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welcome offer

Earn a total of 65,000 points after a total of $10,000 spent within the first 6 months. See offer details

Bonus Cash Value

Approximately $845*

Annual Fee

$95 (waived 1st year)

Card Rewards

2 points on purchases by United Airlines, restaurants, and hotels

1 point everywhere else

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Card Overview

The United Explorer card is great for those traveling with United. You get your first checked bag free, priority boarding, and expanded award availability. The card comes along with various great travel insurance like trip cancellation or trip delay, as well as baggage delay or lost luggage insurance. You earn 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants, hotels, and United purchases plus earn unlimited 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases.

Offer Details

Earn a total 45,000 points after a total of $10,000 spent within the first 6 months. Earn 40,000 points after $2,000 spent within the first three months. Plus, earn an additional 25,000 points after spending a total of $10,000 within the first six months

Card-Smart Tips & Advice
  • Good credit needed (you will probably need at least one credit card open for more than a year)
  • Chase will decline an applicant that has opened 5 or more cards (other issuers included) in the past 24 months. Hence, 5/24 rule
  • You can get approved for up to 2 Chase credit cards in 30 days. Business cards and personal cards are counted separately
  • Chase Bank will usually pull your Experian credit report
  • You can check your application status at  Chase.com  / Customer Center / Check my app status or call 1 888 338 2586
  • If declined you can call 1 888 609 7805 to be reconsidered
  • The Chase United Explorer card can be downgraded to the Chase United Gateway ($0). Please note, Chase will only allow you to downgrade the card after 12 months of account opening.
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Welcome Offer Eligibility
The United Explorer card is not available to either current Cardmembers of the United Explorer credit card, or previous Cardmembers of the United Explorer credit card who received a welcome bonus for this credit card within the last 24 months.
Card Details And Benefits
Upgraded Status

Premier upgrades on United flights (only for Mileage Plus Premier members)

Free Baggage

First checked bag free for you and one companion on United flights. Plus receive a free carry-on bag even with a basic economy ticket. The ticket must be purchased with your United credit card and your MileagePlus number must be added to the reservation.

Extra Redemption Value

Expanded Award Availability on United Flights when booking award flights

Global Entry and TSA pre-check

Get a statement credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check every 4 years.

Foreign Transaction Fee

None

Lounge Access

Access to United Club lounges, with 2 complimentary passes annually.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Coverage for canceled or interrupted travel due to an unforeseen medical emergency etc. Max $1,500 per passenger and $6,000 per trip for non-refundable flight tickets.

Auto Rental Collision Insurance

Worldwide primary coverage on rentals. Coverage is for rentals up to 31 days.

Travel Accident Insurance

Get coverage if you, G-d forbid, die in an accident while traveling or lose a limb, sight, speech, or hearing (on common carriers). Receive up to $500,000 in compensation.

Lost Luggage Reimbursement

Get up to $3,000 per person for lost or damaged luggage.

Trip Delay Reimbursement

If your flight is delayed for 12+ hours, you can claim up to $500 per trip to cover expenses like meals, lodging, toiletries, medication, and other personal use items.

Extended Warranty Protection

Get up to one additional year on top of the original manufacturer’s warranty. (Will only cover if the original warranty is for 3 years or less).

Purchase Protection

Get refunded if your purchase is damaged or stolen, up to 120 days from the date of purchase. Max $10,000 per claim, $50,000 per year.

Luggage Delay Insurence

If your baggage is delayed for 6+ hours, you can claim up to $100 per day to cover expenses like toiletries & clothing, for up to 3 days.

Priority Boarding

Get complimentary priority boarding on United flights.

Inflight Savings

Receive 25% back (statement credit) on United in-flight purchases of wifi, food, and drinks

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*The estimate is based on our research on what approximate value consumers get when booking travel with points or transferring the points to partner airlines/hotels and booking award travel. You might need to be reward savvy to achieve the proper value. You can find out more on how we value points here

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