United Airlines is running a limited-time offer on the Explorer Card — here's where to fly with its 65,000-mile sign-up bonus

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  • When you include points you’ll earn from spending, you
    can have 75,000 miles or more in six months.
  • 75,000 miles is enough for three domestic round-trip
    flights, or one round-trip ticket to a wide range of international
  • Here are the best ways to use the miles from the
    sign-up bonus.

United offers several great credit cards for frequent flyers,
and the
United Explorer card
currently offers a bonus of up to 65,000
bonus miles. First, you’ll earn 40,000 miles after spending $2,000
in the first three months after opening a new account. If you hit
$10,000 within six months, you’ll get another 25,000 miles. When
you take into account the purchases, you’ll come out with at least
75,000 miles after you earn the full bonus.

This card
comes with a number of other benefits useful for
regular travelers on United. Those include a free first checked bag
when you buy your ticket with the card, a credit worth up to $100
on TSA PreCheck or Global Entry every four years, two annual United
lounge passes, priority boarding, and 25% back on in-flight

While the card does charge an annual fee of $95 (waived the
first year), it is easy to see how you can get that back and more
when you include benefits and the 2x miles per dollar earned at
restaurants, hotels, and United and 1x mile everywhere else.

Plus, that sign-up bonus can be worth thousands of dollars in
free travel!

Let’s take a look at some of the best flights you can get on
United with that 75,000 miles you would have from the
Explorer card
after taking into account the sign-up bonus and
first $10,000 in spending.

1. Enjoy sushi in Tokyo

United operates a nonstop flight from Denver to Tokyo on the
comfortable and ultra-modern 787 Dreamliner. In coach, you can book
that round-trip nonstop for 70,000 miles plus $45.43 in fees.

After recently watching the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi,
I’m tempted to take the trip. If you visit with this flight, your
dinner will cost more than seven times what you’ll pay out of
pocket for your flights!

2. Afternoon tea in London

London is a beautiful, cultured city with a long and exciting
history. A nonstop, round-trip flight from Chicago or New York to
London Heathrow airport will take 60,000 miles and just under $200
in fees ($181.13, to be exact). Heathrow is notorious for those
high landing fees, even on award tickets booked with miles! But
even with them, $181 out of pocket is a bargain for a trip to

When you get there, you can tour famous museums, churches, and
other attractions. Stop in for afternoon tea before gussying up for
a night on the town and show on the West End. If you have enough
time, you can even hop on the train to Paris for a night or two
before flying home!

3. From Miami to Ibiza

Electronic dance music fans are familiar with the anthem about
dancing “from Miami to Ibiza.” If you want to dance until the
morning hours in two of EDM’s capital cities, you can get there for
60,000 miles and about $150 round-trip.

Ibiza’s peak season is the summer, and Saver-level award flights
are somewhat limited during that season. If you want to go to a
destination outside of a major city, planning as far ahead as
possible helps you lock in the Saver award rate, which is the

best price when you book award tickets

4. Business class to Mexico

Saver coach awards are 17,500 each way from the mainland United
States to Mexico. With that, you have enough for two round-trip
tickets! But if you want to travel in luxury, you can upgrade that
to business class for 30,000 each way.

While a North America business class experience doesn’t offer
the same luxury as an overseas trip, it could be the perfect
upgrade to start a vacation on the Mexican Riviera or on the way to
explore Mexico City.

Celebrate Carnival in Rio

Rio de Janeiro is the party mecca of the world during the annual
Carnival celebration. If you want to dance and embrace this
colorful, exciting event, you can get there with your United

An economy flight from North America to Brazil is 30,000 miles
each way when you fly on coach and book  Saver awards. Hopefully,
those nearly free flights leave you enough spending money to get a
lavish hotel or front row seats at one of the big shows.

5. Jet-set around the US

Most round-trips in the US are 25,000 round-trip with a Saver
award, but you can find some as cheap as 20,000 for itineraries of
700 miles or less. That means you can use those miles for a small
bundle of flights around the country.

How you use your miles is ultimately up to you. That’s the fun
of a credit card bonus. Once you get those miles in your account,
your biggest problem will be deciding where to fly next!

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United Airlines is running a limited-time offer on the Explorer Card — here's where to fly with its 65,000-mile sign-up bonus