Easy to Travel, Harder to Earn Rewards
This card has been easy to travel with but slightly harder to earn rewards with.
The United card has been great when I travel inside the US. I never need to notify the company when I am going to travel and my card always works in other cities. Plus, it was very easy to set up a pin number so that if I need to, I can use the card to retrieve cash. Before international travel it has been a little harder. I call the card company before traveling abroad and 75% of the time, they are on point and have my card ready to use internationally. The rest of the time, I end up getting a call from the company while I’m overseas to verify where I normally am. This is not to say that they don’t monitor my card usage. They do. When they find an errant transaction from another state where I have 0 other transactions I get a call promptly to verify my activity. That part of the card has been great!
When trying to earn rewards, it has been harder. Despite signing up for all sorts of double or triple the points and despite making large purchases, it seems to me that I am somehow incapable of earning enough miles for a single domestic flight between nearby hubs when I use the card for all of my gas, groceries, dining, and gifts purchases. If I purchase a few flights on the card per year I can sometimes earn enough for a single flight, but I would think that it should be easier to earn.