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INSIDER SECRET: One of the best perks of having a United Airlines credit card is that it gives you expanded award availability. You can use your miles to book seats that wouldn’t otherwise be available to you.
Through October 10, 2019, the United℠ Explorer Business Card has made a massive limited-time increase in its sign-up bonus which now stands at up to 100,000 United miles after meeting tiered minimum-spending requirements. This bonus is in line with the trend of bigger minimum-spending requirements spread over longer periods of time. Let’s take a look at the details.
Increased United Business Credit Card Offer
The full new bonus offer from 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
The card also comes with perks like:
- 2 United Airlines miles per $1 spent on United Airlines and at restaurants, gas stations, and office supply stores
- 1 United Airlines mile per $1 spent on everything else
- Free first checked bag – but you must use your card to pay for your ticket
- Priority boarding
- Two United Club lounge one-time passes per year of card membership
- 10,000 bonus United Airlines miles when you spend more than $25,000 on net purchases on the card each calendar year
- No foreign transaction fees
The United Explorer Business has a $95 annual fee.
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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