United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

on Chase's secure website
on Chase's secure website

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

on Chase's secure website
on Chase's secure website

Card details

  • 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club℠ with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn

APR, Variable

APR: 16.99% - 23.99% Variable APR

Cash Advance APR: 25.99%, Variable

Pros

  • Free checked bag and priority boarding
  • Two United Club passes annually
  • Bonus miles when you spend $25,000 in a year
  • Miles don't expire as long as you're a cardholder

Cons

  • Has annual fee
  • Checked bag fee waived for fewer traveling partners than competitors
  • Best for frequent United flyers only

Rewards rate

1 mile per dollar

Annual fee

$0 for the first year, then $95

Intro APR

N/A

Recommended credit score

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NerdWallet Review

Author: Erin El Issa

United fliers, rejoice — the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card is a fantastic card to rack up the miles on your airfare and redeem them for free flights. It offers 2X miles on United ticket purchases and 1 mile per dollar spent on everything else. There's also a sign-up bonus: Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 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 MileagePlus® Explorer Card boasts great United perks for cardholders, including a free checked bag for you and a traveling companion, a 10,000-mile bonus each year you spend $25,000, priority boarding and two free United Club passes per year.

The United MileagePlus® Explorer Card has an annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $95, and no foreign transaction fees. The free checked bags could save you up to $100 per roundtrip, 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 MileagePlus® Explorer Card for additional details.

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