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Million Mile Secrets reader Kay (thanks!) commented to let me know that the Chase United 60,000 mile credit card offer is now available to most folks!
Update: This offer is no longer working.
This is GREAT news, because you can get the 1st 50,000 United miles after spending $1,000 within 3 months
with the 1st year annual fee waived!
You get the remaining 10,000 miles after spending $25,000 within a calendar year which is a lot of spending, so I consider this as a card with a 55,000 mile sign-up bonus.
However, you may need to have a few United miles in your Mileage Plus (United’s frequent flyer program) account to get to see the 55,000 mile offer. If you don’t have United miles in your Mileage Plus account you may get the 30,000 mile offer instead.
Here’s how to get to the United 60,000 mile credit card offer.
1. What if I already have a previous United credit card?
Emily currently has the MileagePlus Visa card while I don’t. When I logged in to Emily’s MileagePlus account and clicked on the link above, I wasn’t able to see the United 60,000 mile offer.
However, when I pasted the link above into my browser I was able to get to the 60,000 mile offer after 2 tries.
2. I don’t have any United miles in my MileagePlus account?
I transferred miles from my United account to my Continental account and then tried accessing the United 60,000 mile credit card offer.
But I was only offered 40,000 miles when I had NO United miles in my Mileage Plus account.
If you don’t have any United miles, you could:
a. Link your Continental & United accounts and transfer miles from your Continental account to United for free.
b. Transfer miles from Chase Ultimate Rewards if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Chase Ink Bold.
As of now, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Reward points to anyone’s account!
c. Sign-up for the United dining program, spend $50 in a participating restaurant, and complete a survey to receive 1,000 bonus United miles
Please note that there have been few reports on FlyerTalk of folks who have NOT been able to access the 60,000 mile offer even though they have United miles in their account.
So transferring miles to your United account may or may not unlock the 60,000 mile offer. But it is worth a try!
3. What if none of the above steps work?
You could apply for the regular 30,000 mile United Explorer and send Chase a secure message asking for the 55,000 mile version along with the $50 statement credit. This may not work all the time, but if you’re targeted for the offer, they will let you know.
If you decide to apply
Take lots of screen shots (hopefully you won’t need them) and apply for the card!
But I do wish that I wasn’t limited to only 4 to 5 Chase personal cards a year!
Will I get the Bonus miles if I have/had a Chase United card?
In general, you can get the sign-on bonus once per card type for Chase credit cards.
However the terms and conditions of the United Explore card say:
“Previous and existing United Airlines cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer.”
I’m not sure if this will be enforced, but you should know about it before applying.
Read my previous post on the Chase United and Continental credit card strategy for more information on the credit cards.
50,000 United miles will get you 2 domestic tickets within the US or to Canada at the low mileage level. 60,000 United miles will get you a coach ticket to Europe or 100,000 miles will get you to Europe in business class using either United or other Star Alliance airlines.
In addition, you will get 1 free checked bag ($25 value) for up to 2 persons on the reservation, access to last minute seats (for double the amount of miles needed) and 2 free lounge passes after your 1st anniversary.
Bottom Line: There has been much speculation about a new and improved United offer. But 50,000 mile after your 1st purchase is the best offer for the Chase United credit card which I’ve seen!
Please comment if you were able to see the 60,000 mile offer and if you had miles in your United account.