Last updated: 10/14/2020

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United Explorer

Earns: United MileagePlus

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Worthwhile if you really want United perks, including free checked bags and a few Club passes. But the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is similar—with the same annual fee and 2x points on dining spending—while also earning bonus points for travel spending. Most importantly, it offers much more flexibility in using your points.

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Last updated: 10/14/2020

United Explorer

Earns: United MileagePlus

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GigaTake:

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Worthwhile if you really want United perks, including free checked bags and a few Club passes. But the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is similar—with the same annual fee and 2x points on dining spending—while also earning bonus points for travel spending. Most importantly, it offers much more flexibility in using your points.

Card Highlights

Reward Summary
2x Hotels
2x Dining
2x United Airlines
1x All Other
Annual Fee
$0 first year
$95 thereafter
Foreign Transaction Fees
0%
Welcome Bonus
60,000 Points

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Monetary value of points

We value United MileagePlus at 1.3 cents per point.

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Card Benefits

Additional perks of owning this card

Free first checked bag

The primary cardmember and one companion traveling on the same reservation will each receive their first standard checked bag free – calculated as a $30 value for the first checked bag, each way, per person – on United-operated flights when purchasing tickets with their United Explorer Card.

25% off United onboard

25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food, beverages and Wi-Fi onboard United-operated flights when you pay with your Explorer Card.

Priority boarding

The primary cardmember and companions on the same reservation will be invited to board United-operated flights prior to general boarding.

Global Entry or TSA Precheck

Up to $100 as a statement credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck® every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee for either program when charged to your card.

2 Club Passes per year

Take some time to relax before your flight with two United Club one-time passes, which will be deposited into your MileagePlus account after account opening and each year for your Cardmember anniversary.

No blackout dates

As the primary Cardmember, you will also enjoy expanded award availability when you use miles to book any United-operated flight, any time, with no restrictions or blackout dates.

Card Details
PURCHASES APR 16.49% to 23.49%
CASH ADVANCE APR 24.99%
BALANCE TRANSFER FEE Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
CASH ADVANCE FEE Either $10 or 5% of the amount of each transaction, whichever is greater.
LATE PAYMENTS Up to $39.
RETURN CHECK FEE 0
FOREIGN TRANSACTION FEE 0%