Better Offer for the United Airlines Card: 50,000 Miles AND $50 Statement Credit

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Via Million Mile Secrets’ reader Nick, there’s a better offer available for the Chase United Explorer card.

Chase recently increased the sign-up bonus on the card to 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the 1st 3 months.  Plus you get an extra 5,000 points for adding an authorized user.

But this new offer also includes a $50 statement credit after your 1st purchase!  You’ll still get 50,000 miles after meeting minimum spending requirements, and get the extra 5,000 miles for an authorized user.

Better Offer For The United Airlines Card 50000 Miles AND 50 Statement Credit

There’s a Better Offer Available for the Chase United Explorer Card

What’s the Deal?

Link:   Chase United Explorer With 50,000 Mile Bonus AND $50 Statement Credit

Link:   My Review of the Chase United Explorer Increased Bonus Offer

This new offer with a $50 statement credit is better than my link for the card.  But Emily and I will always tell you about a better offer, even when it doesn’t earn us a commission.

With this new offer, you’ll get:

  • 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the 1st 3 months
  • $50 statement credit after your 1st purchase
  • 2 miles per $1 you spend on United Airlines
  • 1 mile per $1 you spend on everything else
  • 5,000 miles when you add an authorized user
  • Free 1st checked bag saves up to $100 per round-trip
  • Priority boarding
  • 2 United Club lounge passes per year
  • Access to more award seats on United Airlines
  • 10,000 bonus United Airlines miles when you spend more than $25,000 on the card each year
  • $95 annual fee, waived for the 1st year
  • No foreign currency fees

The 50,000 sign-up bonus on this card could get you:

  • 2 round-trip domestic (Mainland US and Canada) coach class tickets (25,000 miles each)
  • 2 1-way coach class tickets to Hawaii from the Mainland US (22,500 miles each)
  • A 1-way saver award coach class ticket to South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, or Australia (between 20,000 and 42,500 miles)

You can read my review of the increased sign-up bonus, or my original review of the card.

However, this offer seems to redirect to the United website, so it may not work for everyone.

What If You’ve Already Applied?

If you’ve applied using our link (without the $50 statement credit), you could send Chase a secure message from your online account, or call them and ask them to match the better offer.  They’re usually pretty good about matching offers if you’ve recently applied.

Bottom Line

There’s a better offer for the Chase United Explorer card that includes the 50,000 miles sign-up bonus, plus a $50 statement credit.

Our link doesn’t include the statement credit, but we’ll always tell you about a better deal even if it doesn’t earn us a commission.

If you’ve already been approved for an offer without the statement credit, you could call or secure message Chase and see if they’ll match the higher offer.

Thanks, Nick, for letting us know about the better offer!

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32 responses to “Better Offer for the United Airlines Card: 50,000 Miles AND $50 Statement Credit

  1. We got the United cards in late June in the bank (50k mile bonus) so we sent SMs when we saw this offer on the weekend. Monday we got responses AND the $50 credit. I’m a fan of Chase customer service.

  2. We got the United cards in late June in the bank (50k mile bonus) so we sent messages when we saw this offer on the weekend. Monday we got responses and the $50 credit. I’m a fan of Chase customer service.

  3. “But Emily and I will always tell you about a better offer, even when it doesn’t earn us a commission.”

    You forgot to add: “We might wait 4 days to tell you, though, while we rake in cash from our affiliate link promoting a worse offer.”

    Your grandmothers must be so proud of your interpretation of their rule.

  4. If I had this card already, applied for it two years ago, could I apply again and get the bonus miles? And if yes, do I first have to cancel my previous card?


  5. Do you have any knowledge about when the Business United card will be available for 50k bonus?
    Unfortunately, I applied to this card less than 18 months ago…. So although I cancelled it 6 months ago, I am assuming I can’t get this bonus again

  6. @ Kim

    He also forgot to mention:

    “Graciously tolerate (a vast minority of) obnoxious readers who whine like petulant children and bash us for not giving them everything immediately.”

    He’s doing a good job. Not good enough for you? Go start your own blog.

  7. I used to have two United Chase credit card and received bonus miles for both card. I applied them about 2 years ago and canceled both cards last month. Do you know if I am able to get bonus miles if I apply for new card?

  8. A little late to the party aren’t you?

  9. I applied and received the Southwest Rapid Rewards card two months ago. If I apply for a United Explorer card now, will Chase approve me? What is the recommended minimum waiting time between applying for two Chase products? Thanks in advance.

  10. Hi Darius. I called Chase to get the $50 statement credit match and they told me the $50 credit is only for those who applied for the card during a ticket reservation on United Airlines. So although I just received my card and did not activate it yet I would not be eligible for the $50 credit if I was not purchasing a ticket on United. Bummer but still a good deal so I activated my card.

  11. Martin Killington

    Chase has lately been adamant that if you have *ever* owned a given product (i.e. CC) in the past, you cannot qualify again for a bonus. If people have specific personal experience to the contrary, I’d love to hear it, as it’s been about two years since I last owned their United Explorer card.

  12. I’d also like to know if Chase has a “never again” policy, since I have so many of their cards. I cancelled my Explorer card last April, thinking I could wait a year and qualify for another bonus. I thought I could get this 50,000 bonus with a business card, but nope!

  13. I applied for Explorer in July 2012 and gor the 55000 bonus points posted to my account on 8/17/2012. Can I apply on 8/18/2014 to get 55000 points again? Will this be considered as 24 months? The language is a bit confusing as follows.

    “This new card member bonus offer is not available to previous cardmembers of this consumer credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this consumer credit card within the last 24 months.”

  14. Update: Right after my call to Chase, I checked again the offer for the Business card, and Voilá! It is now available for 50,000 bonus points. For me this only worked from Darius’ original offer, bottom of the page on the right. Not the one offering the $50 credit–didn’t even see business cards offered on that page. But maybe you’ll have a different experience.

  15. Can someone explain to me what perks you get with Elite qualifying miles? Is no-baggage fees one of the perks? Do I have to let the miles accumulate and STAY there to qualify for these? Do they disappear yearly? I keep using my miles for award tickets; I don’t do enough travel to maintain high points after that. Am wondering if I’m playing this as well as possible.

  16. If I already applied for this card and received points for it in the past but cancelled the card. Am I still qualify for the 50k points?

    • The terms suggest that you won’t get the bonus if it hasn’t been 24 months since you last got it. But I have no recent personal experience.

      @Rachel – It should be available (click business at the top of the application)

      @Landon – LOL!

      @Jay – Can’t say for sure, but if you have no other applications, that should be fine.

      @Jonnie W – Elite status usually isn’t worth it unless you fly very frequently. You get a free bag with the card!

  17. Thnank you so much for the link, my wife applied and got the 55K offer without any problem!

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  19. I sent a SM to Chase requesting for matching the offer but they only honored the 50k miles, not the $50 statement credit.

  20. Like it seems many others, I previously had this card — back in February 2012 I was awarded the bonus miles and cancelled the card in January 2013. It’s been 30 months since the miles posted though only 19 months since I cancelled the card.

    Has anyone applied for this offer who has a similar story and did you get approved?

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  23. I took the plunge, applied for this card and got approved. When I activate the card I’ll confirm the promotion and let folks know. I’m the same Mark as above.

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  28. HI!
    My name is Pedro Alva, I got the Credit card PlusExplorer, I spent 2000$ , but I don’t see any 50,000 miles in my account , what happened?, and the 50$ for opening the account..


    Pedro Alva DG625828

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