Reader Tips: 50,000 point Sapphire Preffered and 60,000 mile United Explorer links

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Reader Tips:  50,000 point Sapphire Preffered and 60,000 mile United Explorer links

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Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.

Million Mile Secrets readers have written in with links to two offers which aren’t easily available publicly.

1.   Chase Sapphire Preferred.   On Wednesday, I shared that a reader was unable to find the 50,000 point offer on the Chase website and that this was an indication that the 50,000 points offer was going to reduce to 40,000 points.  I also noted that the 50,000 point offer was still available using my affiliate links (Emily & I are always grateful to readers who use our link).

Well, readers have written in (& Delta Points tweeted me) with a link to the 50,000 point Chase Sapphire Preferred from the Chase website.  I’m not sure what’s going on, but Chase is advertising different bonuses for the Chase Sapphire Preferred on their own website – 1 for 40,000 points and another for 50,000 points.

Since I wasn’t smart enough to find out how to get to the 50,000 point offer on the Chase website myself, I thought it worthwhile to post the link above (even though it doesn’t earn me a referral).

As always, Jared at Online Travel Review, puts this in the right perspective:

It’s 10,000 points – I know we’re all trying to maximize our frequent flyer miles, but we should be doing that within reason. We’re all going to miss out on deals here or there. Or we’ll chose to forgo a few points because long-term it’s a smarter move. Don’t worry about it.

You can buy 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points for $250, so that is the maximum potential loss if you were to sign up for the 40,000 point offer instead of the 50,000 version.   Worse things have happened.    As Jared points out, we’re all (that includes me!) going to miss out on a few points here and there.  For example, I still haven’t applied for the United Explorer with the 60,000 mile bonus and it may not be around in 3 months when I next apply for credit cards.

My referral link still offers the 50,000 point sign-up bonus as well (I’m guessing until the end of this month or early April, but that’s just a guess), and I’m always grateful to readers who sign-up using the link on the blog.

I signed up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred on Thursday (couldn’t risk being the only blogger without one!) and called the reconsideration line who approved me after I volunteered to close my 7 month old Southwest card.

2.   United Explorer 60,000 Miles.   Over 2 months ago, I wrote that you may be able to get a targeted version of the United Explorer card with a 60,000 mile bonus of which 50,000 miles were after the 1st purchase.  You just needed a few miles in your United account to see the 60,000 mile offer!

This is a great deal because not only is it much better than the regular offer of 40,000 miles for the United Explorer, but also because you get 50,000 United miles after the 1st purchase (i.e no minimum spending needed to get the bonus).

And judging by the 177 comments, many readers find it a great deal as well!  However, folks have been unable to access the 60,000 offer lately.

Million Mile Secrets reader AK (thanks!) sends in a link from a targeted email which goes to the United 60,000 offer after you log into your United account.  If you do decide to use this link, please remember to take a screenshot.  I’ve also updated my earlier post with this link.

In case you’re wondering, I don’t get a commission for the targeted United 60,000 offer, but this version is much better than the 40,000 mile version which does pay a commission.

Bottom Line:  Thanks to the many Million Mile Secrets readers who write in with questions, comments, and links to better credit card offers!

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United mileage explorer 65k is still working. I just got the link and applied.

https://www.theexplorercard.com/MPYoureIn65kAFW.aspx

Is the 60K United offer dead?

I log into my United account –> products + services -> credit card -> get the 40K offer only.

Thanks.

The 50k Saphire is not working.

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@Tom405 – The 50K sapphire is no longer working. The best offer is to the 40K version in the Hot Deals tab.

nsx at FlyerTalk

@Cynthie, nobody on FlyerTalk has reported anything other than success with Marriott points and credit card bonuses counting toward Companion Pass. Sapphire points are the only major exclusion at this time, although I won’t be surprised if things change somewhat at the end of this year.

I expect most credit card bonuses to continue to count toward Companion Pass since Southwest like other airlines needs the revenue from banks. But the number of points needed might increase or there might be a minimum flight count added.

In my opinion Southwest points are worth MORE than cash because you get full re-usability on canceled bookings. Unlike cash, the points are not locked to one passenger name.

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Million Mile Secrets

@nsx at FlyerTalk – Thanks for sharing and for helping out! And congrats on your new card.

nsx at FlyerTalk

Darius, your earlier post

https://millionmilesecrets.com/2011/08/15/credit-card-reconsideration/

on calling for reconsideration is pure gold! I asked to split off half of an excessively high credit line from a relatively new card and I was approved in no time!

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