Earn up to 65,000 miles with the United Explorer Card

Nov 7, 2019

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Official application link: Apply for the United Explorer Card with a bonus of up to 65,000 miles

The United Explorer Card, which is the primary personal cobranded airline credit card for United Airlines, has seen some improvements over the last 18 months, including the addition of a pair of popular bonus categories. Now, the card also has an increased sign-up bonus. New cardholders who apply for a limited-time can earn up to 65,000 bonus miles with two tiers of spending. First, you’ll earn 40,000 United MileagePlus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months. Then, you’ll earn another 25,000 United miles after you spend $10,000 total on purchases in the first six months.

Based on TPG’s most recent points and miles valuations, 65,000 miles are worth $845, which is a decent haul when it comes to cobranded airline credit cards. And the United Explorer card packs in quite a few valuable benefits for its $95 annual fee (which is even waived for the first year). The card’s bonus categories include 2 miles per dollar on restaurants and hotels, which were added in 2018 to the existing double miles on United purchases. And, the card’s application fee credit for either Global Entry ($100) or TSA PreCheck ($85) is especially nice considering the annual fee.

(Photo by Isabelle Raphael / The Points Guy)
(Photo by Isabelle Raphael / The Points Guy)

Airline specific card benefits on the United Explorer include a free checked bag on United when you purchase your ticket with this card, priority boarding and two one-time United Club passes per year. You’ll also receive a 25% rebate on any in-flight purchases, such as food or Wi-Fi.

The card did recently remove the ability to get a Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQD) waiver for United elite status when you spend at least $25,000 in a calendar year starting in 2020. And, PQDs in general went away with recent changes to how United awards elite status. However, existing card holders have been informed that they will be able to earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 spent on the card, up to a maximum of 1,000 PQP per calendar year.

The previous offer for the United Explorer was 40,000 miles after new card holders spent $2,000 in the first 3 months and an additional 20,000 miles after spending a total of $8,000 in the first six months. So with this new offer, the total minimum spend is higher to earn the full 65,000 miles ($10,000 in six months versus $8,000), but you’ll get an extra 5,000 bonus miles for your troubles.

Bottom line

If you’re a regular United flyer and you could use the extra miles for an award trip on the horizon, you may want to go ahead and grab the United Explorer Card now. And if you’re interested, don’t forget to keep the offer end date, Jan. 9, 2020, on your radar.

Official application link: Apply for the United Explorer Card with a bonus of up to 65,000 miles


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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 Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check Fee credit (up to $100). 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
18.24% - 25.24% 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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