Don’t Settle for Only 50k (55k) Miles – Get the Better United MileagePlus Explorer Card Offer

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The Better United MileagePlus Explorer Offer

Yesterday there was a lot of coverage about the United MileagePlus Explorer card. The normal bonus on this card is 30k miles, but for a limited time they have upped the bonus to 50k miles plus you can still get another 5k for adding an authorized user and having them use the card. The annual fee is waived the first year.

There have been targeted 50k offers on and off for awhile, but this is no doubt a fantastic deal. Even though United has really lost a lot of value on international premium class redemptions, 50k miles still can get you quite far (especially in economy), plus you can always supplement United miles with Ultimate Rewards.

The Better Offer

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So yes 50k miles is a great bonus offer, but you can do even better. All you have to do is search for a flight on the United website. On the top of the search results you should see a banner advertising the 50k offer. Look closely and you will notice it also comes with a $50 statement credit. Why would you apply for this card without the $50 credit?

Card Benefits

Here is a quick run down of the card benefits:

  • Free first checked bag
  • Priority boarding
  • No fees on foreign transactions
  • 2 United ClubSM passes per year
  • 10,000 Bonus Miles when you spend $25,000 in net purchases on your Card each year
  • 5,000 Bonus Miles when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first three months
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on tickets purchased from United
  • Earn 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases

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My Take

I have had this card in the past and it is great if you are flying on United since you do get the free checked bag and priority boarding. The Mileage Plus Explorer also comes with primary rental car insurance which is pretty rare (although the Sapphire Preferred has it now).

Beyond the card benefits, this card is high on my list because of the bonus. The last time I had the MileagePlus Explorer was just over two years ago, so I am highly considering this offer. (I wonder how many cards Chase will let me get!)


We are living in the golden age of credit card offers. With that said, you should always be looking for something better. In this case don’t settle for just 55k miles, make sure to get your $50 too!

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Shawn Coomer
Since 2007 Shawn Coomer has been circling the globe with his family for pennies on the dollar. He uses that first-hand knowledge and experience to teach others how to achieve their travel dreams for the least amount of money possible.

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  1. Hey Shawn,

    I’ve never thought of applying the $50 statement credit! Thanks for the hint. A question for you. You mentioned you’ve had the credit card. Do you notice any credit score change when you cancelled that card later on? I mostly fly UA but the MP programme is getting “unfriendly”. I don’t intend to keep this card too long because I am using LH M&M. Thank you.

    • I kept this card for a year since I didn’t want to pay the annual fee. While I do have a few cards that I keep since I have had them forever, I do cancel cards where I don’t feel the annual fee is worth it and haven’t seen a noticeable drop in my credit score. Everyone’s situation is different, but my score did not drop.

  2. Hats off for you who always post the best offer, regardless of receiving commission or not! That’s why I always put your blog on my top must read list!

  3. Hey Shawn,
    What kind of FICO do I need to get this card? Also about 2 months ago I got the Chase Hyatt–should I wait longer to apply?


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