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United Explorer 50,000 mile offer now wide open

by on Fri August 1, 2014 • No Comment

united170As of April 29, 2015 there is a deal for 50,000 miles from the United MileagePlus Explorer Card after you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months of opening your account. It’s valid until 6/2.

Who is eligible?

This is the biggest deal for the Explorer Card, so if you’re on the fence about it this is a great time to apply.

If you previously had an Explorer Card, you’re eligible to apply if you haven’t had an account in over 24 months according to the terms and conditions:

“This new cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this consumer credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this consumer credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this consumer credit card within the last 24 months”

The deal is not yet available on the Business Card, though if you login to your account at you might be targeted for a similar offer.

Are these miles still useful?

United announced a couple of big changes to the MileagePlus program this year.

First, they increased the price of a lot of international Business and First Class awards dramatically, especially on non-United flights like with its partners Lufthansa and Air Canada.

Those changes are already in effect. But they didn’t change much about the Economy Class rewards most of us look for.

> Here is a chart of how many miles you’ll need for United awards

> Here is a trick that lets you get Saver priced Business Class seats even when not available

The second change is to earning miles from flights based on how much you pay for a ticket rather than the distance you fly. That takes effect next year.

While you may find that you earn fewer miles on some flights (check out the discussion here), this doesn’t change how you earn miles via using the credit card.

It will still earn one mile for every dollar you spend, and 2 miles per dollar for all United purchases.

United miles are most useful for long International trips on its own flights, with more international destinations than any other airline, and on its Star Alliance partners, including Air Canada, Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, ANA, Air India, Thai Airways, EVA Airways, Singapore Airlines, Avianca / TACA, Copa, and more.

You’ll need 60,000 miles for a round-trip ticket to Europe, or 30,000 miles one-way, with excellent availability throughout the year.


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