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If you’re a United Premier 1K level flier, which requires earning 100,000 Premier Qualifying Miles a year and spending $12,000 on United tickets, you’re probably also a Chase United MileagePlus credit card holder.
If you are, every year between about April and July, you’ve been getting a $60 statement credit to one of your Chase United MileagePlus credit card accounts as a perk of being a 1K member.
That’s about to end.
The $60 statement credits given out in 2016 will be the last ones offered, and the benefit will discontinue after this year according to this notice on the United website.
This cut comes after a string of improvements for Premier 1K fliers.
Last fall, 1Ks started getting a free alcoholic beverage when sitting in Economy on most United flights.
And this year, they started getting free snacks and even hot meal choices when in Economy Class on domestic and some international flights.
Some 1K members might not even notice this change.
The $60 statement credit was a legacy from the United side of the pre merger house.
Continental Airlines, which merged with Untied in 2010, had a credit card deal with Chase, but didn’t offer its top tier fliers a statement credit each year. So former Continental fliers who became 1K level fliers with the new United started getting a statement credit they didn’t expect.
And neither United nor Chase has aggressively marketed this benefit.
Either way though, it’s $60 less in the pocket of many United 1Ks than before.
And that could be reason to give pause and reassess the value of the United MileagePlus credit cards in your wallet.
You might decide to request a lower (or even no) annual fee version.
Or you might decide getting the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which earns points you can transfer into frequent travel partner programs including United MileagePlus and others, might be a better choice for the additional flexibility it offers.
For a Premier 1K the only real advantages of holding a standard United MileagePlus Explorer Card vs a Chase Sapphire Preferred are the ability to get upgraded on award tickets and, if you happen to spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year, the opportunity to earn a 10,000 mile bonus.
As a Premier 1K the free checked bag and priority boarding privileges of the Explorer Card overlap with 1K benefits, so there’s no value add there.
If you’re lucky enough to hold an old United MileagePlus Select Card, which offers 3 award miles per $1 spent on Untied tickets and 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases made at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants and home-improvement stores, plus 5,000 bonus award miles each year on your account anniversary, you’ll probably want to hang onto it.
That card also offers up to 5,000 Premier qualifying miles each year on purchases made on United.com, and those miles can count toward earning your Premier 1K status.
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