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Can you still get a United Presidential Plus credit card?

by on Tue April 21, 2015 • 2 Comments


The United Presidential Plus credit card has been closed to new applicants for several years now, and was replaced by the United Club Card for new applicants.

People who had the Presidential Plus before the merger of United and Continental are able to keep their accounts active with unique benefits like the ability to earn Premier Qualifying Miles toward United Premier status via card spending.

The Presidential Plus earns 1,000 Premier Qualifying Miles for every $5,000 you spend, with no limit to how many you can earn, which makes it a favorite of really big spenders.

If you have one, you know it’s special because no United cards currently being marketed let you earn Premier Qualifying Miles via your card spending.

But there may be (very limited) exceptions for very good customers.

Reader MarkG reports:

“I can confirm that Chase does make rare exceptions to the “no new applicants” on Presidential Plus cards. I had a regular, un-updated standard Mileage Plus Select Visa that hadn’t been updated since around year 2000. I called last year and asked if I could get a Presidential Plus card. They said it’s not open to new applicants, and I said, I’ve been w/ this credit card since Chase bought First USA in the 90′s blah blah blah… so they had me change my Select card to the Club Card in the meantime, and the guy said, people ask all the time, but I’ve never seen anyone get one.

However, he would put in a request nevertheless. I got a letter about two weeks later that they had made an exception for me and they would be delighted to invite me to the Presidential Plus card. I got a new account number, got switched over to MasterCard from Visa, and all my account history moved over with it.

The Club Card was thus cancelled, the fees are slightly different, so there had to be a refund and a new charge for the annual fee etc, and this was all already taken care of. I received the welcome materials a few days later. I happen to also have a Mileage Plus Club Card as my business card, and frankly, I’m far more satisfied using the Presidential Plus.”

And we’ve heard other sporadic reports of Presidential Plus product changes for United Club Card holders.

So at the very least it sounds like you might be considered for a Presidential Plus card if you have…

  • A United Club Card account open
  • A long, solid history of holding United branded credit cards
  • Some luck – as none of this is official, and could change at any time

So if you’re a longtime United MileagePlus credit card holder and want in on the Presidential Plus, it might be worth a call to see if there’s a chance you can upgrade.

Just note that the Premier Qualifying Miles you earn from a Presidential Plus card only count for earning status up to the Premier Platinum level. You can’t earn full 1K status using any Premier Qualifying Miles earned via card spending.

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2 thoughts on Can you still get a United Presidential Plus credit card?

  1. John Weaver

    I have had the presidential plus card for years. I achieve Gold Elite status with a combination of flying and spending then using my flex PQMs to get to at least 50,000 hence Gold. With all the changes taking place What is my future? I have enough already to make silver and should have no problem making Gold by the end of the year, but have they changed the rules on me now. Cant seem to find out thanks John


      @John – Nothing’s changed for you – as long as you spend more than $25k a year on the card you don’t have to think about those airfare spending requirements for Premier Gold. Just keep earning like you’re used to.


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