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The United Explorer Business Card currently has an increased sign-up bonus of 75,000 miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months from account opening.
According to TPG’s valuations, United miles are worth 1.4 cents each, making those 75,000 miles worth $1,050. This might be the largest-ever public welcome bonus we’ve seen for this card. Even better, the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year. This current offer is available through March 18, 2019, so if you’re interested keep that date in mind.
This card can be a great option for United flyers. The primary card member, as well as one companion traveling on the same reservation, will enjoy a free checked bag. That can save $30 to $60 each way, a very valuable benefit especially for those prone to buying basic economy tickets. Other perks include priority boarding and increased access to economy award flights, a great tool that makes redeeming your United miles much easier.
And if you want United elite status but are having trouble hitting the PQD spend requirement, putting $25,000 on the United Explorer Business Card in a calendar year will waive the PQD requirement for United Premier Silver, Premier Gold and Premier Platinum status.
When it comes to earn rates, the card’s not the best compared to products that earn transferrable points like the Ink Business Preferred or Citi Premier Card, but it was recently refreshed and now earns more miles.
You’ll earn 2x miles on all purchases made with United as at restaurants, gas stations and office supply stores. Everything else will earn just 1 mile per dollar.
The 75,000 miles could be used for a whole host of award tickets on United and its Star Alliance partners. Here’s a few things you could do book after receiving the bonus:
Fly from the US to Europe in United’s Polaris business class for 60,000 miles one-way:
Take nine one-way short-haul flights (less than 800 miles) in economy on United Star Alliance partners like Avianca:
Take a round-trip transcontinental flight in business on United’s new 787-10 Dreamliner:
Fly a United Star Alliance partner like Austrian to Europe for 70,000 miles one-way:
Note that if you’ve received the sign-up bonus for the United Explorer Business Card in the last 24 months, you’ll be ineligible for the current offer. Also, as this is a Chase-issued card, keep the issuer’s 5/24 rule in mind. If you’ve opened 5 or more cards across all issuers in the last 24 months, Chase won’t approve you for any additional cards. Chase business cards don’t count toward your 5/24 status, but if you’re over 5/24 you won’t be approved for the United business card.
If you’re interested in getting a United credit card but don’t think you qualify as a business (which is much easier than you probably think), the personal United Explorer Card is also a good option, but has a more modest bonus of 40,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
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- Limited Time Offer: Earn 75,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
- $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- Earn 2 miles per $1 at restaurants, gas stations and office supply stores
- Earn 2 miles per $1 on United purchases and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
- Free checked bag - save up to $120 per roundtrip
- Two one-time United Club℠ passes each year — more than a $100 value
- Priority boarding for you and companions on the same reservation on United-operated flights
- Employee cards at no additional cost