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Compare the Features and Benefits of United℠ Explorer Card and
Bilt Mastercard®

Detailed Comparison Overview

Key Facts
Annual Fee
Avg. Min. Credit Score
Ongoing APR
Balance transfers fees
Best Multiplier
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
Bonus Offer
Rating
Review
Key features
Unique Card Benefits
Primary Car Rental CDW Waiver
Trip Protections
No Foreign Transaction Fees
Free Checked Bags
Airport Lounge Access
Priority Boarding
Global Entry / TSA PreCheck Reimbursement
Purchase Protection
Extended Warranty
Concierge Services
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
Free Access to Credit Score
Earns Transferable Points
Cell Phone Protection
Annual Fee
$0 Introductory Annual Fee for the first year, then $95
Avg. Min. Credit Score
670-850 *
Ongoing APR
21.99%-28.99% (Variable)
Balance transfers fees
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Best Multiplier
2x Airfare

On United flights only; otherwise earn 1X

2x Dining Out / Food Delivery
2x Hotels
1x Everything Else
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
$0.012
Bonus Offer
Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
Rating
YBCC Card Rate Stars Filled
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(4.05) Our Review

Our ratings are determined by the authors and editors on our team. Each individual card feature is compared against all other cards we offer and the total score is an average of those 4 ratings.

Review

The United Explorer is one of the best credit cards out there for occasional United flyers. That’s because you’ll get useful perks, such as free first checked bags, priority boarding privileges, a 25% food and beverage discount on board United operated flights, and even get a taste of airport lounge access with two anniversary United Club passes. Plus. the annual fee is waived the first year, then just $95 thereafter.

Consider this scenario: Even if you only fly United a couple of times per year, the Explorer Card is worth it for the free checked bag benefit alone. Keep in mind, this applies to the primary card holder and one companion on the same reservation, as long as you use the card to pay for your ticket. At $35 for one checked bag, and $140 for a round-trip flight for two people, it’s easy to get value that exceeds the card’s annual fee.

In addition to the sign-up bonus earned after account opening, the United Explorer card earns a decent 2X miles on United Airlines purchases, 2X miles on dining, including eligible delivery services, 2X miles on hotel stays when booked with the hotel and 1x miles on all other purchases. Also, the card helps to fast track your United elite status goals with 500 Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) for every $12,000 you spend on purchases (up to 1,000 PQPs in a calendar year). These PQPs can be applied toward your Premier status qualification — up to the Premier 1K level.

And don’t forget the ability to earn PQPs towards elite status from spend. You’ll earn 25 Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) for every $500 you spend on purchases – up to 1,000 PQPs per year.

If you’re in need of extra miles besides flying on United flights, keep in mind that Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to the United Mileage Plus program at a 1:1 ratio to help you top up your miles balance.

While the United Explorer card is a fantastic option for the occasional United flyer, those that travel more often with the airline might want to consider other options, including United’s other, more premium, credit cards.

In more simple terms, the Explorer card fits the “occasional United flyer” once or twice per year mold, while the $250-per-year United Quest fits the “semi-frequent United flyer.” Then, there’s the United Club Infinite Card for the “frequent United flyer.” If you’re looking for a United Club membership and need more than just two one-time passes, you’ll probably be better off with the United Club Infinite Card, which comes with a full United Club membership but also charges the highest annual fee of the United cards at $525.

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Primary Car Rental CDW Waiver
yes
Trip Protections
yes
No Foreign Transaction Fees
yes
Free Checked Bags
yes
Airport Lounge Access
yes
Priority Boarding
yes
Global Entry / TSA PreCheck Reimbursement
yes
Purchase Protection
yes
Extended Warranty
yes
Concierge Services
yes
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
yes
Free Access to Credit Score
yes
Earns Transferable Points
no
Cell Phone Protection
no
Annual Fee
$0 (Rates and fees)
Avg. Min. Credit Score
*
Ongoing APR
-
Balance transfers fees
-
Best Multiplier
3x Dining Out / Food Delivery
2x Airfare
2x Car Rentals
2x Hotels
2x Cruises
1x Rent
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
$0.018
Bonus Offer
There's no traditional bonus offer, but you'll be eligible for Rent Day double points on the 1st of every month (excluding rent).
Rating
YBCC Card Rate Stars Filled
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(4.13) Our Review

Our ratings are determined by the authors and editors on our team. Each individual card feature is compared against all other cards we offer and the total score is an average of those 4 ratings.

Review

What is Bilt?

The Bilt Mastercard® is the only credit card that lets you pay your rent with no transaction fees and earn one point per dollar in the process.

This works with any landlord, up to $100,000 in rent per year as long as you make 5 other purchases each statement period.

Bilt Transfer Partners

Bilt Transfer PartnersAll transfer at a 1:1 ratio. Transfer times below:
Alaska Airlines MileagePlanTBD
American Airlines AAdvantage®Within 1 day
Aer Lingus AviosWithin 10 minutes
Air Canada AeroplanWithin 10 minutes
Air France Flying BlueWithin 10 minutes
Avianca LifemilesWithin 10 minutes
British Airways AviosWithin 10 minutes
Cathay Pacific AsiaMilesWithin 10 minutes
Emirates SkywardsWithin 10 minutes
Hawaiian AirlinesWithin 10 minutes
Iberia AviosWithin 10 minutes
IHG RewardsWithin 10 minutes
Marriott BonvoyUp to 48 hours; generally within minutes. (5,000 point bonus when you transfer 20,000).
United Airlines MileagePlusWithin 10 minutes
Turkish Airlines Miles&SmilesWithin 10 minutes
Virgin PointsWithin 10 minutes
World of HyattWithin 10 minutes

Rent Day

On the 1st of every month, Bilt Rewards has “Rent Day” – where you’ll earn double points on dining, travel and other purchases excluding rent for purchases (up to 10,000 points each Rent Day) – for purchases made on that one day.

On Rent Day, they also have other bonuses and giveaways, which may include status trials on an airline or hotel partner or a points transfer bonus.

Summary

Overall, this card is pretty much a “must have” for renters, since there is no other way to earn points – with no transaction fees – when paying your rent.

There is also no annual fee to hold the card and no Foreign Currency Conversion Fee.

I have one myself and don’t see any reason for any renter not to have it.

Disclaimers

 

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Primary Car Rental CDW Waiver
yes
Trip Protections
yes
No Foreign Transaction Fees
yes
Free Checked Bags
no
Airport Lounge Access
no
Priority Boarding
no
Global Entry / TSA PreCheck Reimbursement
no
Purchase Protection
no
Extended Warranty
no
Concierge Services
no
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
no
Free Access to Credit Score
no
Earns Transferable Points
yes
Cell Phone Protection
yes

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