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It’s easy to save hundreds each year with these Chase United Explorer credit card benefits and perks – we’ll show you how

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It’s easy to save hundreds each year with these Chase United Explorer credit card benefits and perks – we’ll show you how

Joseph HostetlerIt’s easy to save hundreds each year with these Chase United Explorer credit card benefits and perks – we’ll show you howMillion Mile Secrets Team

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For a limited time, the United℠ Explorer Card comes with up to 65,000 United Airlines miles after meeting tiered spending requirements. Once you include the miles you’ll earn from meeting the minimum spending, you’ll have more than enough for a one-way business class flight to Europe on United’s partner airlines like Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. It’s even enough for a round-trip coach flight to Japan on partner airline ANA.

Of course, when it comes to applying for a credit card, it’s always helpful to look at what you’re getting beyond just a big sign-up bonus. And some of the extra Chase United Explorer credit card benefits are unique. I’ll break them down for you here.

Fly in business class to the Dolomites in Italy, just by earning the sign-up bonus on one credit card. (Photo by TTstudio/Shutterstock)

Chase United Explorer credit card benefits

When you open the Chase United Explorer, you’ll earn:

  • 40,000 United Airlines miles after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening
  • 25,000 United Airlines miles after spending $10,000 on purchases in the first six months of account opening

There’s a $95 annual fee with this card, but it’s waived the first year.

With a bonus like that, you could book a one-way business class flight to Europe on United’s partner airlines, like Lufthansa.

A business class seat on Lufthansa can cost thousands of dollars. (Photo by Emily McNutt)

Here’s a look at the card’s benefits and perks. Considering the value of certain benefits (think free checked bags, car rental insurance, Global Entry credit, and lounge access!) it’s easy to see how you can save hundreds with this card.

Earn United Airlines miles

With the United Explorer card, you’ll earn:

  • 2 United Airlines miles per dollar you spend on purchases from United Airlines
  • 2 United Airlines miles per dollar spent at restaurants and hotels when you book directly
  • 1 United Airlines mile per dollar you spend on everything else

Access to more United Airlines saver award seats

This is one of my favorite card perks! United Airlines offers you more Saver award seats when you have one of their credit cards – including the United Explorer card. And you’ll also have the option to book any open seat on a United Airlines flight at the Everyday (standard) award price if there are no open Saver award seats.

It’s hard to put a dollar value on this perk, but it can be invaluable if you don’t have a flexible schedule and need to travel on specific dates. The problem is, we don’t have a clear idea of what this perk will look like going forward. What will Saver awards cost after November 15, 2019, when United’s old award chart is gone for good? And how expensive will the last available seat be?

Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fee credit

With the United Explorer card, you’ll get a credit up to $100 every four years for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, which allows you speed through airport security.

If you are approved for Global Entry, you’ll not only get expedited through US customs faster when you return from overseas, but you’ll also get TSA PreCheck!

Free checked bag

When you use your Chase United Explorer card to purchase a United Airlines flight (or pay the taxes and fees on your award ticket), you’ll get one free checked bag for yourself and a companion traveling with you. United Airlines charges $30 each way for a checked bag, so on a round-trip itinerary for two, that’s $120 in savings! If you and a friend or loved one fly together at least three times each year, that’ll save you at least $360 annually.

This perk works a bit differently than with other co-branded credit cards in that you need to pay for the flight with the card in order to get the benefit. You’ll also need to be sure to include your United Airlines frequent flyer number on your reservation.

Note: You’ll only get a free checked bag on United Airlines and United Express operated flights, not partner flights.

If you reserve business class seats on partner airlines like ANA, you won’t have to worry about being charged for checked bags anyway. (Photo by Zach Honig)

Two United Club Lounge one-time passes per year

Each year when you renew your United Explorer card, you’ll get 2 United Club Lounge (one-time) passes. This is a nice perk because these lounges aren’t available with a Priority Pass airport lounge membership and one-day passes are usually $59 each, meaning you’ll receive a value of $118 per year with this benefit alone.

Airport lounges are a great place to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the airport.

You must fly United Airlines or one of its partners to access United Club lounges.

Priority Boarding

If you’re tired of fighting to get overhead bin space near your seat, you’ll be happy to take advantage of the United Explorer Card’s priority boarding perk. With this benefit, you’ll board just before general boarding so you can be one of the first to nab overhead bin space.

25% off eligible in-flight purchases

When you’re flying with United Airlines and you pay for in-flight food, drinks or Wi-Fi with your United Explorer, you’ll get 25% off as a statement credit. Given how expensive airplane food can be this benefit should help take the edge off.

Primary rental car insurance

You’ll get primary rental car insurance for most car rentals under 31 days when you charge the entire amount of the rental to your United Explorer card. Certain types of vehicles aren’t eligible for this coverage, like antique automobiles, certain vans, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, motorbikes, limousines and recreational vehicles.

This benefit can be valuable because the collision damage waivers that rental car companies offer can cost up to $20 per day. So, for example, on a three-day long weekend rental, your United Explorer card could potentially save you $60 or more.

Purchase protection

New purchases made to your card are covered for 120 days against damage or theft, up to $10,000 per claim and $50,000 per year. Certain purchases aren’t covered by this benefit including animals, cars, antiques, collectibles and computer software.

Extended warranty

Manufacturer’s warranties get an additional year added, on eligible warranties of three years or less. You’ll be covered up to $10,000 per claim and $50,000 per year. The coverage is secondary to any insurance you purchased or received for the item.

You must pay for at least part of the item with your United Explorer card to get this benefit.

Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance

This insurance reimburses you up to $1,500 per eligible traveler if something extreme (like sudden sickness or a tropical storm) prevents you or your immediate family from taking a trip you paid for, at least in part, with your United Explorer card. You can get up to a maximum of $6,000 per trip reimbursed.

Trip Delay Insurance

When your travel is delayed 12 hours or more or requires an overnight stay, you and your family are covered for unreimbursed reasonable expenses, like meals and lodging, up to $500 per ticket purchased (in full or in part) with your United Explorer card.

Thanks to trip delay insurance, I’ve been reimbursed for a rental car I needed because of a delay. (Photo by Jason Stauffer/Million Mile Secrets)

This coverage will reimburse you for expenses you incur as a result of the delay. Thanks to this coverage I’ve been reimbursed for Uber rides, a rental car, food, a hotel stay and toiletries.

Lost Luggage Protection

This benefit will reimburse you and immediate family members for loss, theft or damage of checked luggage and its contents up to $3,000 per passenger.

To be eligible for this coverage, you’ll need to report the loss to the travel carrier (i.e. airline, cruise line, train, etc.) immediately and have charged at least a portion of your ticket to your United Explorer card.

Baggage Delay Insurance

If your baggage is delayed by six hours or more, you can get reimbursed up to $100 a day for three days. Eligible expenses include things like toiletries, clothing and other essentials.

To qualify for this benefit you will need to pay at least a portion of your trip with your United Explorer card.

Earn 25% more United Airlines miles with the MileagePlus X app

The MileagePlus X app lets you earn extra United Airlines miles when buying gift cards, eating out, or shopping online with all sorts of retailers.

If you haven’t downloaded it, definitely take a look. You’ll get 25% bonus miles when purchasing gift cards through the app if you hold the United Explorer card.

No foreign transaction fees

Want to use your United Explorer card when you’re out of the country? No problem!

Because it has no foreign transaction fees, you also won’t get hit with an unexpected fee when you make purchases online in a foreign currency. So you won’t get docked for paying for accommodations or tours in advance if you accidentally pay in a foreign currency.

Bottom line

Just a handful of the United Explorer card’s perks can save you hundreds! Free checked bags for two people will save you $120 per round-trip; the Global Entry credit is another $100 in savings; primary car rental insurance can easily save you $20 per day; and you can add all of that to the $118 in savings from 2 one-time use lounge passes!

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United℠ Explorer Card

United℠ Explorer Card

  • Limited time offer! Earn up to 65,000 Bonus Miles.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel stays
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit
  • 25% back on United inflight purchases
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $120 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club℠ with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases

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I’ve been a United Explorer cardholder for years and have never received lounge passes. How does one request them? I have a 12hour layover coming up and need one

Hi Roger,

I’d start by reaching out to Chase to make sure they have everything correct on their end and to make sure you’re getting the full benefits as a cardmember. You can call them or even send them a Secure Message via your online Chase account.

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