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Here’s the link to apply now for the United Explorer Card with up to a 65,000-mile bonus.

The recently revamped mid-tier United Explorer Card recently added some additional benefits, including a credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck every four years, 2x miles on new bonus categories and 25% off in-flight purchases. Now, it’s offering a new sign-up bonus that’s a significant step up from its standard 40,000-mile offer.

New cardholders can earn 40,000 miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months, plus another 25,000 miles after spending a total of $10,000 in the first six months. Based on our valuations, if you earn the full bonus of 65,000 miles, your sign-up bonus will be worth $910. This elevated bonus will be available until Jan. 8, 2019.

This card has a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year (and no foreign transaction fees), and it features 2x miles on restaurants and hotel stays as well as on United purchases. The recent addition of the application fee credit for Global Entry ($100) or TSA PreCheck ($85) is especially nice considering this is a sub-$100 card.

United-specific card benefits include a free checked bag on United when you purchase your ticket with this card, priority boarding and two United Club passes per year. The card did remove the 10,000-mile bonus for spending at least $25,000 in a calendar year, but you can still get a PQD waiver for United elite status when you spend at least $25,000 in a calendar year.

Earning the full 65,000 miles with this new bonus requires spending a total $10,000 in your first six months of card membership, which averages out to about $1,666 per month. You’ll have to assess your own situation and ability to meet the spending requirement before you apply to make sure it’s worth going for this elevated bonus.

Bottom Line

65,000 miles are worth $910 based on TPG’s valuations. So if you’re a regular United flyer and this offer is appealing to you, you may want to go ahead and grab the United Explorer Card now. Make sure to apply by Jan. 8, 2019 to secure this elevated bonus.


This is The Points Guy’s permanent page for the United Explorer Card, so you can bookmark it and check back regularly for updates. Keep in mind you may see some reader comments referring to older offers below.
United℠ Explorer Card

The United Explorer card recently got some enhancements like 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and on hotel stays and a $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check Fee credit. The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited time offer! Earn up to 65,000 Bonus Miles.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel stays
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit
  • 25% back on United inflight purchases
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $120 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
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.99% - 24.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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