9 United Club Card Code Winners

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9 United Club Card Code Winners

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The 9 winners of the United Club card codes, which waives the $395 annual fee for the 1st year on the United Club card are:

  • Bobo
  • Carla
  • CanadianMillionMiler
  • Ed Dombrowski
  • George Smart
  • iahphx
  • laurent
  • Les Silber
  • sash

Please email me (daraius@millionmilesecrets.com) and I’ll get you your code!  You have to use the code by May 31, 2012.  Thanks again to Thala for generously donating 6 codes for readers!

If you’re a United elite, you can log-in to your United account and see if you get the offer with the 1st year fee waived.

If you’re not a United elite, but would still like a code to get the $395 fee waived for the 1st year, just stop by a United Club to get the free code (you don’t have to pay to enter if you just get the code and leave).  I stopped by on my way back from Frequent Traveler University and picked up 3 codes which I added to the 6 which Thala donated.

The regular offer for the United Club card offers a $95 statement credit (this is our referral link, and Emily & I are always grateful if you use it!), so you’ll still pay $300 for the card.

I wouldn’t apply for the United Club card since I’d rather get reimbursed for lounge passes via the Executives Privileges program, but this card is good for folks who regularly pay to check-in luggage on United, or who can spend lots of money on the card because you get 1.5 United miles per $1 on regular spending.

I’m still catching up on email and comments, so thanks for your patience!

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@Daraius: I realize that United is supposed to send me a check for the unused portion. But given the incredible efficiency of United recently, I’ll believe it when the check is in my hand. Not really worried, though.

Going through the documentation for the card, it seems that the following are the significant differences:

Things the club card offers not offered by Explorer.

0. Star Alliance lounge access

1. 2 checked bags free

2. No foreign transaction fees

3. Premier access check-in/security/boarding/baggage. I think explorer only gives slightly preferred check-in

4. 2-for-1 full-fare business

5. Hyatt Gold membership & Avis president’s club

6. 1.5 miles/$

7. Better access to award seats and no close-in booking fees

8. complimentary award ticket upgrades (after everyone with status, of course). Unclear if Explorer offers this

9. Travel insurance & emergency assistance just like Amex

10. Extended warranty/purchase protection/price protection/return protection just like Amex

So, the only thing the Explorer card gives you that the Club card does not is the big mileage bonus.

The 1.5/$ and no foreign transaction fees, along with lounge access are the big deals for me, along with the auto insurance.

I just got this card yesterday (fee waived 1st year!) and have been comparing it with my Explorer card. With the exception of the club membership/bonus trade-off the cards seem to be pretty much identical for all day-to-day use. Chase told me on the phone that the car rental insurance was secondary, but the literature with the card lists it as primary. Now to see if United figures out that I already have a club membership and refunds the rest of my year. 🙂

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@rob – Actually, you can and should get a refund for the unused portion of your United Club membership.

Speaking of United cards, I have the old MileagePlus Visa and got hit with the annual fee (my reminder to call them was a day late). It was $9.99 higher this year than last. Anyone else seen fees creep up? Is this recourse to call and get it waived, etc? Thanks

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@Nick – Some would say that the packaging is a bit much, but glad you’re enjoying the card!

@Jason – I don’t expect a sign-up bonus with this card because club (lounge) benefits, 2 free checked bags and other perks are supposed to compensate for the sign-on bonus.

@Matt MSP – I believe you can get the fee refunded if you cancel the card, but don’t know if they will reduce it otherwise.

Why do you think they don’t offer a mileage or points bonus with this card?

Congrats to the winners!

I have this card. The packaging that it comes in is very impressive, and the weight of the card makes vendors pause because of its heft.