United Mileage Plus Explorer Card

by James Andrew Scott on August 14, 2015

in Chase, MileagePlus, United Airlines, Visa Signature

Review of the United Airlines Mileage Plus Explorer Card

In a recent study, United recently ranked high in award seat availability with 87.1% of flights found to have standard award seat availability. With this card you can do even better. Explorer cardholders have unrestricted access (100% of all flights) to standard award seats.  If there’s a seat for sale, you can redeem it with your miles (a benefit reserved for Premier members and United card holders).

With the United MileagePlus Explorer Card, you will receive 30,000 bonus miles upon spending $1,000 within the first 3 months your account is open.  You can also receive 5,000 more bonus miles for adding another authorized user within the first 3  months.

As an Explorer cardholder, you will earn 2 miles per dollar spent on United and 1 mile per dollar spent on everything else.  You also are entitled to priority boarding (zone 4) and one free checked bag for you and a companion on the same reservation.

The United Airlines MileagePlus Explorer Card also provides 2 free United Club day passes every year (worth $100). So if you visit the United Club free twice, the annual fee ($95, but waived in the first year) is essentially a wash with $5 in your pocket.

Best Features of the United MileagePlus Explorer Card:

  • 30,000 bonus miles after your spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Check your first bag for free – save up to $100 per roundtrip
  • Earn double miles on United ticket purchases, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges
  • Visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United flight
  • Your miles dont expire as long as you’re a cardmember, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Chip-enabled card provides added security.

United 787 Dreamliner

Bonus Miles:

  • 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within the first three months as a cardholder.
  • 5,000 bonus miles for adding an authorized user to your account within 3 months of account opening.
  • 10,000 bonus miles each year after accumulating $25,000 in purchases within a calendar year.


  • Annual: Waived for first year, $95 thereafter.
  • Foreign transaction fee:      None


  • First checked bag is free for and a companion on the same reservation.
  • 2 free United Club passes every year ($100 value).
  • Priority Boarding.
  • All cardholders receive special benefits and amenities at more than 700 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas when you use your MileagePlus Explorer Card.  Benefits include free room upgrades (where available), free breakfast for two, priority check-in and late check-out, and a special benefit unique to every property (which could include lunch or dinner for two, a spa treatment, a round of golf, or airport transfers).
  • Visa Signature Cardholder benefits, including 24/7 access to a concierge, 90 days purchase protection due to theft or vandalism (up to $500/claim), the Visa Signature Hotel Collection benefits, Year-End Summary Statements, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, and more.
  • Access to exclusive Chase events.

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