Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card 55K and $50 Credit Thoughts

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If you don’t have the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer credit card yet, I recommend getting it as soon as possible. The 55K offer and $50 statement credit is the best offer for this credit card that we’ve seen.  I already have this credit card, but I would recommend getting this card before getting more popular credit cards because the limited offer will end on September 2.

Chase United MileagePlus Explorer credit card details:

  • 50,000 United miles after $2000 spend in the first 3 months
  • 5000 additional United miles after adding an authorized user
  • $50 statement credit is after first purchase
  • 10,000 additional United miles after spending $25,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • 2X United miles on United purchases
  • Check your first bag free
  • Priority boarding
  • Two complimentary passes to the United Club per year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee waived first year, then $95

What can you do with 55K United miles?

United miles are great for international travel, especially in economy class.  You can fly roundtrip to Europe for 60K miles and roundtrip to Asia from 65-75K miles in economy class. United business class is also a decent deal, but it is more expensive in miles.  If you plan on signing up multiple cards, this can be a good card to build up your balance for a business class trip.  A good value is to travel on United metal business class for 57,500 miles one way.  United international has lie-flat beds and is a nice overall product.  Of course the Asian and European airlines are a bit better, but they cost 80,000 and 70,000 respectively one way.

Can I get the bonus a second time?

The answer is, it depends.  Chase started a new rule that you can get a bonus again if you haven’t received the bonus in 24 months.  I haven’t tested this rule out yet, so I can’t vouch for it yet.  Hopefully I will be able to try signing up for another Chase Sapphire Preferred since it has been over 24 months for me since I first earned the bonus.  Others say it is possible to get the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card by signing up and creating a new MileagePlus number.  I may try this method after it’s been 3 months since my last credit card churn.

Has anybody received the sign up bonus for this credit card more than once? 

Disclosure: I do not receive any compensation for recommending this credit card. 

2 comments for “Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card 55K and $50 Credit Thoughts

  1. Maury
    August 6, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I tried to get Chase to tell me when as the last time that I had the Chase Explorer and they said that their records can’t go that far back. I don’t know what to do cause I cant remember myself.

  2. Jeff
    August 16, 2014 at 1:15 am


    Thanks for making this post. Quick question, After you claim the rewards from this card, would you most likely cancel before the annual fee hits? I guess sometime in the second year since the first year is waived?

    I’m currently a college student, so I don’t have much spend, But was looking into serve or Amazon payments to meet the spending requirements.


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