After increasing the signup bonus for the Marriott card, Chase bank has done the same for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card. This card now offers 50,000 MileagePlus miles (formerly 30,000) upon completion of a $2,000 minimum spend.
In addition to the improved signup bonus, the card also offers the following benefits:
- Get a free checked bag every time you fly as long as you keep the card
- Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year
- There are no foreign transaction fees
- The annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year
Note, however, that as with the Marriott card, this probably isn’t the best card for everyday use. That’s still the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which offers 40,000 points for initial signup and then double points for all dining + travel spend.
The best strategy for most of us is to get the updated United card for the limited-time signup bonus, meet the minimum spend, and then revert to using other cards on an ongoing basis.