Greg wrote this morning about the upcoming United MileagePlus prepaid debit card and how it may become a way of amassing United miles cheaply and easily. If you’re looking to further pad your United balance, there is a targeted offer good for up to 75K total miles for the United MileagePlus Explorer card, and it only takes a couple of seconds to see if you’re eligible.
- 70,000 miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
- 5,000 miles after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months
- $95 annual fee not waived the first year
- 2X on tickets purchased from United
- 1X everywhere else
- First checked bag free for you and a companion on United-operated flights
- Priority boarding
- 10,000 mile bonus after spending $25,000 in a calendar year
How to see if you’re eligible
Upon clicking the link to this offer — direct link here (not an affiliate link) — you will be prompted to log in to your MileagePlus account. You should then see an offer for either 50K or 70K miles. My wife and I only received the 50K-mile offer, but many people have reported seeing the 70K-mile offer despite never having received the snail mail targeted offer. While this won’t be available to everyone, it’s worth a shot if you’re in the market for more United miles. Note that this card is known to be subject to the 5/24 rule. Therefore, if you have opened 5 or more accounts in the past 24 months, you will not be eligible to open this card. If you are not over 5/24 and you have a small business, you might consider the Ink Business Preferred as that card comes with an 80K point sign up bonus (albeit with a greater minimum spend). Those points could be transferred to United (or any of Chase’s Ultimate Rewards partners). However, if you’re looking for benefits like the free checked bag and priority boarding in addition to the sign up bonus, this MileagePlus Explorer offer is as good as we’ve seen in recent years.