United Explorer Raises Sign-Up Bonus to 50,000 miles

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Although out of commission for a while, Chase has now reintroduced the United Explorer Card, one of the great credit cards for travel, and added some great perks. Let’s take a look and see what’s new!

Sign Up Bonus Increased

Chase has increased the signup bonus fro 30,000 to 50,000 miles after you spend only $2,000 in the first 3 months that you have the card. Get another 5,000 miles simply by adding an authorized user in the first 3 months, too. This is a great bonus, one that adds up to nice rewards!

Great Potential for Earning Miles

Earn one mile for every dollar spent, with two miles earned for every dollar spent on United purchases. Additionally, you can get a bonus of 10,000 miles for spending $25,000 each year on purchases. For those who will use the card for everyday purchases, this means that by spending just over $2,000 per month, you will earn about 25,000 regular miles with a 10,000 mile bonus at the end of the year. This number of miles will get you a great vacation!

Annual Fee Waived for the First Year

This card does come with a fairly hefty annual fee of $95. Many think that the perks are well worth it, so they don’t mind paying the annual fee, especially since it is waived during the first year. Something to consider.

Explorer Perks

There are some nice additional perks for the United Explorer Card, including priority boarding for the cardholder and any companions traveling under the same reservations. You will also get two United Club passes during each calendar year, making your time stuck in the airport a little more enjoyable.

If you used your United Explorer card to purchase your flights, you will enjoy a free first bag checked. If you have been traveling a lot lately, you realize that this is a great perk, since baggage fees have skyrocketed.


While the miles you can earn are terrific with this card, earning only one mile per dollar spent on all purchases does make it take longer than other cards to build up. Yes, you do get two points for all United purchases, but it’s not likely that this will be your biggest category. What that means is, this might not be the best card for daily spending.

For long term rewards, you might be better off opting for a card that offers a higher earning potential on certain categories, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, or on all spending, like the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®. That said, the United Explorer is not a bad card, and the potential 55,000 miles certainly isn’t something to sneeze at. If you are interested, remember that this is a limited time offer and you should act quickly if you want to get in on this deal!

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