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This week, United launched a new version of its MilePlay promotion for targeted MileagePlus members. The program incentivizes select MileagePlus members to book and fly a certain number of trips or miles before a specific date in order to earn a targeted bonus. Offers just popped up for trips now through Jan. 31, 2019. To see if you’re targeted for this “Mile Play” offer, click here and enter your MileagePlus number.

Even if you made the cut to be targeted for this promotion, offers are all over the place. TPG Contributor Katherine Fan got a nice offer of 49,000 bonus miles for booking and taking four trips between now and Jan. 31, 2019. However, this offer requires a minimum of $500 spend per trip:

On the other end of the spectrum, TPG Contributor Ethan Steinberg got a modest offer of 5,000 bonus miles for booking and taking one trip between now and Jan. 31, 2019. The terms require a minimum spend of $175 for the trip to qualify:

However, neither my wife Katie nor I got an offer:

Whether you were targeted for this promotion or not, you can still stock up on bonus United miles by opening a new Chase credit card. Currently, the United Explorer Card is offering up to 65,000 United miles — 40,000 miles for spending $2,000 in the first three months after opening the card plus 25,000 more miles for spending a total of $10,000 in the first six months. Plus, you’ll get perks like a free checked bag, priority boarding (even when booking Basic Economy) and two club passes per year. And there’s no annual fee the first year.

The United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card offers many of the same perks with a 50,000-mile signup bonus for spending $3,000 in the first three months. And forget paying for a United Club membership; you can get a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus plus a United Club membership with the United MileagePlus Club Card.

While these United co-branded cards are the best for stocking up on United miles, you’ll earn even more miles when you book these flights with The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline) or the Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Prestige — which each earn 3x on airfare plus providing trip delay insurance.

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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 $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
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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