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Earn 60,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months.

Bonus Value

Approximately $780

Annual Fee

$95 (waived 1st year)

Card Rewards

2 points on purchases by United Airlines, dining, 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 insurance, trip delay insurance, baggage delay insurance, and lost luggage insurance, and more (see details below). You earn 2 miles per dollar spent on dining, hotels, and United purchases plus earn unlimited 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases.

Card-Smart Tips & Advice
  • Credit: Good credit needed (you will probably need at least one credit card open for more than a year)
  • Chase 5/24 rule: There are data points that this card is currently bypassing the 5/24 rule
  • Max cards: You can get approved for up to 2 Chase credit cards in 30 days. Business cards and personal cards are counted separately
  • Apply for two cards: If you apply for one Chase card and get approved, it is recommended to apply for a second card since Chase is very good about approving for two cards, even within the same day. If the first application is still pending, wait for it to be approved before you apply for a second card
  • Credit bureau: Chase Bank will usually pull your Experian credit report
  • Combining same-day credit inquiries: Some data points suggest that credit inquiries for all Personal Chase cards for same-day applications will be combined; also, credit inquiries for all Business Chase cards for same-day applications will be combined. Credit inquiries for Personal and Business card applications will not be combined. More recent data points suggest that Chase credit inquiries will not be combined even for two Personal or two Business cards for same-day applications
  • Check application status: You can check your application status at  / Customer Center / Check my app status or call 1 888 338 2586
  • Reconsideration: If declined you can call 1 888 609 7805 to be reconsidered
  • Quickest way to get my card: You will be able to add your new card to your mobile wallet immediately after you get approved (it can sometimes take up to an hour for it to show up in your online login).

  • Downgrade options: 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.

Approval Monitor (submitted by HelpMeBuildCredit users)

94% Approved
748 Avg. Score of those approved
6% Denied
Approved 94% (30)
Denied 6% (2)

Credit limit range $5,000-$30,000

Avg. Credit limit$11,207

Approved 94% (30)
Denied 6% (2)

Disclosure: These results are based on information submitted by HelpMeBuildCredit users. Credit card approval results are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. Neither HelpMeBuildCredit nor the bank advertiser's take any responsibility on the accuracy of the information.

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

- 2 points on purchases by United Airlines, dining, and hotels
- 1 point everywhere else

Foreign Transaction Fee

No foreign transaction fee.

Upgraded Status

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

Get boosted to a higher status faster! Earn up to 1,000 bonus Premier Qualifying Points. Earn 500 PQPs for every $12,000 you spend with your card (up to 1,000 PQPs per calendar year).

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 for travel on United Flights when booking award flights.

Global Entry and TSA pre-check

Get a statement credit for Global Entry, TSA Precheck, or NEXUS every 4 years.

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 your original manufacturer's warranty time matched (up to a year). (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 insurance

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

How can the points be used?

The points can be redeemed for award flights on United airlines and its partners at the approximate value of 1 cent per point. 

United Mileage partners include:

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EgyptAir
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Swiss Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Thai Airways
  • United Airlines

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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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