You can get up to 60,000 United miles by opening the airline's credit card, but the offer ends this week

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United Polaris

  • The
    United Explorer Card
     has one of its highest public sign-up
    bonuses
    , but it ends in just a few days.
  • When you
    apply
    by May 16 — this Thursday — you can earn up to 60,000
    United miles: 40,000 miles after spending $2,000 in the first three
    months, and another 20,000 miles after spending a total of $8,000
    in the first six months.
  • You can use the miles for anything from flights in economy to
    flights in Polaris business class, or even trips on Star Alliance
    partner airlines.

For the past month, Chase has been running a promotion on

the mainstream United Airlines credit card
, which it issues.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end: The limited-time bonus
ends on Thursday, May 16.

When you
open a new card
, you can earn up to 60,000 miles when you open
a new card. The offer is broken into two chunks — you’ll earn
40,000 United miles after spending $2,000 in the first three
months, and another 20,000 miles after spending a total of $8,000
in the first six months.

The
United Explorer Card
earns 2x United miles on purchases with
United and at restaurants and hotels, and 1x mile on everything
else.

This sign-up bonus is one of the better public offers
we’ve seen on this card, given the spending requirement, but it’s
only available until May 16.


The card
 offers a free checked bag when you use your card to
purchase your tickets. Since checked bags cost $30 each way, the
value of this benefit can add up quickly — if you and another
person on your reservation both take advantage of the free benefit,
you’ll save $120 on a round trip.

The
United Explorer Card
also offers priority boarding as long as
you have the open card attached to your MileagePlus account, 25%
off in-flight purchases, and up to a $100 fee credit to cover your
application to Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.

The United
Explorer
 also has two benefits that are unique among US
airline credit cards in the same class.

First, you’ll get two complimentary one-time United Club lounge
passes each year. In the lounges, you can enjoy comfortable
seating, Wi-Fi, free food and drinks, and more before your flight.
Normally, one-time entry to a United Club would cost $59 if you
didn’t have a membership.

Second, although this is an unpublished benefit, United
cardholders also get access to more
saver award space
 than other United members — that makes it
easier to find good flights when it’s time to use your miles. It’s
unclear what will happen to this benefit when United
switches to dynamic award pricing
 in November.


The card
 has a $95 annual fee, which is waived the first
year.

Should I apply?

This is one of the best public sign-up bonuses we’ve seen on
this card, so if you’re eligible to earn it, now is a great time to
apply (there was an offer of up to 65,000 miles at the beginning of
this year, but it had a higher spend requirement).

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to earn the bonus if you
currently have the United
Explorer Card
, or if you’ve earned a sign-up bonus for this
card within the past 24 months. You also may not be able to get
approved if you’ve opened five or more personal credit cards in the
past 24 months.

Also keep in mind there are other cards that might be worth
looking at if you fly United, like the
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
.

Note that we’re focusing on the rewards and perks that makes
this card a great option, not things like interest rates and late
fees, which can far outweigh the value of any rewards.

When you’re working to earn credit card rewards, it’s important
to practice financial discipline, like paying your balances off in
full each month, making payments on time, and not spending more
than you can afford to pay back. Basically,
treat your credit card like a debit card
.

Click
here to learn more about the United Explorer Card from Insider
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Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
You can get up to 60,000 United miles by opening the airline's credit card, but the offer ends this week