United Explorer Card
United Explorer Card
Advertiser Disclosure: Your Best Credit Cards has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Your Best Credit Cards and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Commissions do not affect or prioritize placement within our results and not all cards displayed earn us a commission. The editorial content on this page is not provided by any of the companies mentioned, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Opinions expressed here are the author's alone.
Card Features and Benefits:
The United Explorer card earns 2x miles at restaurants, on hotels purchased directly, and, of course, on United.
United Explorer Card Benefits
United Explorer cardholders get free checked bag and priority boarding on United flights. You'll also get two one-time United Club passes per cardmember year, access to the Luxury Hotel and Resort Collection, and access to both Inside Access events and United MileagePlus Events.
You can earn a PQD status waiver with $25,000 spend and, best of all, this card entitles you to expanded saver economy award availability on United flights.
Includes Primary Rental Car Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Coverage
The coverage is Primary, so you won't have to involve your own insurance as long as you reserve and pay for the rental with this card (see issuer website for all terms).
More about Expanded Saver Availability with the United Explorer Card
The biggest benefit is access to expanded award availability on United flights. United often makes additional award seats (coach only, sorry) available for its elites. This is in an inventory bucket called YN which you can search online easily.
You’ll notice it second from the end of the list shown.
If you’re asking “Why can’t I see those in my searches?” it’s because you have to enable the feature in your United profile.
If you are a United elite member, the United Explorer card will also unlock the possibility of being upgraded on award tickets and provide a PQD waiver if you spend $25,000 in a year.
Note: You will only be approved for a Chase card if you have applied for fewer than 5 personal credit cards within the last 24 months from any issuer. (Business cards do not count against the total, except for Capital One and Discover, but are subject to the policy). Learn more about the 5/24 rule here.