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United Credit Cards from Chase

The following United Airlines co-branded credit cards all offer benefits like free checked bags, priority boarding, and expanded saver award availability.

For most consumers, the standard United Explorer Card is the best choice while small business owners should consider the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card.

The Club Card, by contrast, caries a $450 annual fee, though it does come with United Club membership.

Many people would likely do better with a Credit Card That Earns Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, which are generally earned at a faster rate and can be transfered to United 1:1 (as well as a range of other transfer partners). Note that you would need one of the Chase cards with an annual fee, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Chase Sapphire Reserve, or the Chase Ink Business Preferred in order to be able to transfer the points.

The main reason to get the United cards would be if you travel with United a few times a year and check bags, meaning that you will save more on the free checked bags than you pay in annual fees, or if you value the expanded saver award availability.

You can also use the Your Best Credit Cards “rewards optimization calculator” to find the best card for your spend.

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United Gateway Card

Annual Fee: $0

Estimated Bonus Value :

$180

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Annual Fee: $0

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$180

Offer: Earn 15,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in your first 3 months, plus earn 3X miles on grocery store purchases (up to $15,000) in your first year.
  • 2 miles per dollar on United Airlines purchases and earn 25% back on United inflight purchases
  • 2 miles per dollar at gas stations,  and on local transit and commuting charges
  • Earn 3 miles per $1 spent at grocery stores, on up to $1,500 per month through 9/30/2021
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees

Note that in calculating your rewards on this card, we are counting all airfare as 2X miles since we don't capture your spend by airline. However, please note that the 2X multiplier on airfare will only apply to United flights.

Offer: Earn 15,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in your first 3 months, plus earn 3X miles on grocery store purchases (up to $15,000) in your first year.

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