Credit Card Updates: Targeted United 65,000 Mile Card & Free Platinum Status with 80,000 Point Priority Club Card

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 [None of the cards in this post earns me a referral credit, but they are both good deals.  Emily and I both have the Priority Club Visa which we plan on keeping for a long time because of the annual free night certificate.]

1.   Chase United Explorer.   Jay (thanks!) commented yesterday to let me know that the targeted United 60,000 mile offer is now offering 5,000 extra miles for adding an authorized card holder within the 1st 2 months of having the card.  And adding an authorized user does not prevent the authorized user from getting the full sign-on bonus later on.

To see the offer, log into your United account, which has a few miles in it, and click this link.

Reader Josnei in the comments suggests clicking on the United Club card and then clicking back to the Explorer card to see the 65,000 mile offer.

I’ve written about this before, and in my view, it is one of the best credit card offers available because most folks can get 55,000 United miles + $50 statement credit after just one purchase!

You can get 10,000 extra United miles after spending $25,000 miles.  I’m not a  big spender nor do I have lots of reimbursable expenses, so I won’t chase the last 10,000 miles.  Instead, I’ll save my spending power to meet the (increasing) spending requirements to get the sign-on bonus on new cards.

This is effectively a 55,000 mile +$50 statement credit card, which both Emily and I will target in our next round of applications.

There is no minimum spending requirement to get the bonus, which makes it a great choice to pair with the Chase Ink Bold which has a $5,000 spending requirement (but which may increase to $10,000 soon) because you can usually get 1 personal card and 1 business card from Chase at the same time.  Of course, you’ll have to call the reconsideration line to negotiate approval for the cards, but you should have lots of experience by now!

The Southwest and British Airways cards both offer a 50,000 point sign-up bonus after the 1st purchase, though the fee is NOT waived on the British Airways card.  I personally feel that the British Airways is the weakest of the 50,000 point offers after 1st purchase for most folks, unless you’re willing to spend $30,000 in a year for the Travel Together companion pass.

If you applied for this card recently, it doesn’t hurt to send Chase a secure message and ask to be matched to this offer (click link for template).

2.   Chase Priority Club Card.   Readers who have the Chase Priority Club card have written in that they have received mailers indicating that they now have Platinum status for as long as they hold the Priority Club card.

The Chase Priority club card is one of the few cards for which I’d gladly pay the annual $49 fee because I get a free night certificate which I can use at any Priority Club hotel.  I try to use mine at the expensive InterContinental hotels which I’d never be able to afford otherwise.

In addition, I also get a 10% rebate on award redemptions (up to 100,000 points a year), so a 40,000 InterContinental award ends up costing only 36,000 points (40,000 points less a 10% discount of 4,000 points).  And there’s no foreign transaction fee as well.

However, I don’t put a lot of spending on this card because I don’t value Priority Club points as much as I value Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Starwood SPG points, or American Airlines miles.

Emily received a mailer letting her know that she’d receive Platinum status as long as she had the card.  And a few days ago, Million Mile Secrets reader Steve (thanks) commented that Priority Club Platinum status is now listed as a benefit of the card on the Chase website.

Platinum status is Priority Club’s top tier status, but it isn’t as generous as other programs’ top tier status.   You get a 50% bonus on points earned by staying at a Priority Club hotel & the potential for room upgrades subject to availability.  In my experience, you don’t get much for being Platinum at Holiday Inns in the US, but you do get an upgraded room in Europe or Asia.

We got upgraded at the Holiday Inn Resort in Phi Phi, Thailand when we were there last year using points (and the much delayed trip report should start soon!)

However, Priority Club doesn’t technically have to honor your elite status on award stays.  Even more confusingly, you can redeem your Priority Club points for stays at InterContinental hotels, but InterContinental has a separate elite status program and doesn’t recognize Priority Club status.

But I’m glad to see yet another benefit on a card which I don’t plan on cancelling, though this could be a sign of yet another elite tier soon-to-come to Priority Club.  Or perhaps Priority Club is acknowledging that their top tier really isn’t elite (when compared to other hotels’ top tier status)..

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125 responses to “Credit Card Updates: Targeted United 65,000 Mile Card & Free Platinum Status with 80,000 Point Priority Club Card

  1. You need to have some miles in your United account to see the 65,000 offer. I transferred 1,000 points from my Chase Ultimate Rewards to my United and as soon as I logged in, the 65,000 offer showed up on my account. It seems to show up every time, but I took a screen shot just in case I need to send a secure message to Chase.

  2. @rilys – You’re right that most folks can see the offer if they have United miles in their account. Good luck!

  3. I was approved for the United Explorer Card with a 60000 bonus !!
    Now, that I’ve been approved for the United Explorer Card, should I wait a while to cancel my Continental One Pass Plus card (from Chase which actually has already merged into the United Explorer Card) or would that look bad to cancel that Chase card? Perhaps it would look responsible if I cancel that since I just sort of got the replacement card for it ? Now that I have the new Explorer Card, and also a Chase Freedom from just a few weeks ago (I just have these two cards from Chase now plus the Chase Continental One Pass), I wanted to attempt to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and the 40000 bonus but I would like some advice on the timing of going after it. Thanks !!
    If I keep the Chase Continental One Pass open and with me now having the Chase Freedom (got in early June) and the Chase United Explorer (got in mid June), would I be able to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred in 90 days or so, even though I would already have 3 Chase cards at the time of that potential application?
    And another separate question — is there a Chase Sapphire Business Card that I could apply for now (since its a Business card) that gives the 40000 bonus points? I was hoping not to miss out on the Sapphire’s 40000 bonus. Do you know how long they’ll offer the 40000 on the Chase Sapphire.
    Thanks again.

  4. @Mark B – I wouldn’t cancel the Continental card now. I’d keep it and offer to cancel it when you’re negotiating approval on another Chase card. I’d wait a month of so before applying for another Chase card. If you don’t get approved for the Sapphire Preferred in 90 days you can call the reconsideration line and they should be able to approve you if you close the Continental card (which you wouldn’t need!).

    The Chase Ink Bold offers a 50K sign-up bonus and is a business card.

  5. Thanks so much for all the advice. I opened a Fifth Third Bank real life rewards credit card (no annual fee) in January 2012 and met the minimum spend to get a small cash reward of $100 (before I started following all you guys) but I have a large credit line of $ 17,500 on that line. Should I cancel that card now to “make room” within my total credit line to all creditors so when I apply for that Chase Sapphire Preferred, I would then not have that large credit line for Chase to see. I don’t really see any reason to keep the Fifth Third Bank card open, unless it would hurt me with a Chase application in a few months.

  6. @Mark B – I usually cancel my cards after ~8 months, but there have been times when I’ve cancelled earlier. It’s up to you when to cancel.

  7. I’m preparing for my first app-o-rama in late July (I received four offers in the mail that all expire around Aug. 1. ; City Thank You Premeir (50,000 points), PNC Bank ($250 bonus), Barclay Rewards (20,000 points) and a Bank of America card ($100). My big question is…I really want to have my wife and I both apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, too, to get the 40,000 bonus each but I don’t know if I should do the Chase Sapphire apps a few days before the app-o-rama or if it’s ok to do the Chase apps after the app-o-rama. I currently have 3 Chase cards (Continental Airlines from April 2011, Chase Freedom from early June 2012 and United Explorer from mid June 2012). Didn’t know if it’s better to do Chase before or after the app-o-rama (or as part of it?). Also, I have Chase checking and savings relationships (checking in March; savings last month). Thanks!

  8. Hello again. I have a question about the CHASE Marriott Rewards Premier card. Do you know if they still have the 70,000 points offers + statement credit out there or is it just the 50,000 points now? And do you happen to know which CHASE offer might be going away sooner – the Marriott Rewards Premier (50 or 70K) or the Sapphire Preferred (40k) ?
    Thanks so much.

  9. Does anyone know if the free checked bag privileges are extended to authorized users as well? Thanks…

  10. @Mark B – The 70K offer for the Marriott card is still available.

    @John – Unfortunately, it is just the primary card holder.

  11. Richard Gross

    I am to apply for the up to 65 thousand miles and have been referred to four different numbers and none can yelp can you?

  12. Hi Daraius,

    Nice blog! I’m new to the miles and points, and I recently got approved from Chase United Explorer card through your referral link! I’m also thinking of applying Chase Sapphire Preferred, but do you think I should wait for a while since I just got approved my United Explorer from Chase? Thank you and keep up the great work!

  13. Chasing credit-card promotions is a fool’s errand. Debt brings unnecessary to your life, and it makes bad situations (unexpected unemployment, for example) much worse and more stressful. People who eschew debt and consistently spend less than they earn end up having … ACTUAL CASH. Which we then use to buy nice things like plane tickets and hotel rooms and the other nonsense you’re trying to get by playing with fire (debt)…. And while you may say that you never carry a balance and therefore never pay interest, that is NOT true of most people who sign up for a credit card to get “free” airline miles or “free” hotel rooms. Also, even if you pay off the balance in full every month forever, studies conclusively show (as does experience) that people tend to spend more with a credit card than with cash (or with a debit card). The excess spending — which necessarily takes away money that could have been used for saving and investing — is a very real cost of the “free” credit card with its “great deals.” stop encouraging people to go into debt thinking that they are clever.

  14. P.S. How many tens of millions of people have signed up for a credit card which “won’t cost me anything because they waive the annual fee for the first year” or “won’t cost me anything because I won’t carry a balance”, and then end up paying a late fee because they forget to make a payment one month? Money wasted on such late fees is no better than money wasted on interest or annual fees….. by the way, has anyone ever heard a wealthy person say “my credit-card promotions helped me become wealthy” or even helped them at all? No, me neither.

  15. I’d like to know whether the person writing this article, essentially urging people to get credit cards, is debt-free and has a substantial net worth. If he’s not debt-free, how much of a financial authority is he?

  16. JB, this really isn’t something to get so worked up about. If you don’t feel it’s worth it to take advantage of some of these offers, then don’t apply. As with anything in life, people can make their own choices. Because I know I will definitely pay everything off each month, I do take advantage of these. I’m not expecting to get wealthy or anything, but when I see an offer to get something of a pretty decent value for basically nothing, I take advantage of it — credit card bonuses or otherwise. If people just use some common sense in life, they will be fine. If folks want it now, but don’t have the money to pay it off each month, then yes, they could get into trouble. Otherwise, this is a very easy way to get airline miles or hotel points, etc.

  17. Quick question – it says you earn two miles per 1$ spent on United tickets – does this have to be purchased through the United website or can you purchase a United flight through travelocity, expedia etc and get the double miles?
    Also, I am going to cancel this card before I have to pay the annual fee. How long do you have to wait until you can apply for United sign up bonuses in the future? Is there a minimum time you have to wait or do you never qualify for them?

  18. @Alanna – The transaction has to be from United to get the double miles. You can get the bonus on a different United card again. Otherwise I’d wait 2 years before trying again.

  19. Is there still any way to get the 65,000 MileagePlus Explorer card (without having to actually apply and then request a bonus bump), or is the deal dead? I have United miles in my account, but the regular offer is all that is showing up. Thanks.

  20. @Tom – The link is temperamental, but folks are having success getting matched to the better offer.

  21. Hi…i enjoyed your info. So much information. I am looking for a credit card with 50,000 or 60,000 bonus miles PLUS free companion deal every year. I know that
    s a hard one to find but I did see it a few months ago online. I would like the first year fee waived. I also would not have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to attain this. i could spend $5000 in 3 months for this offer.

  22. @debbie – Getting 50K miles plus a companion pass which is free is unlikely. The US Air, Alaska Air, Hawaiian Air, and Delta Platinum & Reserve all offer Companion Passes, but you have to pay a fee. I’d research those cards to see if they best fit your needs. The Citi Thank You Premier also offers a Companion pass once a year.

  23. goals^n^dreams

    I applied this card yesterday. My application status is pending for review. Today, I call Chase reconsideration. They told me to wait for processing and decision in receiving mail in a few days. Does that mean that my application was denied? Do I need to call again today to check my status?

  24. Atanas Bosakov

    Hi and thank you for the great info!!! It is highly appreciated…

    my question is whether or not I will get the chase bonus miles if I have a different credit card with chase? I have a chase freedom card.

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