You can no longer get the United Explorer Credit Card 50k bonus as the card now offers a higher bonus; 60,000 miles for spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. You are eligible for this bonus if you have not received a United Explorer Credit Card initial bonus within the last 24 months.
The United Explorer Credit Card’s annual fee is: $0 intro 1st yr, $95 after. In addition, this card comes with a 0% foreign transaction fee. Plus, it offers plenty of other airline and travel-specific perks.
Here’s what the United Explorer Credit Card offers:
- Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
- Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on eligible purchases from United, at restaurants, eligible delivery services (including GrubHub, Caviar, Seamless and DoorDash) and on hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel.
- Earn 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases.
- Receive 25% back as a statement credit on United inflight purchases. And up to $100 Global Entry, TSA PreCheck™ or NEXUS fee credit.
- Free first checked bag (save up to $140 per roundtrip) for primary cardmember and one companion traveling on the same reservation.
- Enjoy two United Club one-time passes (over a $100 value), after account opening and each year for your Cardmember anniversary.
- Priority boarding, Premier upgrades on award tickets (when available) and no blackout dates.
- Earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 you spend on purchases, up to 1,000 PQP in a calendar year.
If you’re a frequent United flyer, it should be pretty easy to justify paying the United Explorer Credit Card’s $95 annual fee from the second year onward. The free checked bags and lounge access passes alone will offset the cost.
However, if your flights are spread out over several airlines, a general travel credit card might serve you better. For example, the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card offers a bonus of 75,000 miles for spending $4,000 in the first 3 months.
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