United℠ Explorer Card review

Loyal to United Airlines? This card rewards that loyalty with a valuable bonus opportunity, miles earned on United Airlines purchases, free checked bags, and more.

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Jennifer Doss
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United℠ Explorer Card

  • Rewards
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on dining, hotel stays and United® purchases. 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Welcome Bonus
  • Limited-time offer: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • Annual Fee
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
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Credit Score: Excellent, Good
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Key Features

Editor Analysis:

Pros
  • Enjoy 25% back on United in-flight purchases.
  • Cardholders are eligible for up to $100 as a statement credit for Global Entry, Nexus or TSA PreCheck every four years as reimbursement for the application fee for either program when charged to your card.
  • New cardholders can earn 60,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months.
Cons
  • If you are not a devotee of United Airlines or you simply don't travel very often, you'll likely want to consider a more general rewards card instead.
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If United is your airline of choice, then the CardName is a must to consider for your wallet, if only for the solid travel perks.

The benefits kick in immediately when you arrive at the airport. You get one free checked bag for both you and a companion, as well as free trip cancellation/interruption insurance. (Pro tip: You really don’t know how valuable trip cancellation/interruption insurance is until that first time something completely unexpected happens and you need it.) You also get 25% back on all in-flight purchases. If you fly frequently, this can really add up.

Looking to expedite the check-in process? Cardholders are also eligible for up to $100 as a statement credit for Global Entry, Nexus or TSA PreCheck every four years as reimbursement for the application fee for either program when charged to the card.

If you book your rental car using your Explorer card, you also get included auto rental collision damage coverage. Simply decline the collision coverage offered by the rental company. This is good on most rental cars in the United States and in eligible countries around the world.

And the cherry on top? CardName is presently offering 60,000 bonus miles for new cardholders who spend $3,000 in the first three months. Depending on your travel dates and destination, this bonus alone has the potential to pay for multiple one-way flights.

On an ongoing basis you’ll earn two miles per dollar spent on purchases with United as well as on dining and hotel stays, and one mile per dollar on all other purchases.

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CardName does not charge foreign transaction fees. If you travel frequently overseas for business or pleasure, this perk can be a huge savings for you or your company.

Many credit card companies charge foreign transaction fees, with many averaging around 3%. So, as an example, if you travel abroad a couple times of year spending $6,000 total in other countries, you’d find yourself paying an extra $180 in fees. With the CardName, there are no fees, so that money stays in your bank account.

Potential downsides of the card_name

If you are not a devotee of United Airlines or you simply don’t travel very often, this is probably not the card for you as the card carries an annual fee: annual_fees.

The rewards program is fairly average, offering two miles for every dollar spent on United, hotel, and restaurant purchases, and one mile for each dollar spent on other purchases. It can add up, but only if you travel frequently.

On the outside chance you would use the CardName to transfer a balance from another card, you should be aware there is no balance transfer promotional interest rate and the normal APR is RegAPR. There is also a fee on all balance transfers: BalanceTransferFees

How do cardholders rate the card_name?

CardRatings conducts a survey annually to learn what actual cardholders think of their cards. Here are the results for the card_name:

 Current ScoresPast Scores
Overall Score7475.5
Features Satisfaction7.27.7
Customer Service7.47.7
Website/App Usability7.67.6
Likelihood of Continuing to Use8.17.9
Recommend to a Friend/Colleague7.36.9
Scores above reflect the results of surveys with actual cardholders. Full methodology below.

How does the card_name compare to other cards?

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CardName is a go-to card for loyal United Airlines travelers, but the CardName matches up well if you tend to travel on various airlines.

Sapphire Preferred® offers 60,000 points to new cardholders (earned once spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening an account). This bonus is worth $750 toward travel when redeemed through Chase Travel℠.

On an ongoing basis, the Sapphire Preferred® offers 5x on travel purchased through Chase Travel; 3x on dining, select streaming services and online groceries; 2x on all other travel purchases; 1x on all other purchases; a $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit; plus more.

The CardName offers numerous perks specific to United Airlines (detailed above). The CardName might not offer United specific perks, but the real benefit of CardName is that you aren’t tied to one specific airline when it comes to redeeming your rewards. This card has a number of travel loyalty partners, including United, offering you more freedom in how you travel.

Neither card charges foreign transaction fees.

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In many ways, the CardName is, for fans of Delta Airlines, what the CardName is for fans of United Airlines. Both offer perks that reward brand loyalty. American Express is a CardRatings advertiser.

Both cards also offer perks on their respective airlines, such as one free checked bag. They each have decent welcome offers, too. New CardName users can earn 65,000 bonus miles once spending $3,000 in purchases on the card in your first six months. Amex Delta takes things a step further with a $200 Delta flight credit, earned once spending $10,000 in purchases in a calendar year.

Is the card_name a good card?

If United Airlines is your airline of choice and you tend to travel frequently on business or pleasure, the CardName is well worth the annual fee and should be a fine addition to your wallet. The numerous perks, along with the absence of a foreign transaction fee could save you hundreds of dollars a year, as well as time and aggravation.

Frequently asked questions

The card_name is designed for people with good to excellent credit. This generally means a FICO score of 670 or higher, with better approval odds for scores above 700. That said, other factors such as your overall credit history, income, and debt-to-income ratio could also be considered during the application process.
The credit limit for the card_name can vary widely based on individual factors such as your credit score, income, credit history, and overall financial situation. Chase does not disclose specific credit limit ranges for the card_name, as limits are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Our Methodology

Survey methodology: CardRatings commissioned Op4G in September 2023 to conduct surveys among 1,869 cardholders nationwide. CardRatings website analytics from Jan. 1, 2023-Aug. 31, 2023 were used to determine a selection of the most popular cards and additional cards were included to add survey breadth. Responses to each of nine questions were given on a scale of 1-10 and respondents’ scores were then averaged under broad topics. To determine the overall score, responses from questions 1-8 were summed and the answer to “How likely are you to recommend this card to a friend, coworker or family member?” was double weighted. Current Scores reflect scores from the most recent survey (2023); “Past Scores” reflect scores from the 2022 survey.

Disclaimer:The information in this article is believed to be accurate as of the date it was written. Please keep in mind that credit card offers change frequently. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information in this article. Reasonable efforts are made to maintain accurate information. See the online credit card application for full terms and conditions on offers and rewards. Please verify all terms and conditions of any credit card prior to applying.


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