United℠ Explorer Card

United℠ Explorer Card

on Chase's website

United℠ Explorer Card

United℠ Explorer Card

United℠ Explorer Card

on Chase's website

Card details

  • Earn 60,000 Bonus Miles

  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95

  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel stays

  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck™ Fee Credit

  • 25% back on United inflight purchases

  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $140 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket

  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases

  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and eligible delivery services including GrubHub, Caviar, Seamless and DoorDash

Rates, fees & offers

  • Annual fee

    $0 intro for the first year, then $95

  • Rewards rate

    1x-2x

  • Bonus offer

    60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open

  • Intro APR

    N/A

  • Ongoing APR

    APR: 16.49% - 23.49% Variable APR

    Cash Advance APR: 24.99%, Variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.

  • Foreign transaction fee

    None

Recommended credit score

Compare to other cards

Chase United Airlines Mileage Plus Credit Card

United℠ Explorer Card

Annual Fee

$0 intro for the first year, then $95

Annual Fee

$95

Annual Fee

$0

Regular APR

16.49% - 23.49% Variable APR

Regular APR

13.99% - 23.99% Variable APR

Rates & Fees

Regular APR

14.99% - 23.74% Variable APR

Intro APR

N/A

Intro APR

0% intro APR on Purchases for 12 months

Intro APR

0% intro APR on Purchases for 15 months

Recommended Credit Score
Recommended Credit Score
Recommended Credit Score

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NerdWallet review

By Erin El Issa

Rating details

5

Editor's overall rating

Pros and cons

Pros
  • Free checked bag and priority boarding

  • Two United Club passes annually

  • Primary rental car coverage

Cons
  • Has annual fee

  • Checked bag fee waived for fewer traveling partners than competitors

United fliers, rejoice — the United℠ Explorer Card is a fantastic card to rack up the miles on your airfare and redeem them for free flights. It offers 2 MileagePlus miles per dollar spent on purchases from United; 2 miles per dollar spent on restaurant purchases and hotel stays; and 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases.

There's also a sign-up bonus: 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Miles can be used on any United flight, as well as flights on any of the other Star Alliance airlines. The United℠ Explorer Card boasts great United perks for cardholders, including a free checked bag for you and a traveling companion, priority boarding and two free United Club passes per year.

The United℠ Explorer Card has an annual fee of $0 intro for the first year, then $95, and no foreign transaction fees. The free checked bags could save you up to $120 per round trip, making up for the card's annual fee. This card is best for regular United fliers who check bags; otherwise, you're probably better off with a general travel card.

Want to learn more? Check out our full review of the United℠ Explorer Card for additional details.