Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card: 50,000 Bonus Miles Review

United Mileage Plus Explorer CardLimited-time offer is back. The United MileagePlus® Explorer Card is now offering 50,000 United miles after spending $3,000 in 3 months, plus 5,000 more miles for adding an authorized user and making a purchase on that additional card.

This 50k bonus is a limited-time offer until 6/2; the standard bonus is 30,000 miles. You may also get an offer with an additional $50 statement credit by going to, running a search for any flight, and looking for a banner. There is no direct link available.

Here are the highlights for the United Mileage Plus Explorer Card:

  • LIMITED TIME OFFER: Start with 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
  • Check your first bag for free – save up to $100 per roundtrip. Good for you and a companion.
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn double miles on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Your miles don’t expire as long as you’re a Cardmember, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United flight
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95

All in all, a good card for regular United fliers with the free bags and priority boarding. Every year you spend $25,000 in purchases using your United MileagePlus Explorer Card, you’ll earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles. That means at 25k of spending, you’ll be getting 1.4 miles per dollar on all purchases.

Adding an authorized user is free of charge, so no reason not to get that addition 5,000 miles.

Keep in mind the following terms and conditions:

This new cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this consumer credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this consumer credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this consumer credit card within the last 24 months.

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  1. Thanks for the heads-up. Definitely considering this card!

  2. Can you remind me if these points can be redeemed for gift cards or cash?

    • United miles can be redeemed for gift cards, but the redemption rates aren’t very good as compared to redeeming for flights. I believe it would take 17,500 United miles to get a $100 gift card at

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