Card. But it boasts some additional bonus categories — in addition to earning 2x miles on United purchases, it gets you 2x on dining and hotels.
Another significant improvement is the addition of a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit every four years — if you travel even a few times a year, having this expedited airport access is huge. Finally, the card offers 25% off in-flight United purchases, including Wi-Fi as well as food and beverage.
Based on TPG’s valuations, 40,000 United miles are worth $560, and the $100 statement credit you’ll get after the first purchase on the Explorer Card bumps the total approximate value of this sign-up bonus to $660. Not bad at all for a card with a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year. If you’re interested, just make sure you hit “Apply” by August 15 — on that date, the sign-up offer will be replaced with something that’s almost guaranteed to be lower.
- Extended for a Limited Time - Offer ends 8/15/18. 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open plus $100 statement credit after your first purchase.
- $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- New! Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel stays
- New! Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit
- New! 25% back on United inflight purchases
- Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
- Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club℠ with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
- Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases