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For folks considering the limited time offer for the Chase United Explorer card, the promotion ends in 1 week, on September 2, 2014. You can earn 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the 1st 3 months.
And you’ll get 5,000 more United Airlines miles if you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the 1st 3 months.
Usually the sign-up bonus on this card is 30,000 miles.
Note: There is a better offer with a $50 statement credit that is also ending. But not everyone may be able to see this offer.
What You Get & Where You Can Go
Link: Chase United Explorer Card
I wrote a detailed review of the Chase United Explorer 50,000 mile offer earlier in the month, but here are some of the most important parts of this deal.
With this card, you get:
- 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the 1st 3 months
- 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
- 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
When traveling outside of the US, it’s best to use a credit card that doesn’t have foreign transaction fees, which can be ~3%. So the Chase United Explorer card would be a good card to bring with you.
But the biggest benefits of this card are the free checked bag, priority boarding and the 2 lounge passes. And the annual fee is waived for the 1st year so you can take your time evaluating it before deciding whether or not to renew it.
And when you have a Chase United Explorer card, you’ll see more award seats available for booking than folks who don’t have the card.
For Big Spenders, you’ll get 10,000 bonus miles after you put $25,000 on the card in 1 year, or a total of 35,000 miles for spending $25,000. That’s like earning 1.4 miles for every $1 you spend (35,000 miles / $25,000 spent).
And if you spend at least $25,000 in a calendar year on the card, United Airlines will waive the Premier Qualifying Dollars requirement to earn elite status. So you will only have to earn the miles required for a status level (with the exception of their top-tier Premier 1K status), and not meet a minimum spending requirement.
With 50,000 United Airlines miles from the sign-up bonus, you can get
- 2 round-trip coach tickets within the US (except Hawaii) and Canada (25,000 miles each)
- 2 1-way coach 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)
And if you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the 1st 3 months, you’ll get another 5,000 United Airlines miles.
So after meeting the minimum spending requirement you’d have 57,000 United Airlines miles (50,000 United Airlines miles from the sign-up bonus + 5,000 United Airlines miles for adding an authorized user + 2,000 United Airlines miles for spending the required $2,000 in the 1st 3 months.)
That would put you just 3,000 United Airlines miles shy of a round-trip coach ticket to Europe! Or just 500 United Airlines miles short of a 1-way trip to Europe in Business Class!
One way to get the remaining United Airlines miles for your flight is to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from your Chase Sapphire Preferred, (no longer offered) Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus cards to United Airlines instantly at a 1:1 ratio.
The limited time offer for the Chase United Explorer card with the 50,000 miles sign-up bonus ends next week, September 2, 2014. You get the 50,000 United Airlines miles after spending $2,000 in the 1st 3 months. It’s a good deal because usually this card has a 30,000 mile sign-up bonus.
Adding an authorized user and making a purchase gets you another 5,000 United Airlines miles.
The better offer with a $50 statement credit (that’s not my affiliate link) is also ending September 2, 2014.
You could use your new United Airlines miles for flights such as 2 round-trip tickets within the US and Canada, or two 1-way tickets to Hawaii.
Or you can spend more on the card or transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to your United Airlines account to get the remaining miles for a round-trip award flight to Europe.