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You can still take advantage of the increased United℠ Explorer Business Card offer of up to 100,000 United miles after meeting tiered minimum-spending requirements. It appears that the increased sign-up bonus has been extended with no published end date.
While all United Airlines awards booked for travel after Nov. 15, 2019, are subject to dynamic pricing, United still remains a great option for booking Star Alliance awards because it doesn’t pass on carrier imposed surcharges on award tickets. That alone can save you $100s per ticket on a business-class flight to Europe and this bonus is more than enough to book a one-way partner business-class award to Europe because those prices have remained steady at 70,000 miles.
Increased United Business Credit Card Offer
The bonus offer for the United Business credit card is earned in two steps:
- 50,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months
- 50,000 more miles after spending an additional $20,000 ($25,000 in total) in the first six months of account opening
In addition to earning double miles on purchases made with United Airlines, the card also earns 2x United miles at restaurants, gas stations and office supply stores. You’ll also get two, one-time United Club lounge passes every cardmember year, priority boarding and a free checked bag (for you and a companion) on United Airlines flights when you pay with your card. I appreciate the lounge passes because there aren’t any Priority Pass lounges in my home airports domestic terminals, so they come in handy, even though starting Nov. 1, 2019, you’ll only be able enter United Club lounges when you’re traveling with United.
The United Explorer Business card has a $95 annual fee, but having any United Airlines credit card is great for the occasional United flyer because so many of the cards’ perks mimic some very useful United Airlines elite status benefits. In addition to priority boarding and a free checked bag for you and a companion (when you pay with your United card), you’ll also have access to more award seats than members who don’t have United Airlines elite status or a United Airlines credit card. That can be a lifesaver when your travel dates aren’t flexible.
Having a United card like the United Explorer Business card is also essential for United Airlines elite-status members because when you combine elite status with a United card, you are eligible for Complimentary Premier Upgrades on award flights. Keep in mind that upgrades on award flights are prioritized after the lowest paid-fare class.
This fall United Airlines is getting rid of its award chart and award flights will be priced dynamically. This is a double-edged sword. Award flights for popular routes or dates are likely to end up being more expensive, but on the other hand, we’re already seeing United airlines awards for as little as 5,000 miles one-way. Also, as of now, the prices for United Airlines partner awards won’t be subject to dynamic pricing and one of the best uses of United Airlines miles is to book partner awards because fuel surcharges won’t be added.
In order to qualify for this card you will need to be under Chase’s 5/24 limit, but because Chase doesn’t report small business cards to your personal credit report the United Business credit card won’t add to your 5/24 count.
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