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1. United Club Card With No Annual Fee
Million Mile Secrets reader Byron (thanks!) writes in with a tip on how to get the new United Club card with the $395 annual fee waived for the 1st year if you’re a United elite member.
Chase recently launched the Chase United Club card which offers free access to United lounges, no checked baggage fees for the first AND second bag, United Premier Access, and 1.5 miles per $1 spent on all purchases.
However, the card doesn’t have a sign-up bonus (what?!) and has a $395 annual fee. You do get a $95 credit, so the 1st year cost is only $300. You can also buy club access from United for $475 if you’re not an elite member or for $375 to $450 depending on your elite status.
I’m also kinda cheap and would rather get 12 lounge passes for ~$50, so I wouldn’t sign up for this card, but this card may be very useful to folks who are Big Spenders and who can take advantage of the 1.5 United miles per $1 spent. Or for those of you who frequently travel with 2 checked bags.
Of course, you save the full cost of the lounge membership in the 1st year, so this card could make sense for the 1st year.
Anyway, if you’re a United elite member you can get the card with the 1st year annual fee waived by:
Logging into your United account.
Clicking on this link to the fee-free version of the card.
Click on “Pricing and Terms” to confirm that the 1st year fee is waived.
Not a United Elite?
Folks in this FlyerTalk thread (thanks vilox!) have also pointed out that there might be a way to get the United Club card with the 1st year fee waived even if you’re not an United elite member.
You may be able to stop by a United Club at the airport and get an invitation code from the marketing materials advertising the credit card in the United lounge and respond to this offer for a 1st year fee waived version of the United Club card.
2. United Explorer Card with 60,000 miles AND $50 statement credit
Million Mile Secrets readers T and Jay (thanks!), shared a link to get to the 60,000 mile version of the United Explorer credit card WITH a $50 statement credit as well.
I added their link to my earlier post on the United 60,000 mile post.
You have to first log into your United account (with more than 1 mile in it), and THEN click on the link to see the United 60,000 mile offer with the $50 statement credit.
If you still can’t see the offer, you may be able to apply for the 40,000 version and then ask Chase to match you to the higher offer. While Chase will match you to the 60,000 mile version, I’ve read mixed success with asking for the $50 statement credit. But, as always, it doesn’t hurt to ask!
3. Chase Freedom $300
Thanks to amolkold for tweeting me with a link to the Chase Freedom $300 (or 30,000 Ultimate Rewards Points) offer. As always, I updated the Bank Points Credit Card tab as soon as I found out about the better offer.
Bottom Line: If you do decide to apply for any of these cards, don’t forget to take a screenshot.