Advertiser Disclosure

United Business Card Sign-Up Bonus Jumps to 100,000 Miles

Aug. 14, 2019
Travel, Travel Credit Cards
Many or all of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This may influence which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Our opinions are our own.

This page may be out of date

This page includes information about one or more products not currently available on NerdWallet.

  • United℠ Business Card
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card

As a result, offers described on this page may be out of date. See our best credit cards page for updated offers.

» This offer has expired

The limited-time offer described in this article expired. See our details page on the United℠ Business Card for the current offer.

 

You don’t see an airline credit card’s bonus offer this high every day. The United℠ Business Card’s latest offer doubles the amount of miles you could earn after qualifying purchases.

The current promotion is pretty substantial. The issuer, Chase, phrases it this way: “60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.” That’s up from the previous offer of 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. This boosted offer ends Oct. 11, 2019.

The annual fee has also changed to $0 intro for the first year, then $99. Previously, the annual fee was $0 for the first year, then $95, but now you’ll have to start paying the annual fee upfront.

You’ll also earn:

  • 2 miles per $1 at gas stations, office supply stores and restaurants.
  • 2 miles per $1 spent on United purchases.
  • 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases.

The United℠ Business Card comes with other perks as well, including:

  • Free first checked bag for you and a travel companion, which could save you up to $120 round-trip.
  • Two one-time United Club passes each year, worth over $100 in value. (Starting Nov. 1, you can’t use these passes unless you’re flying United.)
  • Employee cards at no additional cost, and miles earned from their purchases accrue in your account.
  • No foreign transaction fees.

» Learn more: United℠ Business Card: Richer rewards, perks you’ll actually use

The bottom line

If you’re in the market for a miles-earning business card and you fly United often, this could be an opportune time to sign up — especially if you’re able to meet the hefty spending requirement to earn the full bonus.

This bonus offer tops many other airline credit cards, which usually offer around 40,000 to 60,000 bonus miles. Southwest is one exception with the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card’s bonus: Earn 70,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, earn an additional 30,000 points after you spend $25,000 on purchases in the first 6 months. NerdWallet values Southwest miles at 1.7 cents each, meaning the bonus is worth roughly $1,360 worth of award travel.

Meanwhile, United MileagePlus miles are worth 1.3 cents on average, meaning the 100,000 bonus miles translates to about $1,300 of award travel. However, note that it will soon get harder to predict what you can do with your miles, as United is nixing its award chart for flights departing after Nov. 15.

How to maximize your rewards

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2020, including those best for:

Planning a trip? Check out these articles for more inspiration and advice:
Find the best travel credit card for you
United Airlines MileagePlus program: The complete guide
How to get started with frequent flyer programs

About the author