Only one day left to earn 65,000 miles with the United Explorer Card

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Official application link: Apply for the United Explorer Card before this current offer ends!

Tomorrow — Jan. 22, 2020 — is your last chance to apply for a 65,000-miles bonus with the United Explorer Card.

The United Explorer Card, the primary personal cobranded airline credit card for United Airlines, has seen some improvements over the last couple of years, including the addition of a pair of popular bonus categories.

You have until Jan. 22, 2020, to apply for 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 quite a few valuable benefits for its $95 annual fee (which is also waived for the first year). The card’s bonus categories include 2x miles on restaurants and hotels, perks that were added in 2018 to the existing double miles on United purchases. In addition to these perks, you’ll receive an application-fee credit for either Global Entry ($100) or TSA PreCheck ($85) every four years, which helps offset the cost of the annual fee.


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

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

United removed the ability to get a Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQDs) waiver for United elite status when you spend at least $25,000 in a calendar year. And PQDs in general went away with recent changes to how United awards elite status. However, cardholders will be able to earn 500 Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) for every $12,000 spent on the card, up to a maximum of 1,000 PQPs per calendar year.

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

Bottom line

If you’re a regular United flyer and you could use the extra miles for an upcoming award trip, you may want to go ahead and grab the United Explorer Card now. If you’re interested, don’t forget to apply before tomorrow, Jan. 22, 2020, or you’ll be out of luck.

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

Additional reporting by Madison Blancaflor.

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