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United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

The United MileagePlus® Explorer Card, brought to you by Chase and, is an airline rewards card that gives new card holders 25,000 bonus miles after you make your first purchase (within the first 2 months) and priority boarding on all United Airlines flights.

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United MileagePlus® Explorer Card
  • Earn up to 40,000 bonus miles & first year free, a $95 value*
  • First checked bag is free for you and a companion when you fly United flights, up to a $50 value
  • Board your flight before general boarding with priority boarding privileges
  • Visit the United Club with two complimentary day passes every year, up to a $100 value
  • Earn 2 miles for each $1 spent on airline tickets purchased from United and 1 mile per $1 for everything else
  • Your miles don't expire and there is no limit to the number of miles you can earn
Introductory Period Info
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Credit Needed
15.24% (Variable)
$95, waived the first year*

Editor's Review: The ALL-NEW United MileagePlus® Explorer Card from Chase gives cardholders the opportunity to earn airline miles on any United Airlines flight with every purchase. Cardholders and earn up to 40,000 bonus miles on top of all the other perks and benefits offered.

Making your first purchase within the first 2 months of opening your account will earn you 25,000 bonus miles on the card. You can also earn an additional 5,000 bonus miles by adding another authorized user on your account.

Additionally, the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card gives you the opportunity to earn another 10,000 bonus miles with $25,000 in calendar year spending on the card. The great thing about the yearly bonus miles is the opportunity to earn those 10,000 bonus miles every year you’re a card member.

There is NO limit to the amount of rewards miles you can earn and miles will never expire as long as the account remains in good standing. Cardholders will earn 2 miles for every $1 spent on United ticket purchases as well as 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases.

The card also features perks and benefits that are usually reserved for frequent fliers of the airline or for first class passengers. For example, when flying with a companion on United flights, you first bag check is free of charge, amounting to $50 value round-trip for each person.

The United MileagePlus® Explorer Card gets you priority boarding ahead of general boarding on all United flights and also gives you two complimentary passes annually to the United Club lounge where you can relax before your flight or on a layover.

On top of that, the annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year.

All in all, there are ton of perks and bonus mile opportunities for this card making it worth every frequent fliers consideration.

(Review Date: January 14, 2014)