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

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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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.

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?

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.

thanks

debbie

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@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.

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.

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Million Mile Secrets

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

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?

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Million Mile Secrets

@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.

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