Positive Changes Coming to the Chase United Airlines Card

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Positive Changes Coming to the Chase United Airlines Card

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Jason:   As of June 1, 2018, Chase will be replacing the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card with a similarly named card, the United Explorer Card.  I love Chase for the travel rewards cards, not their creativity in naming them. 😉

If you currently have the card or get it before June 1, 2018, you will be automatically switched over the new card on that date.

Positive Changes Coming To The_Chase United Airlines Card
New Perks Like a Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check Credit Are a Nice Improvement for This Card!

The new version will be adding these perks:

  • 2 United Airlines miles per $1 spent on dining and hotels (it will continue to earn 2X United Airlines miles on United Airlines purchases)
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit (up to $100)
  • 25% off in-flight United Airlines purchases (Wi-Fi, drinks, food, etc.)

With these updates the card will also be losing the following benefits:

  • 10,000 United Airlines mile bonus after spending $25,000
  • Trip cancellation coverage will be reduced (not sure exactly what this will look like yet)
  • Price protection & return protection

The other benefits for the cards will remain the same.  So you’ll still get priority boarding, free checked bags (when paying with the card), 2 free United Club passes annually, and increased award availability.

I’m looking forward to getting this card later this year because the United Airlines Silver Status I have from being a Starwood Platinum will be expiring.  And I don’t want to lose access to those extra award seats!

Personally I’m excited about these changes because I’ve been wanting to get Global Entry and that credit will more than make up for the $95 annual fee!  The extra 2X bonus categories (dining & hotels) are nice.  But if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve card, you’re better off using those cards for the same purchases.  Because you’ll between 2X and 3X (excluding the $300 travel credit on the Sapphire Reserve) Chase Ultimate Rewards points, and be able to transfer those points to United Airlines or any other Chase travel partner at a 1:1 ratio.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

  • Earn 50K bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named "Best Premium Travel Credit Card" for 2018 by MONEY® Magazine
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. $0 foreign transaction fees.
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select
  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®

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No way in the world that this can be seen as positive. You guys must be on the Chase payroll. The loss of 25/10 is enormous.

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If you really value the extra 10,000 United Airlines miles that’s a blow. And if you already have a Global Entry credit on another credit card there isn’t as much value there for sure.

But I know this card will become more useful to me. And I suspect for most other folks as well.

If you are putting $25k on THIS card for the 10K PQD you’re already off track. I’m sure it’s being dropped because prob 5% of all owners bother to put that much spend on it…Club Card might be a better fit. You could earn that much in two cheap domestic business tickets. For the majority of cardholders these are all positive changes to align the cardbetter with its competitors.

Already have Sapphires Reserve for three times dining and travel. Could care less about PQD which I don’t think comes with this card, maybe I’m wrong. Already have four cards with Global Entry benefit. So for me nothing positive added. Did get a letter today saying that because of the mid year switcheroo would get additional 4,000 UA miles for spend between $10,000 and $24,999.

Is there any word when the Global Entry credit will be available? Will it be at card member anniversary. I opened my account in Aug 2017 and have been thinking about closing it before paying the annual fee.

Most likely anytime AFTER June 1st. It will likely be a once per 4-5-year benefit but once it’s in place it’s free range on when you use it just like other competing card offers.

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We don’t have all the details yet, but I agree with NJturtlePower. Wait until after June 1 to pay for Global Entry and those credits usually only apply every 4 to 5 years.