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United℠ Explorer Card

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United℠ Explorer Card

Annual Fee:  $0 Introductory Annual Fee for the first year, then $95

Bonus Offer: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.

Bonus Offer: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.

★ This card earns bonus points for spend in the following bonus categories:


Best for:

United flyers that would like access to extra Economy saver award availability

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 for you and a companion (must pay with card) 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.
    • Up to $100 Global Entry, TSA PreCheck® or NEXUS fee credit: You can receive a statement credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee for Global Entry, TSA PreCheck® or NEXUS when charged to your card.
    • Get one-year of complimentary DashPass, a membership for both DoorDash and Caviar that provides unlimited deliveries with $0 delivery fees and lower service fees on eligible orders.  Activate by 12/31/24. After the trial period, you will be automatically enrolled in DashPass at the current monthly rate.

    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.

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    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.

    Cardmembers also get access to "last seat" standard award inventory (i.e. full price in miles, but available when it's not available at all to others).

    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.

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United℠ Explorer Card

Offer: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.

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