United℠ Explorer Card

United℠ Explorer Card

on Chase's secure website

United℠ Explorer Card

United℠ Explorer Card

United℠ Explorer Card

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.

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

  • New! Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit

  • New! 25% back on United inflight purchases

  • 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

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

Rates, fees & offers

  • Annual fee

    $0 for the first year, then $95

  • Rewards rate

    1 mile per dollar

  • Bonus offer

    40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open

  • Intro APR

    N/A

  • Ongoing Apr

    APR: 17.74% - 24.74% Variable APR

    Cash Advance APR: 26.74%, Variable

  • Balance Transfer Fee

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

  • Foreign Transaction Fee

    None

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NerdWallet Review

By Erin El Issa

Rating Details

3.8

Editor's overall rating

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Free checked bag and priority boarding

  • Two United Club passes annually

  • 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

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: 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℠ 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 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.

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