The United Explorer card 50k bonus is now 40,000 miles for spending $2,000 in the first 3 months. You’ll also receive 2 United Club airport lounge passes after account opening. The Explorer card’s new bonus terms went into effect on June 1, 2018. To be eligible for the bonus offer, applicants must not have not earned an initial bonus with the Explorer card in the past 24 months.
Some of the United Explorer card’s other benefits include one free checked bag and priority boarding on United flights. There’s also a 25% discount on in-flight purchases. And, you’ll receive two more United Club lounge passes on your cardholder anniversary.
United Explorer’s $95 annual fee is waived for the first year. There’s also no foreign transaction fee. In addition, you’ll earn 2 miles for every $1 spent on restaurants and hotels. Miles are worth around 1 cent each when you redeem them for United airfare. You can also redeem miles for flights on one of United’s 28 Star Alliance partners. The card no longer offers a yearly 10,000 mile bonus for spending $25,000.
If you’re a frequent United flyer, it should be pretty easy to justify paying the Explorer Card’s$95 annual fee. The free checked bags and lounge access passes alone will offset the cost. But if your flights are spread out over several airlines, a general travel credit card might serve you better. The Capital One Venture card gets you a bonus of 50,000 miles, worth $500 when redeemed for travel purchases.
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