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United MileagePlus® Explorer Card Review

Top Features

Rewards
Earn miles on all purchases
Bonus Rewards
40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% Variable 
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

This card compared to other reward cards

Rewards
Earn miles on all purchases
5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel. 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide
Bonus Rewards
40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% Variable 
N/A 
17.99% - 24.99% Variable 
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
$550
$0 Intro for First Year, then $95
Rates and Fees
This card is best for consumers with excellent credit who travel with United frequently.
CardRatings.com Editorial Staff

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card details

Balance Transfer Intro APR:
N/A
Balance Transfer Intro Period:
APR:
N/A
Balance Transfer Fee:
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.

Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.

Annual Fee:
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

What Chase says about this card

  • 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club℠ with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
*This information about United MileagePlus® Explorer Card has been collected by CardRatings.com and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
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  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
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Credit Needed:
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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
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  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
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Credit Needed:
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