Last chance to get United Explorer Card with up to 70,000-mile bonus

Jan 12, 2021

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United Explorer Card       

During the pandemic, credit card issuers have been focusing on limited-time promotions for existing cardholders, which we’re tracking in our full list of pandemic-related card perks.

However, new cardholders have certainly not been forgotten either, and in fact, we’ve seen some better-than-normal limited-time welcome bonus in the last few months But, all good things come to an end, and the chance to earn up to 70,000 United miles by opening a new United Explorer Card is coming to an end tomorrow on Jan. 13, 2021.

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Photo by The Points Guy
(Photo by The Points Guy)

With this offer ending on Jan. 13, new cardmembers can earn 60,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months your account is open.

New cardmembers can then earn another 10,000 bonus miles after spending $6,000 total in the first six months of account opening. The initial bonus is valued at $780, according to TPG valuations. But if you spend enough to get the 10,000 bonus miles, that total valuation rises to $910.

The 60,000 miles alone is enough for a one-way business class award from the U.S. to Europe — and recently, future United business class award availability has been better than normal.

Screenshot courtesy of United.

The card’s first year annual fee is waived and it’s $95 per year thereafter.

Related: Full review of the United Explorer Card 

When you spend with the card, you’ll earn 2 miles per dollar on United purchases, dining and hotel spending and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. It’s nice to see higher miles per dollar spent on dining and hotels, two popular spending categories.

The United Explorer card also comes with a free checked bag for the cardholder and one companion on the same reservation, as long as you purchase your ticket (or pay taxes and fees on an award ticket) from United using the Explorer Card. Other perks include priority boarding, two one-time United Club passes each year, a 25% discount on inflight United purchases — including Wi-Fi, food and beverage — and access to additional award availability, plus complimentary upgrades for elite members traveling on award tickets.

United Club bar (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
United Club bar (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

In non-pandemic times, the United Explorer Card allows you to earn up to 1,000 elite Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) on the card with $24,000 in annual spending on the card (500 points for each of the first $12,000 in annual spending). However, United has a promotion that doubles the number of PQPs you can earn with the Explorer Card to 2,000 PQPs. Plus elite thresholds were cut by 50%.

However, from now through March 31, 2021, many Chase cobranded travel cards — including the United Explorer Card — will be eligible (registration required here) to earn up to 5 miles for each dollar spent at places like grocery stores, gas stations and drug stores, up to $1,500 in combined purchases.

Apply for the United Explorer Card here 

Bottom line

With a generous sign-up bonus under your belt, you’ll be able to get closer to a future trip — even if travel isn’t on your immediate radar right. But remember — since this is a card issued by Chase, it will be subject to the issuer’s 5/24 rule. If you have opened five or more accounts in the past 24 months, you will likely not be able to be approved for these cards. If you think you meet the criteria and want to get in on this increased offer, act quickly as it ends on Jan. 13, 2021.

Additional reporting by Benét J. Wilson

Featured photo by Eric Helgas / The Points Guy

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
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